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Drunk Judgment

There’s been all sorts of chatter on twitter and the blogosphere about the antics of THE FP filmmakers at their second SXSW screening at the Ritz.  They spent an elbow-bending day at the Dirty Dog and when it came time for their screening, they were flat out drunk and dare I say a bit obnoxious.

Drunk Judgment

There’s been all sorts of chatter on twitter and the blogosphere about the antics of THE FP filmmakers at their second SXSW screening at the Ritz.  They spent an elbow-bending day at the Dirty Dog and when it came time for their screening, they were flat out drunk and dare I say a bit obnoxious.

The Alamo prides itself on kicking out talkers from the theater, but since the Trost gang were the guests of honor, it was unclear as to whether they should be allowed to carry on and disrupt their own screening.  The next day, I clarified the official policy for our staff – they should NOT have been allowed to carry on.  I let the Alamo team know that I’d kick my own mother to the curb if she were hopped up on Four Loko and cracking wise during a movie.

Anyone who knows me well is aware that occasionally, I’ll have some lapses in good thinking and proper behavior due to the consumption of a few too many cocktails.  The dangerous thing about inebriation is that the euphoria comes with a distinct lack of better judgment.

On that very same night (which became the Ides of March at the stroke of midnight) while THE FP posse was being rowdy at the Alamo, I was equally inebriated and rambunctious, winning the Bellflower live cricket eating contest (see photo above).  Clearly not the actions of a clear-thinking man.

The next morning, I apologized to my wife for regurgitating crickets in our bed, and THE FP team sent me a heartfelt apology for disrupting the screening of their film.  Jason Trost said it best: “You can take the boy out of the FP, but you can’t take the FP out of the boy.”

In my book, you get a few occasional “free passes” in life for foolish drunken behavior.  The FP team was nervous, excited and were celebrating their world premiere with  too many drinks at the Dirty Dog.   I ate a 100 crickets and made a mess in the bedroom.  I don’t think either one will be repeated.

I’m a huge fan of THE FP – I think it is one of the most original movies I’ve seen recently, and I think the Trost family will do great things.  I am excited about their work as part of the creative team behind the sublime Crank franchise, the reboot of Ghost Rider with Nicholas Cage, and the highly-anticipated sequels to their personal epic saga of THE FP.

There’s one more screening left at SXSW.  I encourage all of you to check it out.  I promise a “hoot and holler” free Alamo for the show.

Cheers,

Tim League
founder, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Fantastic Fest
occasional inebriate

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