Who the fuck played Buddy Felton in Broadcast News?
In the Criterion DVD we get to see a terrific subplot in which William Hurt's reporter character is fed info by a gay man whose bf is a Beltway insider. There are some wonderful moments and lines in this sequence but they all got cut.
James Brooks does commentary for these scenes and NEVER MENTIONS THE POOR ACTOR'S NAME. I did a Google search and went on imdb but no luck finding out his name.
Any of you smart alecks happen to know? Thanks in advance.
Hoping one of you daytime DLers might have an answer.
Good question. I did a quick look, and can't find the answer.
Here's an interview with James Brooks. Part of it is about the Felton character.
"This new DVD has quite a few deleted scenes on it. What did you cut out?
There's a subplot where the Tom Grunick character, played by Bill Hurt, meets a man called Buddy Felton. Buddy's roommate works at the State Department, and Buddy has heard a story that he decides to pass on to the news. Buddy is gay, and he has sort of an instant crush on Tom. He says to Tom, "I hear stuff all the time. Isn't it good for you to hear things before they happen?" It's a relationship that leads to Tom breaking stories. Tom had been brought up with good manners, and he's gracious to Buddy. Plus, you realize this character cares deeply about Tom Grunick.
Why didn't you keep this story in the picture?
Because it makes it a darker film. The turning point is when Buddy finally tells Tom, "I broke up with my roommate. He's really the magnet for everybody who knew anything." So basically Buddy no longer has the connection to give Tom inside information. Humorously, Buddy offers to get back together with his roommate to help Tom out, but Tom says he's doing okay and doesn't need that. There's an awkward embrace and just before Tom goes on the air, Buddy says to Tom, "I want to tell you what my mother said to me: 'Don't be afraid to be wonderful.'" But you sense a dark side to Tom: he no longer needs this source."
It's got wonderful lines in it ("Uhh, one 'no' was enough") but I agree that the subplot was not really necessary. I thought another reason it was excised because I gather in the rough cut it was revealed that the tape editor (?) guy in the control room also had a crush on Tom but that stuff was trimmed, too.
I can't believe Brooks never mentioned his name ONCE. Incredibly disrespectful.
How the fuck should I know, bitch? Just keep your hands off my rhubarb!
Trying one more time...
Can you post a link to the scene or to a photo. My colleague is a film historian and knows a ton of this stuff.
Yes, R108, but he doesn't look familiar to me at all. Anybody know his name?
Giving it one more shot...
Yeah, he looks oddly familiar.
OP, is the Criterion edition worth checking out, apart from the deleted scenes?
Not really, R13, it's the deleted scenes that make it worth seeing. Brooks' commentary is pretty dull. He goes on and on about how Hurt and Hunter were theater trained and so could handle anything thrown to them at the last minute. And his omission of the name of the actor who played Buddy Felton is unforgivable.