WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU Exclusive Video Interviews

     December 9, 2008

Written by Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

Opening this Friday, in very limited release, is writer/director Brian Goodman’s first film “What Doesn’t Kill You”.

The movie is based on events from his own life and it stars Mark Ruffalo (Brian) and Ethan Hawke (Paulie) as friends who grew up like brothers on the gritty streets of south Boston. They do whatever it takes to survive, living by the code of their dog-eat-dog neighborhood. Petty crimes and misdemeanors grow into more serious offenses and eventually, they fall under sway to organized crime boss Pat Kelly (played by Goodman). As Brian becomes increasingly lost in a haze of drugs and ‘jobs,’ even the love he has for his wife (Amanda Peet) and his children does not seem like it will be enough to redeem him. Meanwhile, Paulie plans “one last heist” but knows it will take both of them to pull it off.

So to help promote the film, I recently got to speak with Amanda Peet, Mark Ruffalo and writer/director Brian Goodman.

During my interviews with all three of them, we talked about all the usual stuff and Dunkin Donuts. Trust me, if you’re from the northeast, you’ll understand.

Finally, if you’d like to watch some clips from “What Doesn’t Kill You”, click here.

Amanda Peet

  • How did she get involved in the project and what was it like filming in South Boston
  • She came to the project kind of late, so how did she prepare
  • She talks about working with Mark
  • I ask her where the Dunkin Donuts are in the movie – we then spend sometime talking about the company
  • 2012 talk

Brian Goodman and Mark Ruffalo

  • Brian talks about what the promotional process has been like
  • I ask them why they didn’t have any Dunkin Donuts in the movie as that’s the staple of Boston
  • They talk about making the movie in South Boston
  • We talk about how South Boston has changed
  • I ask Mark to talk about getting ready to play the part

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