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David Boreanaz - "These Girls" Movie - Boreanaz keeps his bad-boy edge

By Jen Gerson

mardi 4 octobre 2005, par Webmaster

After breaking through the bondage of Buffy and other cult-classic space-channel sitcoms, David Boreanaz is ready to take on the world.

At least, the world of feature film.

"I’m going in the right direction, I’m aiming for global domination now," he said. "It’s an amazing experience of transition that I’m going through."

But long-time fans who remember him as the lead of the gothic sitcom Angel and romantic lead opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, will delight in knowing that the actor has lost none of his bad-boy brooding intensity in his most recent movie, the Canadian film These Girls.

Based on the play by Vivienne Laxdal, These Girls follows the misadventures of three girls in a small New Brunswick town as they blackmail local knife-toting tough guy Keith Clark into having sex with them.

Boreanaz plays Clark, a husband and new father who sets himself up for a physical and emotional beating by having a dalliance with the girls, who are — in true to sex-farce-form — his babysitters.

"Where we were shooting brought out the best in this character," Boreanaz said while soaking in the sun recently on the roof of the InterContinental Hotel in Toronto.

The shoot was in a small rural town, and Boreanaz said he felt depressed being away from his wife and child at the time.

"When you’re away from the goodness in your life, it puts you in a place where you’re lonely."

He channelled that emotion into giving Clark a sense of vulnerability. "Making him likeable after all he did is difficult."

Raised Catholic and versed in Buddhism, Boreanaz is an eclectic mix of spiritual philosophies. He wears a rosary blessed by the Pope around his neck and sports Chinese tattoos that translate into "soul" and "fate" on his wrists. He said he met his wife, Jaime Bergman, by noticing that she had the same tattoos in the same place.

Sleeping with three teenaged babysitters, even sexually voracious and manipulative teenaged babysitters, follows in Boreanaz’s typical bad-boy characters. But in real life, the girls of These Girls said that he was every bit the gentleman.

He even took them out for dinner and talked about how much he loved his wife before shooting the sex scenes.

Holly Lewis, who plays Lisa MacDougall, a Seventh Day Adventist who wants to lose her virginity before being shipped off to a religious college, portrays one of the most awkward first-time sex experiences on film.

She said the comedy of the film eased any discomfort. "That made it so much easier to do, because the sex was not sensual," Lewis said.

Amanda Walsh, who plays Glory Lorraine, a character so naive as to inspire anger, said the comedy-of-errors style of the film would allow them to poke at traditional female stereotypes and sexual norms without drawing too much ire. "The plot is controversial, but the plot was executed in a lighter way that cuts through that controversy," she said.

Walsh’s character falls in love with Clark and deludes herself into believing that the two would have a future together.

"He’s an older man, and it’s hard to believe that what’s going on in your head isn’t going on in his as well," she said.

"It’s messing with grown-up territory in a childish and naive way."

Caroline Dhavernas’s Keira St-George narrates the film, unapologetically reflecting on the characters’ behaviour.

Meanwhile, Boreanaz hasn’t given up the small screen completely. He’s working on the drama series Bones for Fox, although he adds that the workload can be overwhelming.

"An hour-long drama to deal with is a death sentence in a way," he said. But he’s also starred in two films, Mr. Fix-it and The Hard Easy, which are currently in post-production.

So why doesn’t he want to talk about Buffy ? "I don’t like reunions. . . . I don’t like to go back to the things that I’ve already done," he said. "It’s like after a meal is over, you don’t go picking up used napkins."


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  • Ah-ha, so _finally_ DB puts aside evil rumours to be direct about BtVS : "I don’t like reunions. . . . I don’t like to go back to the things that I’ve already done," he said. "It’s like after a meal is over, you don’t go picking up used napkins."

    Well...I still love ’ya, DB, but don’t forget about Buffy (and all your fans who spring from it’s ashes !)

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  • I dont see the resemblence in a used napkin and Angel...But well its his choice not to do the brooding Vampire with a soul "Angel" ....But I believe that They are not seeing how HUGE "Angel" and "Buffy the vampire slayer" can get ....If made into a movie..And Im not talking about how the 1st "Buffy the vampire slayer went.That was totally diffrent...and watching that and the Buffy series will tell you how very diffrent they were..And well "Angel" hasnt even been made into a movie yet .So many possibilities..My opinion any way..

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  • What do you mean "finally" ? He’s been saying that all along, including every season when it looked like Angel wasn’t going to be renewed but was. Clearly he’s a person who looks to the future and avoids dwelling in the past. Also someone who likes to come up with odd metaphors — comparing a Buffy reunion show to picking up used napkins after a meal is a new one to me (but perhaps more comprehensible than comparing his current co-star to a slice of pizza). Here’s hoping someone can convince him that whatever new Slayerverse project gets going is more like taking the flower arrangements home than preserving the soiled table linens :-)

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  • if they were to do a movie it would be like Devil May Cry secondly the show is does and and you can thank Joss Whedon for that.

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  • I live in Ireland, I don’t think the movie "These Girls" has been released over here. I’m a Big Buffy and Angel fan and from what i’ve seen on the internet there are a lot more like me. I was disappointed with his attitude about not wanting to look back, at the end of the day these shows made him. Bones has grown on me but i have to admit i wasn’t to impressed at first. David was great in the part as Angel and plays Booth well, but i’d like to see him in a more challengeing role.

    He just needs to pick the right script rather than jump on anything that comes his way. He is a great looking guy but maybe he still needs his Vampire fan base he’s not exactly at Robert Dinero or Al pacino level Just yet.

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