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Trick: Director Jim Fall Remembers The Classic Gay Rom-Com 15 Years Later

imagesTrick showed a more comedic side of Tori Spelling than 90210 fans had seen at the time. How did she become involved with the project? 

I was lucky that I had no firsthand knowledge of her. I knew who she was but I’d never seen an episode of 90210. She auditioned. One of my producers suggested her and I thought she’d be funny but she had to audition. She was totally a trouper. She auditioned with the diner scene and had it down. She knew why it was funny. She earned the role like any other actor.

Coco Peru nearly steals the film with her monologue. Did you write the role specifically for her?

Coco — Clinton Leupp is his real name — had been a friend of mine for a long time and I had put him in a play. Originally there was no drag queen in Trick, but when we did readings of the script Clint actually read the Tori Spelling role. [Laughs] I didn’t know any women who could read it funny and I wanted to hear it read funny. He was so good that I thought I had to work him into the movie. That bathroom scene evolved. We eventually wrote him in and sketched out a monologue for him, but Clint who is a monologist by nature basically wrote that based on what was in the script.

There’s a very strong resemblance between Coco and Tori. Was that intentional?

That has haunted the project. In fact when the film played at Sundance that was the first question we were asked at the Q&A. I honestly didn’t see it coming. I know that sounds crazy in retrospect. I knew Clint for so long and he’d always had that trademark red wig and Tori changed her hair color a lot. I think when I met Tori her hair was a different color. I honestly didn’t intend that to happen. I wish I’d taken more advantage of it. It’s a happy accident.


Jim Fall

There was a surge of queer films in the late ‘90s yet Trick seemed to stand apart from the rest. What do you remember about the response to the film at the time?

When you’re in the middle of the whirlwind it’s hard to be objective. It just seemed charmed. It was an amazing, magical time and was everything you hoped your first feature would be. I’m very proud of it. It was my first feature and it was a validating moment. It was just wonderful to put something out there that I really loved and to have people respond to it.

Not every film gets a celebratory 15th anniversary screening. Why do you think Trick still resonates with people?

I’m honored that people still refer to it. When people ask me what I do and I mention that I directed Trick, most of the time people have a very positive response. I think there’s something classic about the story and emotions and falling in love which is very relatable. I was actively making a gay film but I think I stumbled upon a story that was accessible and kind of universal. The subversive thing is that you fall in love with two gay guys and when they kiss at the end you want them to kiss. I think that was very political for the time.

What do you think the characters are doing now?

I’m in the very early stages of a sequel. Everybody is on board and wants to do it. I resisted it for a long time but I think now that so much time has passed it would be interesting to revisit these characters as adults. I’m still developing the story but hopefully it will come together. The concept is the two boys went on a date and it didn’t work out. They ended up never having sex. Then cut to 15 years later and they run into each other again. This would be them getting together and getting to know each other in the real world as adults with a lot of water under the bridge.

Watch the Trick trailer below.

By:           Jeremy Kinser
On:           Feb 19, 2014
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    • Ron Jackson
      Ron Jackson

      Trick is one of my all time favorite films. I still drag it off the shelf to watch a couple times a year. Thanks to Mr. Fall and the cast and crew for making it.

      Feb 19, 2014 at 9:49 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Scribe38

      I love this movie! “You ever have cum in your eye? It burns!”

      Feb 19, 2014 at 9:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • QJ201

      Still one of the best gay films ever. Looking is trying to be Trick set 10 years later.

      Feb 19, 2014 at 9:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MudgeBoy

      I liked trick but I didn’t really love it. The Go Go boy is hot as hell and there are some great lines. But there is something frustrating about the fact that they spend the night trying to hook up and finally have that one adorable kiss. In a sense, the fact that they only kiss gives hope for the relationship but I guess I am always looking for more.

      Feb 19, 2014 at 10:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Toby Ross
      Toby Ross

      As far as I am concerned Trick is the only gay themed movie that can be enjoyed by straights as well, the rest of gay cinema films are too in house, inbred plot and “you’ll get over it” humor designed for gays only. It is also the best gay themed movie ever produced. Genius!

