Add first-time filmmaker Pete Jones to the list of folks seeing red over HBO's documentary series Project Greenlight.
"I go to these speaking engagements and a lot of kids come up to me and say, 'After seeing the show, I don't think I want to get into movies,'" Jones laments to TV Guide Online. "That's frustrating to me. I hoped they would say, 'If this schmo can go make a movie, then I can go put some money together and make a movie myself.'"
Project Greenlight chronicles the making of Stolen Summer, the indie comedy Jones directed after his script won Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's screenwriting contest. Like the film's stars, Aidan Quinn and Kevin Pollak, Jones admits the documentary unfairly portrayed events on the set. "I don't mean to be rude, but Joey Buttafuoco's famous," groans the up-and-comer. "So, I kind of want to be famous for being a really good writer or a really good director, not for being this goofball on [Project Greenlight]."
Speaking of accurate portrayals, what are Damon and Affleck who serve as producers on Summer
(opening Friday) really
like when the cameras stop rolling? "Matthew and Benjamin, they're just regular guys from Boston," he happily notes. "They are just like the guys that I went to high school with, except they're richer, better looking and more famous."