Saturday, March 01, 2008

The Dirk Diggler Story (1988)

A 31 minute short film shot by Paul when he was just seventeen years old. It was written and shot like a Spinal Tap documentary about the rise and fall of Dirk Diggler.  It was shot on video and edited VCR to VCR. His dad narrated it (like an E! Hollywood true story). Mike Stein (a good friend who also had a small role in Boogie Nights) played Dirk Diggler. Bob Ridgely (The Colonel) played Jack Horner. The length was about 30 minutes. Rewritten as a full length movie when he was about 19-20 in the same vein but decided that the "Spinal Tap" thing was played out.


  1. Incredible. Never saw the entire film before. Love this site.

  2. I think the pool scene in The Dirk Diggler Story was filmed at Paul's old childhood home in Studio City (the southwest corner of Dilling and Troost). In the Boogie Nights original screenplay Paul wrote a scene(not in the movie) that took place on Troost Street. If you YouTube Ernie Anderson there's an interview with Ernie where Ernie is hanging with the family in the front yard and back yard. I think it's Paul's old childhood home. The bridge that Dirk walks across in Boogie Nights for Amber Waves documentary was practically in Paul's backyard.

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