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Scared For A Minute

Reading a story,. I saw a link,

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13 Responses to “Scared For A Minute”

  1. jeffmcm says:

    Sort of the same way Tom Arnold was telling everybody that he was going to be in True Lies 2 for a solid decade?

  2. sky_capitan says:

    I’m waiting for Battlefield Earth 2. I still remember John Travolta talking about it when the first one opened.
    And Michael Bolton and his movie where he was going to play a lawyer
    Or Garth Brooks and his ‘Chris Gaines’ movie…
    Or Sharon Stone wanting to direct Basic Instinct 3.
    still waiting and looking forward to those.
    Was there anyone less funny than Tom Arnold at his ‘peak?’

  3. jeffmcm says:

    You mean the 1996 trifecta of Big Bully, The Stupids, and Carpool?
    Yes: Carrot Top and Chairman of the Board.

  4. Me says:

    I’d love to see Tom Arnold in True Lies 2 (he was great in the first one) as long as it’d be directed by Cameron. At this point, I’d be happy to see Cameron do anything that doesn’t have to do with documentaries on underwater exploration/recovery.
    And I’m almost scared to say this, but I thought Arnold gave a helluva good and grounded performance in Happy Endings (granted, the movie was too scattershot to really be described as good, but still…).

  5. adorian says:

    It’s not just the subject matter and star attached to it, it’s the classical language angle…Some of it will be in Punic? With subtitles? One doesn’t know whether to giggle or groan.
    Mel Gibson, what hast thou wrought?

  6. KamikazeCamelV2.0 says:

    I liked Carpool when I saw it at age 11. But, er, I can’t imagine liking it now. True Lies is a great movie though, non?

  7. brack says:

    well we got Cameron’s “Aquaman” to look forward to.
    oh, wait…

  8. Lynn says:

    :: snorfles at brack ::
    I love big epic movies, but this seems like a bad bad idea, even to me.
    WTF do you do with the ending of Hannibal, anyway? Didn’t he, like, go into voluntary exile years after the last big battle, and die of suicide when the Romans tried to find him? Not exactly a big heroic moment.

  9. oldman says:

    Ohhh, that Hannibal! I thought you meant Silence of the lambs part deux!

  10. KamikazeCamelV2.0 says:

    Have you seen new pictures of Vin? He’s packing on the pudge.

  11. sky_capitan says:

    So you’re saying Vin is turning into the new Steven Seagal? Pudgy tough-guy
    And… I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing Chairman Of The Board. I think Carrot Top, circa 2006, would make an excellent Batman villain, because his look scares the HELL out of me.

  12. Chucky in Jersey says:

    Liz Smith is a servant of four masters — Harvey Weinstein, Rupert Murdoch, Michael Jackson, and Madonna.

  13. Cadavra says:

    Six. You forgot Liza and Barbra.

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon