I thought the character was very different from Billy Brown. Not as volatile. Kinder. Gentler. More depressing.
Mood hardley makes for a different character.
Gallo doesn't play to the audience... this is self proclaimed and yea, it's the sort of comment you take with a grain of salt but after watching The Brown Bunny, that sentiment definitely isn't unfounded. He made this film first and foremost for himself, and virtually by himself which I think is one of its most endearing qualities.
I can definitely respect that. There are many different reasons one creates a work of art. For some it's an expression, for some communication. Any art, ideally, should be made primarily for yourself.
But on the other end, I think that it's always good to communicate that expression to someone. That's where the magic happens. And for that you need to recognize your audience.
Also, with film being such and expensive medium, unless you are throwing down your own cash, it's just respectful to your backer that you at least make a film that he/she can get their money back on unless you've made other arrangements. If anything, it's nice to be able to make another film, which will be very difficult for Mr. Gallo. He's proclaimed he won't make another film, well.....I'm not sure he really has a choice.
I'm not bagging on Vincent, I've always loved his work. I'd rather someone tries something new and fails miserably than being careful and doing the same old 'safe' thing. I respect him for that. I'm so tired of the same old thing over and over again. But there are certain realities that must be taken into account as well. Stories have been told using a certain structure for, well, forever. There's a reason for that, our brains prefer to assemble information in a certain way. If you're going to ignore that, that's fine, but you shouldn't be surprised with the results.