So, how did we get here? How did two brothers form Lafayette, Louisiana land end up in the topsy turvy world of filmed entertainment? Well, I figure the time is right to give you, the faithful Perry-fan, a quick lil’ sum up of The Perry Brother’s Quest to Take Over Hollywood.
I moved to Los Angeles back in March, 1999 after a 5 year stint in Austin, TX as the lead singer in a band called BISCUIT.
Fed up with the ever souring mess known as the music business, I headed to Los Angeles… to get fed up with the ever souring mess known as the movie business. I did extra work as soon as I arrived, and landed tiny little roles in some pretty crappy films. I quickly got sick of giving my heart and soul to performances in films that I knew were going to turn out terrible, so I decided to make my own flick.
The only good thing about acting in shitty movies was I got to meet some pretty cool people in the process, like the always amazing, slender body bender, man of flexi-steel… Doug Jones. We met on the cinematic tud that is The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle. Doug costars in the first film I wrote and directed… Side Effects. I also cast my father and my little bro, Josh the Ponceman Perry, as extras. Josh was in heaven.
I did more short films and was invited to compete in the Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival, sponsored by Chrysler and Universal Pictures. I got into the Top Ten with my film 008. In late 2003 I entered the Los Angeles 24 Hour Film Competition and made Perfect Couple, which won Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Picture… the competition judges were Michael Chapman, Chris Sarandon, & Joanna Gleason.
In 2005, I made a very funny documentary called The Outdoorsmen: Blood, Sweat, & Beers. We premiered at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival and sold the flick to Spike TV… they cut it from 90 minutes to 60 so they could fit it into a 90 minute movie slot… CABLE TV SUCKS THE NASTY! Finally, IFC got a hold of the film and it got a month’s worth of TLC, full and uncut, in March of 2008.
During this time, the Ponceman was getting very antsy about visiting his big bro. He took his first ADULT-SIZED trip out to California to stay with me for 3 months in March of 2006. It was awesome. He was dying to get his acting on, so I shot a few things with him. He was a natural. The camera loves him. He is what I call magic on film. The first short we did was The Trouble With Syndromes, followed by Bro-Back Mountain, and the action flick Flea of Fury! Since he got the bug it has never gone away. But alas, he had to return home to Louisiana.
In early 2007 I was at rock bottom. I couldn’t find work, couldn’t get a break. Ponce was scheduled to come out for another visit. I didn’t think I would be able to do it… money was tight as hell and we Perry’s ain’t rich. A week before I was going to tell Ponce and family that I wasn’t going to be able to take him for his big visit I pitched a TV show segment to some very cool producers. The show was called HEY BRO and it starred me and Ponce. They loved it and bit. SOLD! It would be on cable, I’M NOT SAYING WHICH NETWORK, and it would be the big break I’d been working towards for so long. Ponce and the Perry clan were thrilled. I wrote the segments, Ponce moved in with me, and we shot the first 4 episodes along with another 7 episodes of a segment I wrote, also starring myself and Ponce, called Eye On Art.
I can comfortably say, Hey Bro it is the funniest thing we have ever done. The catch? The network passed. Why? They were scared of getting negative feedback because the show starred a Down Syndrome actor. Even though he was the star of the show and he always came out on top, they wouldn’t take the chance with their advertisers. Welcome to the sick-man that is Television Programming.
We moved on. And we moved fast. I ended up writing and Directing MC OUTDOORZ for FuelTV and cast Ponce as his faithful and hilarious sidekick DJ Ponce. After that, things moved quickly.
I met Greg Benson, a fellow filmmaker, and his wife Kim was inspired by Ponce’s magic on film quality and suggested we do a show called Retarded Policeman. After we figured out what the show would be, we started shooting episodes. It’s all been building since then.
In fall of 2008, Ponce landed a supporting role in the film American Cowslip which is packed tot he gills with great actors… they’re BIGTIME, as Ponce says… and we are determined to make the Powes that Be (idiots) who are scared of making TV shows and Movies starring an actor with Down Syndrome wake the fuck up and give us a show already. We are working on a TV Pilot and trying to get a couple of feature films off the ground. Cross fingers, we shall succeed.
As we continue to pummel the entertainment world with our filmed funnies, a lot of which are NOT politically correct, we have to fight nonstop against the fears and ignorance of others. Shall we say, the retarded ones… we’re not worried. Until then, we will keep on doing what we do.