Here’s a funny story for you. Just finished two days of NY press for the film. Nothing much to report there. Except one guy asked me at a “roundtable” if I’d ever shoot films for other directors again. Could have just been the jet lag but I almost threw him out the window. No, that’s not the funny story.
The premiere of the film was sponsored by the GenArt Film Festival last Friday here in NY. The audience comprised primarily their guests who were excited to see the movie and to see Steve Buscemi, Callie Thorne and Kevin Corrigan who were the only actors in the film actually in town. I had met Kieran Culkin a few months ago. I invited him and his younger brother Rory. So, that was our celebrity guest list. We did the traditional red carpet photo shots (though in this case it was actually brown plaid because we were in the lower level of the Tribeca Grand Hotel). There were a surprisingly large number of paparazzi who went lunged after the Culkin brothers like hunger-crazed hyenas. Then I quickly introduced the film and went upstairs to eat while the film played.
At the dinner were my producer Bob Salerno and his wife Tina, my wife Jane and Steve Buscemi and his wife Jo. Callie and Kevin stayed to watch the film.Still no funny story yet.
After dinner we headed back down to the theater to do a Q&A. Just as I was about to walk in front of the audience Salerno whispered to me, “Someone said Michael Pitt is in the audience.” I went out, introduced the cast then looked up and said, “I just heard a rumor that Michael Pitt is here. Is that true?”
A moment later Michael stood up and joined us on stage to a surge of applause from the crowd. I embraced him. There. Right there. That’s the funny story. You know why? Because there are certain stories in this business that
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