'Public Morals' star tells 'CBS Sunday Morning' about becoming persona non grata for directing gigs
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Edward Burns became the flavor of the month after the 1995 indie hit The Brothers McMullen, but apparently Hollywood lost its patience when his other films failed to blow up the box office.

The star of TNT’s upcoming drama Public Morals tells CBS Sunday Morning that box-office misses he helmed like She’s the One and No Looking Back put him in “director’s jail.”

“I would walk into a room and they didn’t even want to talk to me,” Burns tells reporter Tracy Smith. “They really had no interest. I was in director’s jail. And you could feel it.”

The 47-year-old filmmaker and actor goes on to say that the period felt like “no one believes in me anymore. Whatever the promise of Brothers McMullen, and the fact that, ‘Oh, this guy might be able to go make a certain type of film,’ that was done.”

Burns wrote, directs and stars in Public Morals, a New York City-based drama debuting Aug. 25 at 10 p.m. ET about an officer (Burns) in the public morals division of the NYPD that investigates vice crimes. It takes places in the ’60s. His debut film Brothers McMullen just celebrated its 20th anniversary this week, and Burns remembered the occasion on Instagram.

CBS Sunday Morning airs at 9 a.m. ET.

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