      Feb 19, 2014 at 11:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • darkorient

      A long, long time ago, Trick always came up whenever I went browsing at local DVD stores. I always gave it a miss because of the colorful and seemingly camp cover. You see, I am never a fan of Queer as Folk and I suspected Trick to be the same bore. But how wrong I was! Just recently, I decided to give it a try and I found it to be very sweet! I do feel like I still want more, so a sequel will be very much welcomed!

      Feb 19, 2014 at 12:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JennyFromdabloc

      All time classic movie. “It buuuuuuurns!”

      Feb 19, 2014 at 12:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • krystalkleer

      by far thee best non heterosexual flick ever made that wasn’t about gett’n laid!http://getoffmydress.blogspot.com/2014/02/hail-mary-fer-defense.html

      Feb 19, 2014 at 12:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mdterp01

      Love this movie. “Como te gusta mi pinga en mis pantalones”

      Feb 19, 2014 at 12:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • queertyreader

      Never understood the popularity of this film.

      Feb 19, 2014 at 12:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Meowzer

      I absolutely love this film. I don’t know how many times I’ve watched it, but it’s still one of my “go to” movies when I’m in the mood for a romantic comedy. I had always secretly hoped Christian was gay because he was just so adorable.
      Even after 15 years I still think the film holds up well.

      Feb 19, 2014 at 12:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      The scripts are obviously out there and yet hardly any gay movies of this quality come out.

      Brokeback Mountain can make more money than a movie like say Scream and yet studios will still claim that gay movies are bad business why they make 3 sequels and a ton of knock off’s to Scream and never doing another gay movie.

      Movies like Trick, Beautiful Thing, The Wedding Banquet etc… are too few and far between.

      Feb 19, 2014 at 12:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ron Jackson
      Ron Jackson

      The reason we go back to films like TRICK is because even though it isn’t perfect; it’s better than 90% of the low budget crap that passes for “gay cinema”.

      Feb 19, 2014 at 12:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Charlie in Charge
      Charlie in Charge

      A classic. Love that it kept it light.

      Feb 19, 2014 at 1:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sportyguy1983

      Definitely one of the better gay movies made regardless of the fact that so many gay movies are just stinkers.

      Feb 19, 2014 at 1:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • skcord

      I remember getting so excited every time this came on IFC back when I was in my early teens.(back when that channel was worth having) It was the only movie to which I had access that had gay characters… and hot scenes lol

      Feb 19, 2014 at 1:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • geoff

      LOVED Trick! Please tell me Tori will come back for the sequel!

      Feb 19, 2014 at 2:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lane103

      This movie was so sweet…and as has been mentioned before there are so few gay themed movies you can enjoy….the only other film from that era I liked as much was Edge of Seventeen….another sweet funny movie…

      Feb 19, 2014 at 2:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache1

      @Toby Ross: Trick was great. If were talking about a gay themed indie kind of movie my vote goes for Priscilla Queen of the desert though. That movie was loved by everyone.

      Feb 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache1

      @Cam: Sequels are generally easy money for the studios so I can’t blame them for preferring that.

      I think the last good one was Milk. Of coarse it only took decades for them to finally make it.

      Feb 19, 2014 at 2:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • viveutvivas

      @Stache1, yes, Priscilla was the better movie, but Trick was great too. So much more watchable than the usual dour gay tragedies.

      Feb 19, 2014 at 2:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hillers

      Such a great, funny flick. But Christian straight in real life? C’mon now.

      Feb 19, 2014 at 3:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SteveDenver

      Someone actually compared TRICK with PRISCILLA? Is that just plain stupid or a reason to whine? I guess it’s both.

      While my friends were drooling for JP, I was falling for Christian, soon to discover he is Neve Campbell’s brother.

      What a sweet film, I think it’s time to give it another go!

