Duck Butter

Synopsis: Two women, who are dissatisfied with the dishonesty they see in dating and relationships, decide to make a pact to spend 24 hours together hoping to find a new way to create intimacy.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Miguel Arteta
Production: The Orchard
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

You're the smartass

Duplass Brothers, aren't you?

How does the work break down?

What do you do?

All of our filming

happens right on the set.

-Very organic, in the moment,

like a therapy session.


We're improvising,

we're trying things,

we're getting upset and nervous

'cause it's not working.

We have a breakthrough.

"Holy shit!

This is so exciting!

It wasn't even in the script.

Let's go get it."

You know,

it's like the best version

-of what the scene could be

in this moment,


with the people we got

and where we're at.

We know what the scene

is supposed to be,

so let's just, like, see

what happens.



Hi, I'm Naima,

I'm playing Natalie.

-How are you doing?

-Hello, good. How are you?

-Good. Welcome to set.

-Thank you.

Mark and Jay wanted

to talk to you before...

Yes, of course.

I wanna talk to them.

-Oh, thank you.

-Read this.

-And you don't get anything.


I feel like all dentists

are like that.

-Hi, guys. Hi. Sorry.


-Hey. Jay. Nice to meet you.

-How are you?

Naima. "Nima,"

if you can call me that.

Naima, thank you

for being here.

We loved your tape,

it was awesome.

Oh, thanks. I'm so glad.

I'm such a big fan

of you guys. I'm...

Yeah, I'm just honored

to be here.

We're huge fan of yours.

How's life? What's going on?

You know, I've been up

all night, just kinda...

getting ready for this.

-Oh, boy.


-We're kind of like--

- We're pretty easy

about everything.

We can totally get something.


-Oh, hello, geniuses.

Hi, sweetheart.

These guys are

Lindsay and Kamal.


-Naima. You can call me Nima.

-Hey. Lindsay.


Uh, welcome to the set.

So we were talking

and doing the scene yesterday.

-It just felt a little...

It was different.


-It would be great to block

It was fuckin'


with the onion rings,

don't you think?

-I know it's just like a prop--

-Onion rings?

Yeah, I think there was

onion rings in the scene.

It was kind of

specifically noted.


-I don't even remember.

I think we just learned

maybe the onion rings

aren't that important.

-Right, yeah.

This is the first time in life

that onion rings

aren't important.


Yeah, yeah.

There were a number of people

who wanted to talk to you.

Nobody wanted to talk to me.

Yes, they did.

And I think

there were, you know,

a lot of different things

going on tonight.

Tell me one...

What was the most...

Who was the cutest guy?

Okay. I know before we had

the whole thing,

where I was like,

you were pumped

that they went to the gay club.

It was a first time thing,

but, clearly,

things have changed,

and maybe less about

the onion rings?


I think the thing

to remember is that

Kamal is crushed

when he comes in,

and you need to respond

organically to that energy

and let go of the old version

of the scene.

I thought that...

all it took was me

to know I was gay,

and then I'd be gay.

But I don't know how

to talk to anyone. I don't--

Are you gay?

No, I think there were...


- Yeah.


Okay, let's pause

for a second, guys.

-We're gonna pause real quick.

-We're gonna just come in

real quick.

Still rolling. Still rolling.

Well, just, while, like...


- Lindsay.

-Yeah, when Lindsay

is going to touch him,

if she makes it more clear...


-...that she's hitting on him.

It's not really about her.

Your soulmate is coming undone

and you're here for him.


-Yeah, right?

And the more you can just be

an empathetic, open human being

that is receiving emotion,

that's all we need.

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Miguel Arteta

Miguel Arteta (born 1965) is a Puerto Rican director of film and television, known for his independent film Chuck & Buck (2000), for which he received the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award, and for the films The Good Girl (2002) and Cedar Rapids (2011). more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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