In a depressing case of art imitating life, Leo Fitzpatrick was a morally corrupt, deliquent teenage skateboarder when he was picked by writer/director Larry Clark to play the conniving and recklessly disinterested star of his disturbing 1995 film "Kids. " A native of Orange, New Jersey (population: 29,000), Fitzpatrick was a regular skateboarder in Manhattan by the age of 14. He hung around with other skateboard kids, mostly semi-vagrants who came from unhappy homes and looked to each other for a sense of family and belonging. In the early 90's, Larry Clark began hanging around this scene, taking pictures, asking questions and just getting to know the kids, sometimes skating himself. He asked Fitzpatrick if he would like to audition for a movie he was making and Fitzpatrick was cast as Telly, a vagrant skateboarding teen whose life of violence, crime and drugs is directed by one goal, the desire to have sex with very young virgins. Fitzpatrick and Clark shared a story credit on the film, which with its untrained actors and gritty real-life feel was often mistaken as a documentary.