This years Oscar winner Green Book was written by Peter Farrelly. I knew the name the Farrelly brothers from a few of their films. I knew them as the guys behind some successful comedies that seemed generally more intelligent than your average laugh. Let’s be honest There’s Something About Mary is a classic and Dumb and Dumber solidified Jim Carrey and a mega star. If you like the movies or not those two films are bigger than Hollywood they became part of American pop culture. Then I saw Peter Farrelly on a television show Project Green Light. He offered a lot of help to a fledgling film maker. I was impressed. I even wished I could work with someone like that who had experience and drive and heart to help a newcomer succeed. Of course they never do and it’s my guess because the goal is to create interesting reality TV not launch careers or produce a box office hit.
So when I heard about Green Book it was no shock to me that Peter Farrelly put together a film that wasn’t slap stick but rather quality cinema that would go on to get an Oscar nomination and win. The film had a $20 million dollar budget and was shoot over 35 days. It’s a road trip film so it had a ton of location. Complicating things more it is set in 1962 so there was a ton of art direction in a short time with a lot of locations. Doesn’t sound like fun to me. My take is that it only worked because you had two amazing actors in most of the film and an experienced guy like Farrelly. It goes to show you how important a great story is to making a movie. My main question is how many actual locations where used in the film.