Raymond de Felitta, writer/director of the film City Island, discusses his film’s attention-getting subplot in this article in Salon.
A subplot involves the Rizzo family’s youngest son (the brilliant Ezra Miller) who is secretly ashamed of his adolescent yearning for the woman next door, an Internet “goddess” named Denise who is 400 pounds and a proud advocate of BBWs… one of the most frequently asked question I get at Q&As is: “What’s with you and the fat chick stuff?” Only people don’t come out and say it quite that way. Instead they say:
“Uh … the section of the film with the … larger woman … and the boy who um … likes her … (pause, then) … um — why?”
The director explains that he created this subplot to try and find a secret for the teenage boy to keep that was original, rather than “been there, done that.” The article also has a look at the casting process for the character of Denise which will surprise, oh, nobody.
When I wrote the word “obese” in my script, it somehow got translated to “overweight” to the breakdown service. As a result, we were deluged with photos of women who were, like, 170 pounds. As I poured through them in dismay, I realized that a Hollywood casting director’s idea of obese and what I was writing about were about 200 pounds apart. When I told them that I needed to see people much, MUCH larger, they answered:
“Oh. But you don’t really want to cast somebody that fat, do you?”
To which my answer became a defiant: “Fatter.”
Thanks to Weetabix for the link!
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