Gabriel Byrne is Ted Gould a multi-millionaire author who’s seemingly living the life in the new film An L.A. Minute. Beneath the mansions and the fame, however, lies a man who believe he’s flushed his integrity down the proverbial toilet by penning forgettable, bestselling fodder. A chance encounter with a brash performance artist named Velocity (Kiersey Clemons) gives him a renewed lease on life, but Velocity may have ulterior motives behind this new friendship.
The script was penned by director Daniel Adams and Larry “Ratso” Sloman some 20 years ago, and it was initially set in New York. Though they received the funding for the project, they couldn’t find an actor who, in Adams’ words, would “actually take the chance in being in such an outrageous film.”
With a focus on the City of Angels, a new take on the storyline surfaced. “The whole idea of people falling for a shallow celebrity, someone who’s willing to compromise for the sake of celebrity, seemed to be more timely right now,” said Adams. “We got it out of mothballs and redid it. It seemed like it was necessary to set in in L.A. as opposed to New York because the downtown performance thing that was so prevalent twenty some odd years ago no longer exists. Secondly, we deal with homelessness as one of the issues. Two years ago, the mayor of L.A. declared a state of emergency with regards to the homelessness and it’s still an issue. The great thing about doing a satire, to me it’s the best way of dealing with very serious important issues is to joke about it. It’s the only way to make it palatable otherwise it becomes too heavy. Then it becomes journalism.”
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An L.A. Minute opens August 24 in New York and Los Angeles.