Leo Fitzpatrick from ‘Kids’ Talks About Art, Skateboarding, and the Loss of Max Fish
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New York Magazine has a bit on Kids actor Leo Fitzpatrick this week (he played Telly). The article is sort of a “where are they now” type piece. These days, at 35, he’s a co-owner of the Home Alone 2 gallery on Forsyth Street, and recently landed a part in the “pre apocalyptic” indie comedy Doomsdays.
The full article is worth your attention, but here are a few quick hits:
Back then, he’d come into the city to hang out with the skateboarders—all “losers,” he says proudly, with “fucked-up families”—in Washington Square Park, which is where the photographer Larry Clark first found him and his friends and cast them in Kids.
The recent shuttering of Max Fish, his local, has left Fitzpatrick “a man with no land” and has him wondering why he still bothers sticking it out here, where insane rents have hindered the kind of madman creativity that first drew him to the city. “If I was a 16-year-old kid now, I couldn’t afford to move here. I’d probably move to Austin or Detroit. I’m sure there’s a new scene to replace my scene. Everything’s happening in Brooklyn now. I’m not cool enough to know what that is.” He imagines “a life upstate, where it’s a little calmer. You don’t need that much to enjoy life. You know, it’s not like I’m a food blogger. I don’t care about new restaurants.” And then he smiles. “But at the same time, I probably won’t ever leave.”
Fitzpatrick will team up again with Larry Clark for his next show at Home Alone 2 in the coming weeks.