For Joel Kim Booster, making “Fire Island” was a real trip

Ahn was outraged, but upon telling the story, Booster just nodded. “As a comedian, with everything I’ve done so far, I’m just supposed to be funny, you know?” said Booster. “But with that, I’m supposed to be a romantic protagonist, and it’s a lot for me in my life to be confronted with that and be like, ‘Am I that guy? Is this believable?’

Booster had never been in a relationship before he began writing “Fire Island,” and everything he knew about love he learned from watching Nora Ephron films. But as “Fire Island” entered production, Booster met video game producer John-Michael Sudsina, and something inside him softened.

“I’ve never met someone who made me want to not be alone until I met them,” Booster said.

He began to rewrite the scenes he shared with Ricamora, drawing inspiration from actual conversations he had with Sudsina. And the film’s final beat between the characters, which first ended in an offhand joke, was changed to land on something softer and more romantic. “It was like I was doing drag when I first wrote the movie about love,” Booster said, “and then after I lived it and did the rewrites, it was a lot more real and lived.”

The film received rave reviews, prompting Booster to breathe a sigh of relief: “When I was making it,” he said, “I was thinking, ‘If this movie is bad, I can never show my face here. I just ruined my favorite place in the world. And yes, he and Yang are both planning to return to the island this summer.

“Do you think it’s going to be different?” Ahn asked. “Do you think this is going to be weird?”

” It will be extremely weird,” Booster said. “I will either be persona non grata or mayor.”

And what will it do when Booster goes from “It is the main role of “Fire Island”? ” at “He is the leader of “Fire Island”!

Booster just shrugged: He’ll know when he knows. “I don’t think it’s quite hit me yet,” he said. “I don’t get any Grindr messages about this.”

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