Living Out Loud

BY Jeremy Kinser

April 22 2011 6:15 PM ET

CINEMA VERITE 2 X390 (HBO) | ADVOCATE.COM

Has the Loud family seen the finished film?
Pulcini: Yes, they did. They had a screening for them.

What was their reaction?
Pulcini: Well, you know, we didn’t hear a word. They didn’t react.



Springer Berman: It was just very nerve-racking.

Pulcini: It was just silence. And then we got word that they wanted to come to the premiere, so we took that as a good sign. We didn’t actually meet them until the premiere. And we had a little cocktail party before the premiere where we could spend time with them, and for us they were kind of mythological at that point. So it was very exciting. And from what I could glean from the whole thing, it’s very hard for them to sit through the movie. It brings up a lot of just an unpleasant — the whole thing was so unpleasant, and especially hard on Pat. I mean, there’s so many wide-ranging emotions she has when watching it, but I think generally they really appreciated the film, and I think they could see it had a lot of sympathy for them and told their story.

Springer Berman: They were lovely at the premiere, and they were very happy and positive, so it made my night. It made me happy.

Bill and Pat got back together after Lance died. Is that correct?
Springer Berman: Yes, they live together.
Pulcini: Yes, they came together to the premiere. They are probably still fighting and drinking and getting along.
Springer Berman: But they are companions. They live together, they take care of each other, they are both on the older side now, and they look great, and it’s kind of remarkable.

Finally, what do you both see as the continued appeal of reality programs?
Pulcini:
I think it’s part of — the Louds were kind of viewed as this attractive, wealthy — you know, they were tan and slim and enviable. And people love to feel superior to people like that, and so I think that’s why they were so attacked. You know, you love to watch it, but you love to attack them, and I don’t think that’s changed that much. You see all these kinds of wealthy families or “real housewives” that — I don’t think people watch them because they want to say “I love them.” I think they watch them because they want to see how empty their lives are and how pathetic they are. And they love the moments of conflict, and it’s a strange relationship audiences have with reality television, you know. And I don’t think it’s changed all that much when you really look at what’s popular right now.






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