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Penn students already suffering from Saint Patrick’s Day withdrawal have struck gold.

Writer and director Troy Duffy, producer Chris Brinker and actor David Della Rocco from cult series The Boondock Saints will speak to the Penn community as Social Planning and Events Committee Film Committee’s keynote speakers this Friday. The speakers will give their story, take questions from the audience and sign DVDs.

The film’s “saints” refer to the Irish protagonists who, after hearing a divine message, become vigilantes set on ridding Boston of evil. The 1999 original film spawned a long-awaited sequel last fall.

But while the films’ action sequences are exciting enough, what Duffy, Brinker and Della Rocco want to share is the action off-stage: the creative and financial battle that delayed the production of The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, according to a SPEC Film press release.

“For as much pure shit as we’ve been through,” Duffy said in the release, “we literally could not have come this far without the unstoppable commitment of the fans that discovered us.”

SPEC Film Co-Director and College senior Allison Seelig said, “Their story will provide students, particularly those interested in careers in the film industry, with invaluable insight.”

The event takes place this Friday in College Hall Room 200 at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the entire Penn community.

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