I’m back – first blog entry since October 2006 (which was a very busy month for me, so I’m impressed I had time to publish that lambasting of the GWB administration and mainstream media.)
I know some of you are not quite sure who I am, just remember me as the powerful actor who last autumn, playing the role of a guy wrongfully accused of molesting a child, spoke the timeless line “I don’t even know where Laffy Time is!” on Law & Order: SVU. Chicago Tribune TV critic Maureen Ryan called it “one of the most gripping moments ever on broadcast television”; Caryn James wrote “Ruffer’s performance changed my life-never again will I be able to go a day without wondering how many Americans languish in incarceration, falsely accused and inadequately represented. I shudder.” I don’t want to be a spoiler, but a guy from the factory that manufactures the Emmy statues called the other day to confirm the my last name i fact has two “f”s.
OK. I’m making up the stuff about the critics and the Emmy. But a lot of Facebook friends did write things like “hey, Seth-just saw you on Law & Order! Good job!” Of course, they’re friends, so you never know if they really mean the kind words, or if they’re just looking for an invite to hang out on set with Marishka Hargitay, but what the hell. It was nice. And the residual checks!
But there’s a lot more to me than television stardom.
As most of you know, I’m a screenwriter/producer whose script, “Three Houses” – a comedy about race relations in the suburbs – has been alternating between “sizzling” and “neglible” in the nether land of indie film production. Right now, for those of you who concern themselves with such things, we’re closer to “sizzling” again, with prospective first-in money reviewing the project with a $10MM budget and a couple of juicy names likely to attach once the funding process is complete. Late last year the script won entry into the scouting service run by Script Shark, a division of The New York Times, and my wife assures me it is the finest script she has ever read.
The coolest thing, though, about trying to get my screenplay produced has undoubtedly been the education I’ve gotten about an absolutely insane business–movie making — and the opportunity to get to meet….well, cyber-meet a lot of cool, knowledgable, super talented, really generous people who’ve given tremendous amount of insight and even more importantly consistently make me laugh.
So I’m gonna try to keep this blog current with things going on with my projects (I’ve also written two TV pilot scripts–one for cable and one for broadcast TV, that I’ll be pitching soon, and am nearly done with a solid first draft of another feature film, this one a political thriller), and maybe once in a while share a peek into my home life as well (which people often tell me should be made into a reality series.) For now I’ll tell you that I live just outside NYC in northern New Jersey, with my criminally insane wife, Soo, and Mojo, the world’s largest labradoodle and Emma, the world’s most obnoxious Airedale.