Hey, they actually finished Meet Pursuit Delange! And there's a video clip here on imdb!
The blurb about the movie reads:
So his name is Pursuit Delange? That's a really strange name, the strangest he ever played. (He's done some pretty regular-named characters before - Tom, Charles, Gabriel, etc. It's only Gaius who was odder.) Sounds like the movie is dealing with similar themes to Beginner's Luck. Is it strange that James is so drawn to films about failure, when he himself is a success? Maybe all actors start out being failures of some kind, feeling like this will never go anywhere, so this is something very relatable to them.
James described the film last year at the Evening with James Callis panel:
It was a comedy and it was very risqué, very very risqué. So risqué that the pilot possibly won't be made, but now, people are interested perhaps in a movie that will be less risqué. Do you understand risqué? Essentially risqué is rude.. I think, essentially, rude or crude, or both. I play this guy who was a wannabe, he wanted to be involved in the media in some way. And he's very naïve and a bit... sweet, like a nice guy, sweet, but he gets... he meets up with an old school friend who never was actually his friend at school. And the old school friend is really mean, really nasty. So it's like a duo between myself who was like Bambi and my friend who was like Satan. (laughter) It was very funny to do.
Heee! It really looks like that from the video. The "friend" is talking, saying crude stuff and being generally offensive, and James is like shrinking in his seat, very insecure and mellow, like a nice guy who's very impressionable.
Based on that clip? I love it. I'm not a huge fan of "shocking for the shake of being shocking", but I think Pursuit's naïveté sort of balances it and brings it back around to "shocking meets sweet and innocent". That works really well. Looking forward to seeing the full thing!