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Emile Hirsch (Bonnie & Clyde) and Stephen Dorff (Immortals) are brothers in trouble in independent film The Motel Life.
The drama movie is based on the novel by Willy Vlautin and focuses on Frank (Hirsch) and Jerry Lee (Dorff) who are forced to race across the state to the home of Frank’s old girlfriend Annie (Dakota Fanning, The Runaways) after Jerry Lee is involved in a hit and run accident.
Although they seem safe from the law, Jerry Lee becomes increasing instable from grief, putting them all at risk.
Featuring animation from award-winner Mike Smith (ParaNorman), The Motel Life is the first feature film directed by Alan Polsky and Gabe Polsky, producers of The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call — New Orleans.
Kris Kristofferson (Deadfall) also stars in the indie film, which got plenty of love from critics. Hollywood Reporter
The film follows the plot of the book faithfully, the story of brothers Frank and Jerry Lee Flannigan, played by Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff, respectively. Neither brother has much going for them. It’s implied that they’ve been drifters ever since their mother died and Jerry Lee lost a leg in an accident with a train. They move from motel to motel, the drab walls given some semblance of life by Jerry Lee’s drawings. The two escape their mundane struggles through Frank’s stories, where they play
As he sifted through the stack of scripts that he’d been sent, he finally came across what he was looking for.
“What the fuck is this doing at the bottom of my pile?!” Dorff recalls asking his agent. The movie in question was “The Motel Life,” a dramatic tale about two brothers who experience hardships after a tragic car crash.
Dorff, 40, wanted to play the part of the older brother, Jerry Lee, who loses his leg early in the film from an amputation.
“I just thought, Jesus, I don’t know how to play this guy,” says Dorff. He was drawn to
When Dorff originally found the project, as he told MTV New's Josh Horowitz, it started as a way to do something he'd wanted to do for a while: play Hirsch's brother. "This one was kind of a small one from the get-go. It was kind of on the bottom of the pile, but then I found it," he said. I saw that Emile was attached to it."
But from there, it turned into a much more interesting journey into two characters that he found fascinating.
"I thought Jerry Lee was a very different character for me, and it was about trying to find this child-like guy. It seemed like two diamonds in the rough,
Alan and Gabe Polsky for ‘The Motel Life,’ on the Red Carpet during the Chicago International Film Festival
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
Brothers Alan and Gabe Polsky are known as producers, for notable films like “The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans” (2009) and the HBO documentary “His Way” (2011, profiling producer Jerry Weintraub). “The Motel Life” is the first time as directors, adapting the source novel by Willy Vlautin. This is a stylish film, with an added touch of animation to fulfill the fantasy elements of storytelling between the film brothers.
Recalling characters from a Bukowski novel or Tom Waits song but with less complexity, the brothers are endowed by their creators with little agency, not doing much except lamenting the sorry state of their lives. Early on, alcoholic Jerry has accidentally committed a hit-and-run, killing a child, and Frank needs to get the cash to split town with his brother before the cops close in.
This development presents some obvious narrative difficulties (sympathizing with a hit-and-run driver isn'...
Heading down the aisle for the seventh time, Lewis, 76, married Judith Brown, 62, who was previously married to Jerry Lee's cousin, Rusty Brown.
Here's the tricky part: Rusty is the brother of Myra Gale Brown, who wed Jerry Lee in 1957 when the "Great Balls of Fire" singer was 23 and Myra was only 13. That marriage (Lewis' third) lasted 13 years but the
I wanted to share some clips from the Inaugural Bruce Lee Action Museum Fundraiser we held in Seattle, Wa two weeks ago. I also highlight some activities around the museum and ways that you can get involved if you so wish. We are all so excited about this project. The road will be long, but it will all be very worth it. I want to give a special thank you to Bruce Harrell, Doug Palmer, Mimi Gan, Jerry Lee, Perry Lee, Yale Wong and Omar Lee for their contributions to the inaugural event and for their commitment to Bruce Lee Action Museum project.
Few days ago we reported that young actress is set to star in the upcoming Mississippi Wild opposite Ryan Donowho, and today, we’re here to report she will star in The Motel Life as well, together with Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff. But, The Motel Life comes first!
So, Fanning will shoot The Motel Life this month together with above mentioned Hirsch and Dorff.
Alan and Gabe Polsky will produce and direct the movie through their Polsky Films banner, with Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster scripting.
It’s an adaptation of the novel by Willy Vlautin that follows: “a few weeks in the broken lives of two working-class brothers, Frank and Jerry Lee Flannigan, who abruptly ditch their Reno motel after Jerry Lee drunkenly kills a boy on a bicycle in a hit-and-run.
The two are case studies
According to the latest reports, the Speed Racer star has signed on to star in the film adaptation of The Motel Life.
Based on the novel by Willy Vlautin, this project still has neither a writer or a director, but we do know that producers Alan and Gabe Polsky are hoping to shoot the film later this year.
The story “centers on two brothers who flee their Reno motel room after getting involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident.”
If you want more details about this, then here’s a The Motel Life book synopsis:
“In a gritty debut, Vlautin explores a few weeks in the broken lives of two working-class brothers, Frank and Jerry Lee Flannigan, who abruptly ditch their Reno motel after Jerry Lee drunkenly kills a boy on a bicycle in a hit-and-run.
The two are case studies in hard luck: their
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