The latest release from filmmaker Artie O’Daly is A Bad Boy Christmas – continuing his series of short films that explores the ‘undefined’ relationship of Scott and Mack.
I caught up with O’Daly to talk about the episode, and I asked if it was hard to make Christmas funny.
“I actually think it’s easy to make Christmas funny…” explained O’Daly. “That’s because it’s the time of year when you’re surrounded by people you wouldn’t normally associate with – your extended family! The conflict in that is ripe with comic possibilities. But in this case, when you add in the craziness of Mack’s family – and performers as comedically talented as Theresa Ryan and Braden Davis – making A Bad Boy Christmas funny was the easiest part of it all.”
O’Daly is hopeful that festive episodes of the Bad Boy series will become an annual tradition.
“I’d love for A Very Bad Boy Holiday to become a new yearly classic!” confirmed O’Daly. “You know, something they can rerun after A Charlie Brown Christmas every year.”
One of the ongoing themes in the Bad Boy series is the uncertain nature of the relationship between Scott and Mack.
“I can tell from the YouTube comments that you’re not alone in being uncertain as to what their relationship is exactly…” acknowledged O’Daly. “At this point, I’ve purposely kept their relationship ambiguous, but I know that you can’t keep the audience scratching their heads for too long. I’m mapping out the next few shorts now, and the status of their relationship will definitely be addressed. But, I have to say that I don’t plan on their relationship becoming sexual — at least while they’re sober. Scott resisting Mack’s framing of him as his daddy is a big part of our chemistry, and I don’t want to lose that.”
Catch up on the previous instalments in the Bad Boy series.