      Feb 19, 2014 at 3:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • cooldudesea

      Feb 19, 2014 at 3:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache1

      @SteveDenver: I’m glad that you liked it but I was replying to another commenter about it being the most popular with straights. Not whether one was better then then the other. Try improving your reading comprehension.

      I happened to see both in a theater. I saw Priscilla twice and it was sold out and Trick while being good was pretty much limited to the LGBT community.

      Feb 19, 2014 at 4:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache1

      “In 1999 some people still considered it “brave” for straight actors to play gay characters.”

      That’s BS. First these guys were not even known. At that point work was work for them. They’ll take whatever comes their way. Take Priscilla for example That came out in 1994. These were A-list actors and it didn’t hurt them one bit.

      Feb 19, 2014 at 4:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      @Stache1: said… “@Cam: Sequels are generally easy money for the studios so I can’t blame them for preferring that.


      Yes, but they also made multiple knock-off’s of Scream even though Brokeback made more.

      Feb 19, 2014 at 4:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Alan down in Florida
      Alan down in Florida

      @Stache1 – in 2014 it may not be “brave” for straight actors to play gay characters in both mainstream and indie films. What is now “brave” is for gay actors to play gay in gay cinema. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve enjoyed an actor’s performance in a gay film and checked them out on imdb.com only to find they’ve never done anything of consequence again in film although many work in theater or go behind the camera.

      Feb 19, 2014 at 5:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • lkeels

      Now wait a minute. He says that the sequel is them running into each other 15 years later after nothing happened between them? I’ve lived the last 15 years believing that the kiss meant that they started a relationship, and I’m not ready to have that shot down. He needs to rethink this. Let’s see a sequel where they’ve been TOGETHER for 15 years!

      Feb 19, 2014 at 6:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • viveutvivas

      @lkeels, so you want a romantic comedy about a couple who have been married for 15 years? I think maybe you need to rethink that. :)

      Feb 19, 2014 at 6:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • babybabybaby

      I liked the movie it was cute I even liked the part Tori Spelling played the movie is timeless…

      Feb 19, 2014 at 8:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LadyL

      Oooh, sweet memories… I loved ’90s BritQ films too, like “Beautiful Thing” and “Get Real.”

      Feb 19, 2014 at 9:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The7thDoctor

      Loved the lads on-screen. Who knew there was a hottie BEHIND the camera! Jim Fall is beautiful!

      Feb 19, 2014 at 10:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robsjcfll

      What I loved about the film was the fact that both guys were so “normal” and genuinely sweet. The film still remains a personal favorite.

      Feb 20, 2014 at 12:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sebizzar

      @darkorient: “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”, or a DVD! ;)

      I actually have never finished watching this film (I was watching it online some time ago and the damn connection gave out) so yeah I better get to finishing it!

      Feb 20, 2014 at 3:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DarthKitsune

      This is one of the first gay themed movies I ever saw, and as such, it will always hold a special place in my heart.

      Feb 20, 2014 at 3:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • viveutvivas

      Gabriel looks about 15 to me now.

      Feb 20, 2014 at 9:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Crunchysocks

      Is there any chance that Trick will be released on Blu-Ray for its 15th Anniversary?????

      Feb 22, 2014 at 4:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • michaelroy

      I loved Trick! Great flick. I can’t believe it’s been 15 years already. #damn! and Tori Spelling is terrific. Glad they’re doing a sequel. I’m interested in seeing the characters 15 years later. They can do flashbacks to the original flick in the sequel. They should do a special 15 year anniversary release of Trick with never before seen footage and interviews with the main actors.

      Feb 22, 2014 at 6:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jamal49

      A top-notch film from start to finish! Ironically, no sex but one of the sexiest kisses ever. The final shot of the film has now become its most poignant. The two leads are excellent with a believable chemistry and Tori Spelling is hilarious (at that time, much to my surprise!). I watch this film at least twice a year. I never get tired of it. I always recommend this film to others when they ask me “what’s a good “gay” film to watch”.

      Mar 5, 2014 at 12:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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