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. No, that’s not the funny story.
The official New York Premiere of the film was sponsored by the GenArt Film Festival last Friday. Callie Thorne and Kevin Corrigan 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 (though in this case it was actually brown plaid because we were in the lower level of some Tribeca hotel). There were a surprisingly large number of paparazzi who lunged after the Culkin brothers like crazed hyenas. Then I quickly introduced the film and went out to eat something while the film played.
At the restaurant 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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