The latest release from filmmaker Artie O’Daly is Bad Boy and the Gilmore Girl.
It stars O’Daly as Scott, alongside Tony Harth as Mack — the Bad Boy.
I caught up with Artie O’Daly for a behind-the-scenes look at the latest instalment in the Bad Boy series.
What led to the opportunity to feature Vanessa Marano in an instalment of your Bad Boy series?
Vanessa and I did a play together at the start of 2018 under the direction of Stan Zimmerman, who was also a writer on Gilmore Girls in season five. I happen to be a huge Gilmore fan, so during the run of the play, I would barrage Vanessa with questions about her time on the show and she would happily answer, or she’d at least indulge my enthusiasm with grace.
I knew her character was divisive with the Gilmore audience, but it was interesting to hear about how it was for her to deal with personally, especially at such a young age. I took some of what she told me and twisted and amplified it into the new Bad Boy short.
I had no idea whether or not she’d actually do the short when I wrote it, but when I approached her about starring it in, there was no hesitation. She said yes immediately — that shows what a good sport she is about it. I can’t say enough good things about Vanessa.
Is this a projection of your obsession with the character of April Nardini?
I actually played the smallest of parts in an episode back in 2004. and that’s what kick-started my fandom. I’ve seen the whole series at least three or four times now. It’s like a good book you can pick up and start reading again at any time.
However, this short is not a projection of any obsession I have with April Nardini. Honestly, if I can write Gilmore Girls into any of my projects, I will. Getting the opportunity for Vanessa to directly address the ‘April issue’ is what really fuelled this short.
The relationship between Scott and Mack seems to be increasingly complex and co-dependent, but it’s not exactly clear what Scott is getting out of it all. Is he hoping that it will become a sexual relationship? Can we look forward to some Scott and Mack action in future episodes?
I can tell from the YouTube comments that you’re not alone in being uncertain as to what their relationship is exactly. You’re also not alone in hoping the series suddenly becomes a porno. At this point, I’ve purposely kept their relationship ambiguous and I know Tony — who plays Mack — likes it that way, too. But, I also 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. But, I’ve hinted that Scott at least finds Mack attractive physically, even if he’s not sure what to do with him.
Will there be a special festive edition of Bad Boy as we build up to the holidays?
That was completely my plan, but now I’m not sure I can pull it off by Christmas! I’d love for A Very Bad Boy Holiday to become a new yearly classic. You know, something they can rerun after A Charlie Brown Christmas every year. If not this year, count on that in 2019.