Interview: Barry Battles
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This year, American director Barry Battles released his first feature film, The Baytown Outlaws, heralded as ‘a southern whip-ass extravaganza.’ TNS chatted to Battles to get the lowdown on the new film… So, what is ‘The Baytown Outlaws’ about? The film follows a bunch of red neck mercenaries through this trip through the South and as events unfold things get crazier. They’re on a mission to rescue the kid of Celeste, Eva Longoria’s character. The tag is pretty on the money -it’s a ‘southern whip-ass extravaganza.’ Can you name any films that had an essential influence on The Baytown Outlaws? Oh, absolutely. We’re Alabama guys, myself and the other writer of the film, so we’ve been really influenced by the whole repertoire of Western action films out there. All the movies that we grew up on were Westerns. For example, The Baytown Outlaws was really influenced by The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, and other films like that which explore the moral grey areas. You can see that in The Baytown Outlaws - there are bad guys that are trying to do a good thing. As kids, we were into those Western kinds of comic books which were about and had a kind of action-thriller, rip-roaring tone, so the work we do now sometimes reflects that cartoonish sensibility. I mean, The Baytown Outlaws was supposed to be fun. In the film, we make a lot of references to directors who do the same kind of thing we do. The Coen brothers, for example, have been a big source of inspiration. The Baytown Outlaws was our way to tip our hat to the movies we love.
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