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DP/30 – What’s Wrong With Virginia, actress Jennifer Connelly

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11 Responses to “DP/30 – What’s Wrong With Virginia, actress Jennifer Connelly”

  1. Tom says:

    Jennifer Connelly is so bright and stunningly beautiful that I admire her more and more for not selling out to blockbuster mainstream films.

  2. Paul MD (Stella's Boy) says:

    She wasn’t in The Day the Earth Stood Still two years ago? Or He’s Just Not That Into You last year? Or Hulk? Must have been a different Jennifer Connelly in those.

  3. ThriceDamned says:

    So unbelievably, ridiculously beautiful that it’s not even funny. Jesus Christ…I can’t even focus on what she’s saying, I just get lost looking at her.

  4. Hopscotch says:

    I’ll try to keep this clean. I saw Jennifer do a Q&A after a screening of House of Sand and Fog in late 2003. She was wearing a loose-fitting sweater and jeans.

    She was literally the most stunning woman I’ve ever seen. I was practically drooling. Afterward, I ran to my car, raced home and took a two hour hot shower.

  5. storymark says:


  6. the great thing about jennifier connelly is that she still looks hot eventhough she is already a bit old these days _

  7. Jen connelly is the actress that i have a huge crush. here eyes are really very pretty “..

  8. John Daly says:

    Absolutely, Jennifer Connelly is undoubtedly the most beautiful woman on the planet. But, Paul MD (Stella’s Boy), you are incorrect. She was definitely in “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, “He’s Just Not Into You” and “Hulk.” I’ve seen them all and she was in them! There is no substitute for the real Jennifer Connelly.

  9. Josephina says:

    John Daly is correct!

  10. yancyskancy says:

    Reading comprehension is fun!

  11. Alfred says:

    I would like to appreciate the work you have made in writing this write-up. It has been an encouragement for me. I have transferred this on to a friend. thankyou

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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?”

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