Director's Note from Jake Jaxson:
Have you ever found yourself yelling at your TV screen (or computer), "Liar? Asshole? Hypocrite?" when you see that political or public figure up at the mics trying to defend the seemingly indefensible?
It's that moment when the lie comes out of his or her mouth, and EVERYONE else knows the truth except the poor sad sap on camera.
Lest we forget Ted Haggard, the wealthy televangelist caught booty-bumping meth with a male escort. Or Larry Craig, the right-wing senator who plead guilty to cruising in an airport bathroom. Or George Alan Rekers, the southern baptist minister who hired a rentboy to help him "carry his luggage."
The list goes on and on, but what these men have in common is that they actively preached and worked particularly against gay rights and advancement -- the classic case of "do as I say not as I do." This is why their falls were so swift and yes... delicious to watch.
I admit -- I have a very dark place in my mind that holds the keys to my ideas of the perfect revenge? And yes, I have cooked them up time and again in my mind like a chef with his secret recipes.
When I see these guys up on the stage, on TV -- with their holier-than-thou smug faces, moralizing for profit and ambition -- my mind races and wanders and I daydream, wishing that a sex tape depicting exactly what they are preaching against would fall out of the sky and magically broadcast itself uncensored on Fox News? Sadly, that never happens. But time and time again, these "moralizers for profit" face disgrace -- for it is always the hubris of a hypocrite that will do them in.
Yet before you think I'm now some demoralizing asshole doing the same, know this -- I am also a hypocrite. I am a liar. I am selfish. I moralize. I live in fear. I am jealous. I am impatient. I am all of this and more.
Many believe the characters portrayed in ANSWERED PRAYERS are based on people I dislike, and in fact they are. They are based on the worst parts of me -- struggling every day to become better, more loving, stronger, and most importantly, at peace with myself.
This project -- like the mirrors seen throughout the story -- are a constant reminder to myself: Look. See. And be.
Sebastian Caine has been living a double life -- by day he is a tightly wound TV pundit preaching anti-gay conservative rhetoric, and by night he's doing booty bumps and sucking cock with his personal masseur. If there was only one word to describe Sebastian Caine, it would be "hypocrite."
Unbeknownst to him, he is also the next pawn in an epic rivalry between the mysterious demigods and brothers Jinks and Moloch. Caine's pointed remarks on a news broadcast help feed the fear mongering that gives Moloch so much of his power, while the well-meaning Jinks grows weaker as hope and possibility start to fade from the hearts of man... until he summons his three sons, the Sons of Chaos, all in hopes of fighting another battle.
Puck, Luck, and Abel are en eccentric trio of brothers -- playful in spirit, mischievous in nature, and wild at heart. They at times lack discipline, but when focused, their power is unmistakeable. And Sebastian Caine's double life, hypocrisy, and manipulation have now gotten him a one-way ticket to their reality. They use Caine's sexual lust and desires (which include rope, tape, and even saran wrap) for greater purpose, all the while exposing him as a master of lies. But whether or not Caine will continue to live a lie is a decision only he can make once the Sons of Chaos are through with him.
Beautifully shot and edited, The Bully is the third part of Jake Jaxson's six-part miniseries Answered Prayers, a 21st century morality play that explores the inner workings of everyday human archetypes and the fears that haunt them.