Film and TV
Left to right are Jerry Bamman, Richard Jordan (as the head of the company), Bill Fagerbakke, MacIntyre Dixon, Jeff Brooks, Jack Davidson, Don Amendolia, Ascania Sharpe and Durang with the headband.
Secret of My Success was directed by Herbert Ross, and starred Michael J. Fox, along with Helen Slater, Margaret Whitton, and Richard Jordan.
It was Durang’s first speaking part in a film, and he played the put-upon executive Davis (picked on by Jerry Bamman). The film was written by Jim Cash & Jack Epps, Jr., and AJ Carothers. Herbert Ross also hired playwright/ screenwriter Peter Stone to rewrite some of the scenes.
And then shortly after starting his part as Davis, Durang was hired to rewrite some more scenes, and write a couple of new ones. At that point in the filming, none of the executives (except for Bamman) had any lines, and so Durang ended up writing lines for all of them, including himself.
As a quirky side note, Elizabeth Franz played the part of Fox’s mother; and one of Durang’s assignments was to take an already filmed scene with Fox on the telephone with his mother where only his responses were heard. Durang was asked to write lines for the mother that would trigger Fox’s responses and be short or long enough to fit into the existing pauses. The fact that Ms. Franz was the original Sister in Durang’s play Sister Mary Ignatius added to the fun of the assignment.
Durang’s other film work:
To see what other films Durang has been in, follow the link below to the Internet Movie Database, and search for “Durang.” Here's the link: IMDB.COM
My film roles have all been supporting ones, sometimes with one or two good scenes, sometimes really negligible. For what it’s worth, I thought I’d tell you in which films I have parts with something fun in them: