Some people were upset to see a video uploaded to YouTube claiming to be a school play. It features grade school children re-enacting a scene from the famous Al Pacino movie “Scarface.”
But the Web site TMZ reports that it’s not an actual school play.
Filmmaker Marc Klasfeld — the man behind dozens of music videos and commercials, as well as some indie films — and his production company Rockhard Films put the whole fudgin’ thing together
“It was produced in L.A. within the last few weeks and the audience members were a mix of cast family members, colleagues and friends,” TMZ reports. “As for Lil’ Tony and his co-stars, they were selected through a casting agent known for finding child actor lookalikes for adult stars.”
“You deal coke and you kill people…that’s wonderful tony.”
“I got a fudging junkie for a wife.”
“You son a B”
“Her words are so rude and I can’t fudgin have a baby with her.”
“I’m leaving you mother-fudger.”
Klasfeld called up Entertainment Weekly to talk about his production.
How did the idea come about?
This particular idea, I just thought it would be interesting. I thought it was funny. I thought it was satirical. I love viral videos. I’m a huge fan of viral videos. I’ve made a ton of them, and I’m always watching them. And I thought this would be nice fit into the kind of YouTube arena of viral videos. And I was right.
How did you get permission from their parents?
It wasn’t a problem at all. I’ve worked with kids many times. And I have a casting director that I work with all the time. And he helped me cast the kids. And the parents were 100 percent supportive. Particularly the lead kid. The parents are professional. They get it. [Kids are] subjected to things much worse than this every day. So it’s a little bit shocking to us [to see] some of the outrage. Though there has been a lot of positivity around this, it’s just kind of weird, because there is more violence in the Avatar trailer that’s aimed at children or in violent video games. But the parents were completely on board.
A lot of people were upset because they thought it was real. What did you think about that?
Again, I enjoy making provocative art. I like stirring debate and causing conversation. You’re going to get two sides of the coin no matter what you do. People are going to love and hate everything. People loved and hated Avatar. People loved and hated the Jennifer Aniston movie. And people love and hate this. I guess that’s a part of having something that’s successful out there. There’s got to be certain people that hate it for people to love it.
What did the kids think about it? Did they know what they were doing?
They’re seven to 10 years old. Again, to them, they have heard the f-word. They’ve seen more violence in their everyday lives for as long as they can remember. So for this, they’ve seen worse things than this all the time. So this wasn’t that big of a deal for them.
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