Beyond the sea
In 2004 I directed, co-wrote, co-produced and starred in my dream project, BEYOND THE SEA – a biopic about singer Bobby Darin.
It took me five long years to bring the Bobby Darin project to the big screen, but I was so dedicated to the project that it was worth the wait. I even did my own vocals on the film's soundtrack. All the hard work and determination paid off when I received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Lead Actor and a Grammy nomination for Best Soundtrack.
The whole project started, frankly, with my mother, Kathleen. She was a huge Bobby Darin fan, so I grew up in a house where his records were playing all the time, as well as Sinatra and other big band music. There's no question that we're influenced by our upbringing and by what we're surrounded with. By the time I was 15, I was convinced that Bobby Darin was the coolest cat that ever walked the face of the earth!
My mother was a huge influence in my life and I was lucky to be so close to a woman of such infinite taste, knowledge and intelligence. My whole life I sought my mother out for advice, and I'm glad she died knowing that I was making this film. At the time that I was developing the script, I was taking care of her as she had contracted a brain tumor. During the last eleven months of her life I was recording songs for rehearsal tracks and getting ready to start filming. She was very excited about me doing this movie. More than any other, I think. She would have been very proud to know that I finally made it happen. Because the movie is about mothers and sons, it just made sense to me that the film was for her, so I dedicated the film, BEYOND THE SEA, to my mother, Kathleen.