Played - Development


Played came about through a series of bizarre circumstances. Mick Rossi was working as a writer in Hollywood at the time and was having no luck in selling or producing his scripts. He was desperate to put some of his ideas on film and with the collaboration of his friend and partner Sean Stanek, the two embarked on shooting a short film to break the ice and display some of their talents. Gabriel Byrne was a close friend of Rossi's and agreed to do some filming with the two young filmmakers.

As Rossi describes in an interview after the film was made:

It was blood, sweat, and tears. I'd always written scripts as a vehicle to try and back-door myself in as an actor, because, as you know, it's very difficult for an actor to get good work without good representation. It's a Catch-22. I'd just lost financing on a movie I'd written and worked on for about a year, and the financing fell through at the last minute. I was really, really depressed and disillusioned with the people I was in business with, and I wanted to do something where I could literally pick up a camera, assemble a small bunch of people, and get out and start shooting immediately and didn't have to chase Hollywood money. That's really how it started. Initially, we were going to shoot a 15-minute short and see how it went from there. One of my best friends is Gabriel Byrne and as soon as Gabriel said that he would jump in, it made it a lot easier for the other actors to say yes. It kind of just grew from there, so that was the beginning of it. It was always a dream of mine to make something which was very real, very kind of gritty, and very rock 'n roll style movie-making. I drew on the movies from the seventies, because I loved movies like The Panic in Needle Park, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, The Long Good Friday, and Get Carter. Once we hit certain points, it was like we knew we had to go all the way with it. That's really how it started.

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