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Troy Duffy had reason to feel confident. Miramaxhoncho Harvey Weinstein, the famed kingmaker of independent icons like QuentinTarantino and Kevin Smith, read Duffy's script for The Boondock Saints and seemed intent onmaking him the next big thing. And Duffy cut a Smith-like figure: He was ablue-collar bruiser from far outside the system, given to chain-smoking,colorful language, and wearing overalls without a shirt, like Larry The CableGuy. Weinstein offered Duffy a sweetheart deal that included $300,000 upfrontfor the script, a $15 million production budget, and a record contract forDuffy's band, The Brood. And to consummate the marriage, Weinstein even agreedto buy a stake in Duffy's Hollywood bar.

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