From the methodical mind of director Clint Eastwood, JERSEY BOYS is the sliver screen version of the Tony Award-winner musical. The film tells the story of four young, talented edgy men from the rugged grounds of New Jersey who unite to form the iconic rock group The Four Seasons. The story of their ups and downs is accompanied by songs that influenced a generation, including â€œBig Girls Donâ€™t Cry,â€ â€œSherryâ€ and many more.
Currently embraced by new generations of fans via the stage, the film version does something cinematically delicious when presenting the tougher side of the bandâ€™s origins entailing their links to the mob and openness among the uncertainty and drama that runs parallel among four men whose lives may seem the same, but as circumstances of life would have it, play out differently.
Starring in the film, John Lloyd Young reprises his Tony Award-winning portrayal of the legendary lead singer, Frank Valli. Erich Bergen stars as Bob Gaudio, who wrote or co-wrote all of the groupâ€™s hits. Michael Lomenda and Vicent Piazza star respectively as Nick Massi and Tommy DeVito, two original members of The Four Seasons â€“ and Oscar-winning actor Christopher Walken as mobster Gyp DeCarlo.
Coming from someone who’s not a “musical type” and can count on one hand the amount of I’ve enjoyed…it gives me great pleasure to say JERSEY BOYS turned out to be a lot more than I expected. There’s more to JERSEY BOYS than music! There’s so much style and edge, one gets lost within the world of its well-executed story! With interesting, intense characters and overall drama, thereâ€™s more than harmonizing swag (which at times plays second fiddle) to this piece!
With the quintessential rags-to-riches story, itâ€™s no wonder lines like: â€œYou get mobbed up, enter the army, or become a super starâ€ solidifies how far back this type of mind-set goes as itâ€™s not that far off with how kids today from rough neighborhoods still feel and approach a better future for themselves (if possible). The more things change, the more they stay the same, ey? Well, yes! And if thereâ€™s one thing JERSEY BOYS does aside from soothing our ears with tunes thatâ€™ll pleasure the soul is itâ€™ll also provide the best and worst of its start and success.
With so much material to work on and transfer from stage to screen, one question is pretty critical in the minds of all whoâ€™ve watched it?: What drove Clint Eastwood to take this project by the horns?
Well, at the NYC press conference for JERSEY BOYS (6.8.14), Mr. Eastwood opened up on that very same question by saying the following:
It seemed like something to do. You know, itâ€™s funny because I hadnâ€™t seen the play. But I had heard a lot about it over the years. Somebody said would you be interested and I said Iâ€™d be interested in looking at it. Then they sent me a script â€“ and it was by a very good writer. Then through a series of events I found out that that wasnâ€™t the script of the play. I asked where I could find the script of the play. Where would I find that? A friend of mine, an agent, said he represents the guys who did that: Mr. (Rich) Elice and Mr. (Marshall) Brickman. So I said maybe I better look at that, cause I figured only in Hollywood would somebody give you a script of something else, when they already have a script thatâ€™s a hit. So, I looked at it and liked it very much, then went and saw three versions of the play in NY, SF and Las Vegas and saw all these wonderful actors and thought: what a nice project to be doing and I said yea. (That simple!)
Accompanied by Mr. Brickman and Mr. Elice, Mr. Eastwood was also sharing press conference spotlight with the four leads of the film.
For more, click below and enjoy a thorough in-depth chat pertaining to the origins of Hollywoodâ€™s version of JERSEY BOYS!