Trailer For Sympathy For Delicious, Mark Ruffalo's Directorial Debut
03.25.11 by Ryan
The first trailer has been released for Sympathy For Delicious, the directorial debut of actor Mark Ruffalo.
Written and starring Christopher Thornton as a paralyzed, Los Angeles DJ that finds he has the ability to heal the sick, Sympathy For Delicious won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010, but, despite the accolade, the movie received mixed reviews, some of which Ruffalo described to IFC last July as "mean-spirited."
I started to gain a lot of support as the festival went on, but when I won the award, a critic came up to me: "So, you have a problem being criticized?" I said, "No, I have a problem with someone being overtly mean. I would like to make another film one day, honestly, and that hurts my chances of doing that. And I also care deeply about it. It's like a child to me."
He said, "Don't you think because you're Mark Ruffalo, you'll be able to make a film any time you want? Isn't that why you go to make your film?" It took me ten years to make that film. No one wanted to make that film. It was a labor of love.
And then I realized, oh s**t, there is a schadenfreude aspect to this. I was taking it at face value at first, but maybe it rubs some of these people the wrong way. Why should I get to film? Because I'm an actor? There was a bit of that going on. I'm fine with it. I try not to rely too much on reviews anymore. That can be a heartbreaking road.
Maya Entertainment picked up the U.S. distribution rights last November, and, according to their website, have set a release date of April 29. Check out the movie's synopsis and trailer below to see what the critics either loved or hated.
Recently paralyzed DJ "Delicious" Dean battles the mean streets of Los Angeles, struggling to survive in his wheelchair. Yearning to walk again, and fighting to spark the ashes that were once his career, Dean turns to the dubious world of faith healing and gets much more than he bargained for. Lured by easy money and the heat of fame, Dean sells out to an unstable rock band, stomping the dreams of so many who see him as their only hope. World-famous DJ "Delicious" must now tackle his own worst demon-himself-if he is ever to conquer his "handicap" and find true healing.
Sympathy for Delicious co-stars Orlando Bloom, Juliette Lewis, and Laura Linney.