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Wednesday 22 March 2006, by Webmaster
New Canadian film These Girls makes use of David Boreanaz as lovable bad boy
TORONTO (CP) - David Boreanaz likens the infidelity portrayed in his new film, These Girls, to dealing with peanut butter.
"It’s like you eat peanut butter out of a small jar and you’re getting at it and all of a sudden it’s all over the place," said the actor, best known for playing the brooding, romantic lead opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar in television’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
While infidelity is exciting and may seem great at first, there are always consequences, Boreanaz said in an interview last September after a screening at the Toronto film festival.
The Canadian film, which opens Friday, is directed by John Hazlett and is based on a humorous and edgy play by Vivienne Laxdal. Boreanaz plays Keith, a small-town hunk with a wife and a new baby.
Keith is having an affair with the babysitter, Glory (Amanda Walsh). When her two best friends, played by Caroline Dhavernas and Holly Lewis, find out about the affair, they set their sights on seducing him as well before the summer ends and they move on to post-secondary education.
At first, Keith is reluctant but then he’s a willing participant in each girl’s plan. Eventually, though, he’s exhausted and tries to put an end to the infidelities. His plan doesn’t go smoothly.
Despite playing a three-time cheating husband, Boreanaz is able to elicit sympathy for Keith.
Hazlett said he wanted the audience to ask themselves where their own moral compass lies.
He feels the audience probably won’t judge Keith too harshly as "we can all admit that we’ve done things that were morally dubious."
The girls - bored in their small New Brunswick town - behave as badly as the philanderer, as they display a disdain for marriage and fail to adhere to the "hands-off" rule when it comes to the lovers of friends.
Dhavernas offered that the film explores a young woman’s newfound power of seduction. The girls embark on their affairs simply because they can, she said.
"That’s a good reason when you are a teenager who is discovering your sexuality and just feeling like you can get someone and seduce someone. That’s a part of growing up, isn’t it?" said Dhavernas, who is well known in Quebec and gained North American exposure for her role in the short-lived Fox series Wonderfalls.
Walsh, who was in Denys Arcand’s Stardom and a VJ on MuchMusic, saw the affair "almost like a power competition (between the girls). ’Well if she could have him, maybe I could have him too.’"
But Lewis, who played an intern on CBC’s The Newsroom, said not every girl uses her powers of seduction for evil.
"I’ve never seduced anyone in my whole life," she said. "I’d like to say I’d never do that to my best friend."
Lewis isn’t the only cast member with old-fashioned ideas.
"Living in Hollywood you’re pretty much surrounded by it - the temptation," said Boreanaz, who now stars in the television series Bones. "There is a solid line that’s drawn and if that line is crossed then you have consequences."
"Thank God my relationship is very solid and heartfelt and that line would never be crossed."