Exclusive Interview with Producers Gabe and Alan Polsky BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS

     November 17, 2009


While brothers Gabe and Alan Polsky launched Polsky Films three years ago, they’ve been very busy.  In a very short amount of time they got their first movie made, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, and they’re developing biopics of Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud, as well as an adaptation of Flowers For Algernon.  They’ve also got Sam Mendes attached to direct an adaptation of Butcher’s Crossing for Focus Features.  So while they might be new to the industry, they’re clearly aiming to be around for awhile.

With Bad Lieutenant getting ready for release this weekend, I recently got to sit down with the brothers for an extended conversation on where they came from, how they got into the business, how Bad Lieutenant came together and what was it like on set, what other projects they’re working on, and could there be more Bad Lieutenant’s in other cities.  It’s a great conversation with these two rising producers.  Watch it after the jump:

Finally, as I said when I posted my Nic Cage interview, Bad Lieutenant is a great movie and Cage deliverers one of his best performances.  Go see it this weekend.  Here are the brothers:

Alan Polsky and Gabe Polsky part 1

  • Who they are and how they got into producing
  • 3:00 – How did they get Nic and Werner.  They talk about how much Nic and Werner did to the script and story
  • 6:20 – Gabe talks about how he wanted Werner
  • 7:55 – is the talk of taking Bad Lt. to other cities true
  • 9:35 – they demonstrated how much freedom they gave Nic and Werner.  Do they think it’ll help them if they wanted to make another Bad Lt. and have they gone out to other people to do another version

Alan Polsky and Gabe Polsky part 2

  • How difficult was it to get financing for the film
  • Were they on set every day and what was that like.  They tell some great behind the scenes stories
  • 4:20 – They talk about what they are developing.  They say they have a Einstein project and a Sigmund Freud project.  They say they’d like to do a Charlie Kaufman type movie for Freud.
  • 7:00 – Do they think it’s going to be easier for future projects to get made since they can point at Bad Lt. and show what they did on that
  • 8:30 – did they approach Charlie Kaufman for Freud and they say they did ask him but he didn’t want to do it
  • 9:15 – Gabe says they are developing a project at Focus with Sam Mendes called Butcher’s Crossing.  Calls it a “revisionist western”.
  • 9:40 – Flowers for Algernon talk.
  • 10:20 – what might be on the DVD/Blu-ray

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