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Upcoming Film ‘Being Flynn’ Focuses On Tense Father-Son Relationship
March 5, 2012
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The upcoming biopic of writer Nick Flynn, “Being Flynn,” starring Robert DeNiro and Paul Dano, focuses on the tense relationship between Nick and his alcoholic father Jonathan. An award-winning poet and part-time college professor, Nick Flynn’s tale of reconciling with his largely absent father presented him with a unique opportunity to heal the old wounds.
Speaking with the Boston Globe, Nick recalls his days working in the streets of Boston as a directionless young man. By chance, a job Nick took at a homeless shelter led to him reconnecting with his father, who entered the facility in the 80s. Before then, however, Flynn had no real connection to his father, due to Jonathan’s imprisonment and clandestine location.
“His return address was Beacon Hill and I was living in the Combat Zone,’’ Nick said to the Globe. “I knew we were geographically close and then he shows up at the shelter, which caused all this turmoil.”
The turmoil that Nick Flynn refers to is related to his own struggles with drugs and alcoholism. Even after losing his mother to a tragic, drug-fueled suicide and meeting his father at the shelter by way of his bad habits, Nick still abused drugs and alcohol. Jonathan’s condition worsened, which inspired Nick to straighten up his life.
It’s a much better life for Nick now. He’s a part-time professor at the University of Houston and lives for much of the year in New York City with wife and actress Lili Taylor, who also stars in “Being Flynn.” The pair are also parents to a 4-year old daughter. Nick has also published several award-winning poems and a 2004 memoir formed much of the basis for the film.
Inspired by his father’s talents and failures, Nick Flynn is generally pleased with everything and finds the good outweighed the hardships. “Your darkest moments become your greatest gifts,” said Nick Flynn.
“Being Flynn” opens this Friday (March 9).
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