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By Kim Voynar


A little out of pocket the next few days … my daughter Neve had to have some fairly major surgery to fix a problem with her leg. Long story short, her left femur grew twisted and was causing her foot to turn perpendicular to the right, which apparently is not desirable, especially for long-term issues like damage to hip and knee joints. We’d been “watching it” since she was little to see if it would straighten out on its own, like her right leg did, but no such luck. So now that she’s 14 and her growth plates are in, and the left leg was being stubbornly uncooperative, her doctor and the ortho surgeon felt it was time to take care of it. I know such things are routine to orthopedic surgeons, but for a mom, having a doctor explain how he’s going to go in and break your daughter’s femur (er, what?!), untwist it, and put a large stainless steel rod in there and screw it in place … not really my idea of fun times. And 9-18 months from now, we get to come back and do the whole thing over again so they can take the rod back out. Yippee.

Actually, Neve is doing extremely well so far. They put in a nerve block and a morphine drip, so her pain at the moment is under control. When they take that nerve block out, though … well, we’ll see how that goes.

Meanwhile, I brought a stack of the last few awards season screeners I needed to watch to get through my own top ten and the year-end voting for my critics’ groups, and we’re in the last push of post on Bunker this week too, so juggling many balls the next couple days. The SAGs and Globes have been announced, and really, what is there to say about that? For me, a lot of the critics’ group things are more interesting than the Globes especially, and pretty much what David’s had to say about both of those echoes my own thoughts pretty well. Today, I’m taking a break from the hospital to work on post sound for Bunker for a while, then back here to churn through more screeners. Juggling, juggling … and trying not to drop any balls along the way.

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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