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SUCCESS DOES NOT BURN FILMMAKER

Success hasn't turned out quite the way Ed Burns thought it would.

The surprise success of "The Brothers McMullen," the 1995 film he wrote, directed and starred in, gave him entree into Hollywood and a measure of fame that he only imagined growing up in New York as the son of a policeman.

"My fantasy of the life of a famous person was more decadent than it's proven to be," he said. "I thought it was all cocaine, girls, limos and parties."

But, Burns said, the only perks he's found interesting are courtside tickets to New York Knicks basketball games, his own editing facility and "time to write."

His latest film, "No Looking Back," follows "The Brothers McMullen" in exploring the dreams of blue-collar people, this time in a small, bleak East Coast beach town.

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