month, Network is proud to announce the release of the stylish and steamy
neo-noir erotic thriller
The Last Seduction
Special Edition on 12th June 2006 as a two-disc set.
Steve Barancik is an accomplished writer
who broke into the film business with his first screenplay, Buffalo
Girls, filmed and released as The Last Seduction in 1994. He
later went on to co-script the 2003 police thriller No Good Deed,
starring Samuel L. Jackson and shared story credit for Domino in
2005, based on the true story of Domino Harvey, daughter of film actor
Steve resides in Tucson, Arizona, where he
is a producer and performer with Monolog Cabin, a group of writers who
perform their own comedic personal essays. His most recent endeavor is the
website, Best Children's
Books - Find, Read or Write, a site that recommends books for
children, offers advice on how to find free and discounted kids books, and
provides information to new authors on writing and publishing.
Directed by respected independent director
John Dahl (Rounders, The Great Raid, Red Rock West),
The Last Seduction won a number of awards for Fiorentino’s powerful
performance, including Best Actress at the Independent Spirit Awards, the
London Critics Circle Film Awards and the New York Film Critics Circle
Barancik's screenplay was nominated for an
Edgar Allan Poe Award but was beaten out by Quentin Tarantino's Pulp
We talk to Steve Barancik about The Last
Seduction and recent projects he has been working on.
Q: Why did you originally name the
screen play Buffalo Girls and were you upset that the title
was changed for the film?
A: I suppose I tend to prefer a cryptic
title that provokes a little curiosity. Buffalo Girls was meant to
refer to Mike Swale's (Peter Berg's) back-story, the relationship he
stumbled into in big city (for him) Buffalo, NY. That errant encounter is
the thing that drives him, in some fashion, or at least wracks him with
The Last Seduction, on the other
hand, is a title that makes no sense to me, especially given the company's
licensing of the rights to a sequel, the cleverly entitled The Last
Seduction 2. It was my feeling at the time that they should have been
required to rename the original something on the order of The, As It
Turns Out, Not So Last Seduction.
Q: Did you have any involvement or
influence in the casting of the characters in The Last Seduction,
in particular Linda Fiorentino and Bill Pullman?
A: No involvement at all, though I couldn't
have been happier with the results, and I include Peter Berg in that as
well. I do remember being called a couple of times to ask how horrified I
would have been with certain casting choices. I recall a shudder of terror
at the mention of Mimi Rogers.
Q: The Last Seduction
features a femme fatale character, very similar to Sharon Stone’s
character in the earlier released film Basic Instinct. Was
this character influenced by that film and the presence of the strong
female character in the 90s, or more on your own personal experience?
A: No influence at all from Basic
Instinct, I'm proud to say. If anything, I was operating slightly
under the influence of Kathleen Turner's character in Body Heat.
The real core of my femme came from pondering the notion of what kind of
woman I myself would be particularly vulnerable to.
Q: Did this exploration of the strong
female character hold you in good steed for your later screenwriting in
No Good Deed and Domino?
A: Well, it certainly got me a lot of work
there for awhile. I'm afraid the best explorations of it are in my
Q: Did Linda Fiorentino have any input
in to her character’s screen dialogue?
A: She properly focused her energies on the
interpretation of said dialogue, rather than the rewriting of it.
What's your favourite line or scene from The Last Seduction?
A: My favourite line has always been, "When
I've done it and you haven't, it is." I love its cadence, but I also love
it because it means absolutely nothing out of context. You have to watch
the movie to know what the its are. (It occurs in a scene between Peter
Berg and Linda Fiorentino in Linda's office.)
My favourite scene is the one in which the
Pullman, Fiorentino and Berg characters finally come together, in New York
City. It became my favourite during rehearsals. It worked so well, and so
many different ways, that it dawned on me that everything that preceded it
in the movie must really have been working.
Q: You have worked on quite a few films
in your career. Do you feel The Last Seduction is your best
piece of work?
A: Certainly my best produced work.
Thankfully, I don't consider it my best script. (Though others might.) If
I thought my first script were my best script, I'd pretty much have to put
a bullet in my head, wouldn't I? (Or at least a little mace down my
Q: A special feature included on
The Last Seduction Special Edition is The Art of Seduction, a new,
exclusive documentary about making the film with Linda Fiorentino, Peter
Berg, Bill Pullman, director John Dahl and yourself. Can you tell us a bit
about what we can expect from the documentary?
A: Well, I haven't seen it, so I can't tell
you about much more than my part in it. My shirt colour, I'm told, was a
remarkably fortuitous choice given the colour of the hotel room we shot it
in. The cameraman thought I must have ESP. I can also tell you I can't
wait to see it.
Q: Tell us about your latest project
Provocative and how you moved from adult screen writing to
writing for children.
A: Provocative is a spec I wrote
years ago, picked up - and later returned, largely undamaged - by
Dreamworks. I'd love to get it going somewhere, someday, but that hasn't
happened yet. Provocative is the story of a femme fatale lawyer. Is
Children's books are simply something that
become instantly important when children enter into your life. It was hard
for me to figure out which books you should be getting and which books you
should be avoiding, so the website is largely about helping parents with
All of the children's book writing that
I've done so far has been for my daughter only. These books feature strong
female characters but nothing in the way of femmes fatale...at least to
date. I do share a couple of the books - for free - on the website.
If readers want to read a humorous,
extended account of my writing career, they can find it at
If they page to the bottom they can read my
comedic essay, Breakfast Food For Thought, the true story of how a
box of Cap'n Crunch changed my life.
Last Seduction - Special Edition
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