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The 'Postal' carrier

MOVIES

Uwe Boll, indie auteur and tax advisor to his investors, does it all for his films, which frankly need all the help they can get.

May 23, 2008|Paul Brownfield | Times Staff Writer

It was his most ambitious shoot -- 60 days, at a cost of $60 million, Boll said. The movie -- with a cattle-call cast that included Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Burt Reynolds and Claire Forlani -- opened in Eastern Europe before playing the January graveyard shift in the U.S.

Statham, Boll said, backed out of doing talk-show promotion, as did Christian Slater on "Alone in the Dark." "Dungeon Siege" stands to lose around $20 million, Boll said, though he sends out e-mails that track the movie's progression on the DVD rental charts.

"The question I'm asked most often is, 'How do people continue to finance his movies?' " said Shawn Williamson of Vancouver-based Brightlight Pictures. But Williamson, Boll's longtime producer, said he has returned profits to investors in the past.

"He does not make intentionally bad movies," Williamson said. "As he raised more and more funds in Germany, he became more focused on producing. But he's still passionate about directing."

Monkey business

For "Postal," Boll has promotional help from 42West, the boutique PR firm whose more established clients include Martin Scorsese and "Sopranos" creator David Chase. (Was that why Kinglsey, playing himself, turned up in an episode of "The Sopranos" in which he is wooed to star in a mob-funded slasher movie called "Cleaver"?)

"I got a letter last week from PETA, the animal organization, that I abused the monkey in 'Postal,' and I should not use any animals in movies," Boll said at the Beverly Hills cafe. "And I said, 'Verne Troyer got abused.' "

He giggled; probably, he was delighted at the review. Currently, he is at war with an online petition asking him to cease and desist with his movie career. Boll offered to do so if 1 million signatures were produced. But he's dubious: The same people, he says, are voting multiple times.

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paul.brownfield@latimes.com

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