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Austin Peck on THE BLUE TOOTH VIRGIN

Face to Face, You Can at Least See the Dagger Coming: Austin Peck (left) consults with Bryce Johnson in THE BLUE TOOTH VIRGIN

Face to Face, You Can at Least See the Dagger Coming: Austin Peck (left) consults with Bryce Johnson in THE BLUE TOOTH VIRGIN

A TV writer tries his hand at a feature film. His friend reads the script, thinks it’s an ungodly mess of muddled symbolism and Freud 101 anxieties. “Be honest,” the writer says.

This is the way friendships end, and mean, funny films about the deaths of such friendships are born.

In THE BLUE TOOTH VIRGIN, Austin Peck — best known to soap aficionados as Brad Snyder on AS THE WORLD TURNS — plays the writer of said screenplay, not coincidentally called The Blue Tooth Virgin, while Bryce Johnson is his put-upon friend. Director Russell Brown, who also scripted, has structured the film as a series of two-character confrontations, bringing in friends, girlfriends, therapists, and Karen Black as a decidedly off-center script consultant to add their own feedback to the proceedings. The dialogue is crisp, funny, and frequently, happily, nasty, and the film speaks at once to those directly immersed in the machinations of the film industry, and to everyone who puts their creativity, and their egos, on the line.

Austin Peck gave me some good insights into fragility of the creative soul, and whether Karen Black can still deal gracefully with those who ask about the Zuni fetish doll.  Click the player above to hear the interview.

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