While catching up with Seth, Pete admitted that his early drafts of the film were not as moving as the final product.
“Yeah, originally, it was just me and my friend were writing this movie about getting my mom laid and it just got overly disgusting,” he explained. “And then Judd turned it and weaved it into this 120 pages of emotion and actual story. So, thank god for him.”
The comedian also joked that since The King of Staten Island is so personal to him, he doesn’t mind what the critiques say of the film.
“I felt a lot more comfortable because it’s like, if nobody likes this, it’s just they don’t like me,” Pete said. “It’s not, like, I was reaching or anything. People just don’t like me. That was my way out of it.”
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