This week, director of Ugly Americans, Aaron Augenblick, and his team at Augenblick Studios, hit global crowdfunding Indiegogo to raise $100,000 for his latest project, Adventures of Drunky.
“The Adventures of Drunky is about a hapless barfly named Drunky (Sam Rockwell). When God (Jeffrey Tambor) and the Devil (Steve Coogan) make a cosmic bet and destroy his life, Drunky travels through Heaven and Hell to rescue the girl he loves (Nina Arianda) and save the world.”
Others involved in the project include John Leguizamo, Abby Elliot, Jon Glaser, Noel Wells, Larry Murphy Jay Pharaoh, and Tyler the Creator. Funds from the campaign will be used for the production (cast, script, voice records, and art concepts have been completed).
During a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly , Augenblick revealed more details about the Drunky’s “unique” character:
“Drunky is a f—-up. I love f—-ups. I think there’s a big difference between a f—-up and a loser. A loser is someone [where] bad things happen to them, they feel bad about it, they’re depressed, and generally a negative person. What I find really funny is a f—-up, because they are their own worst enemy, and they’re always going to try to make things happen for themselves and fail miserably, and never quit understand what they’re doing wrong. Drunky, to me, was a perfect f—-up for this movie.”
He also noted:
“But what makes him likable and fascinating as a character is that he never gives up. He never gives up, no matter what ridiculous things happen. It’s the joke of the movie he’s such a loser, he has such terrible bad luck that of course if God and the Devil decide to make a bet and decide to ruin someone’s life, and they pull out a giant heavenly slot machine and choose one guy at random on the entire Earth, of course it’s Drunky, because he has that kind of luck.
“What gets really exciting and really funny is seeing a guy with the worst luck in the world face even more hardships, and then overcome them. That’s what I want see. I want to see the hero’s journey of this guy who’s had every bad scrape in life overcome and become a hero for the very first time in his life.”
In regards to the film’s cast, Aaron added:
“The performances we got are unbelievable; I’ve never heard anything like it. it’s so funny. To hear God and The Devil arguing, and it’s Jeffrey Tambor and Steve Coogan, is one of the high points of my life.”
The campaign is set to close at the end of May.
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