Sunday, August 24, 2014

INTERVIEW WITH AN ACTRESS

It's always something. Some things can add up, overflowing your plate, delaying your blog postings. Before you know it, these postings become irregular, few and far between, not good for your followers whom you love and adore.

One of these somethings keeping me away from my blogging is my involvement  in making my psy thriller OF GOOD AND EVIL into a movie, its Producer Alexandria Altman, to whom I refer to as Alex.

Then it dawned on me. Instead of having the movie keeping me away from my blogging, why not bring my blogging into the movie process? And what better way to begin than by having an interview with an actor who will be playing the role of one of my novel's leading characters.

From my observations and conversations with those associated with the movie, and from other related feedback, I've put together a dialogue with an actress. Let's call her Sue. She will be playing the part of Amber Ash, the heroine of OF GOOD AND EVIL. That dialogue begins as follows:

Sue, full of vim and vigor, cheerfully enters the room as I said,  "Ah, thanks for making yourself available, Sue. My blog followers are going to love our chat.!"

"Delighted, Gerald," Sue smiled, her voice soft and sultry. She was dressed in a fashionable caftan as she seated herself across from me, her long raven hair tumbling neatly down just over her shoulders. "You've come to my rescue when I needed it. Heaven knows."

"With heaven's help, let's make this a good interview."

"With you, I'm sure it will be," she laughed, her brown eyes sparkling.

"Good. Just sit back and relax. This interview won't be that structured. I'll simply begin with a question, you answer it, and we'll let the discussion evolve from there. Okay?"

Sue grinned. "You're starting off as the psychologist with me, I see."

"The writer will come along soon enough."

"Probably just in time. What's the first question?"

"Did you read my book before you became involved with the movie?"

Sue paused a moment, then, "Your first question would have to be an embarrassing one. No, I didn't read your book, sorry to say, and I like thrillers. The first time I heard about it was when I read the working script Alex gave to me. Then I read your book," she added enthusiastically, "and was really surprised! Compared to the working script, your book was even more incredible...more complete...more of a fantastic story, and your writing style is just awesome!

"Oops!" Sue brought her hand to her mouth, "Am I allowed to say that? Alex told me beforehand  that this interview was to focus on me, not you."

"Don't worry about it. This is all on tape, and if Alex objects to any of your remarks, they'll be deleted from the interview. But for now, feel free to say what comes to your mind."

"I know she'll kill this, but the heck with it!" Sue proclaimed with a sudden fiery spirit. "I'll love you forever for preparing me the way you did for that...that whatever you call it --- a screen test? Was that a casting call?"

"Let's just say a special audition."

"It was special, all right. The pain you took presenting to me the very soul of Amber Ash." She shook her head in amazement. "That's what delivered the role. The love of your characters...getting me to absorb and act out the effects of that love."

"Once I found you, I helped you because you were the best actress for the role. Your audition proved it...powerful! Now that you have it, what do you think of the role of Amber?"

Sue's eyes became aglow. "It's...it's so hard to put into words...almost spiritual, but I think it's one of the best roles I've come across for a woman. Challenging...unusual...magnificent. And what a love story! It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. And the psychic thing. Wow. It will require everything I can give to interpret the right nuances for the role. How do you come up with such phenomenal characters?"

"I give all the credit to my creative process. But what's important now is how you bring Amber Ash fully to life on the screen."

"Don't worry, Gerald. After giving me the opportunity for the role, I don't dare let you down." Sue paused a moment, reflecting, then asked, "But what about Ron? He's so crucial to all of this. Who will play his role?"

"Casting is still searching. Like yours, Ron's role is not easy to fill.  Is whoever is chosen to play Ron of concern to you?"

"Damn right!" Sue exclaimed wide-eyed, lifting her brows. "I don't want the Casting Directer playing with my brain by saddling me with some flake! Someone who can't pull off Ron's strong, uncanny character and your masterful story. Someone who just doesn't have that special spark that mesmerizes.. Whomever the actor is who's chosen, our chemistry together has to be right. It has to click and come across on the screen. With the right Ron, this movie could become a blockbuster!"

"Let's hope Casting digs up the right actor."

"I bet you'll have a hand in the digging, like with me. But..." Sue now appeared a little drawn.

"What is it?"

"It's just...just...It's just that I want this to be the best in film making. Your story deserves it. I just don't want to see it screwed up."

"Alex wouldn't let that happen."

Sue gazed at me in question.

"Maybe this is a good place to end the interview," I said.

"Suits me. I could use a drink!"

"What say we do lunch?"


OF GOOD AND EVIL can be purchased by clicking the "Buy the Latest Book!" box at the top of this blog's home page. Or, in the U.S.,  it can be ordered by clicking, http://www.amazon.com/dp/160976014X ; in the UK by clicking, http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/160976014X



14 comments:

  1. Ah Gerald, another fabulous blog. You inspire me to update my blog as well. It's been too long and as usual, you are setting the pace.

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    1. Ah, Cynthia, my goddess of euphony, thank you for your kind words regarding my blog. A warm feeling that I have been an inspiration to you and I hope that always reains the case. Your spirited endeavors inspire me!

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  2. Shane Porteous here, Gerald my friend your blog is the embodiment of the saying "quality over quantity" you might not post as often as most bloggers do but when you do post, it is an absolute gem. You're not a machine gun that fires out enough bullets hoping to randomly hit the target, you sir are a sniper rifle, you make every post hit the target dead on. So my two metaphors are essentially saying you have a sniper rifle that shoots out gems, an incredibly cool weapon!

    I am not surprised in the least that an interview that was meant to be about the actress turned into praise for your book. Just strengthens how masterfully crafted your tale truly is, congratulations my friend.

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    1. Shane, I love your metaphors. A magic of words so well put, and I thank you for them. "Gems", an appreciated testimony to my striving for quality beyond anything else, a sniper rifle rather than a machine gun, hitting my target dead on. You are the master of such expression, never missing the true target, either.

      As for the interview, I thank you too for feeling it was masterfully crafted. My aim, my target. The fulfillment of quality.

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  3. OK Gerald,
    Are you making fun of my using AWESOME writing style in my Review? hhhhhmmm? LOL. I love how you did this blog post. Smart idea to do before the movie comes out. There is only one thing wrong with the post though, the actress's name is NOT Catherine! Would may have gone over a little bit better! LOL! When you make it to Hollywood, don't forget about your REAL PALS! LOL.

    Bravo! Now don't make me wait Months for another! :-)

    Hugs & Luv,
    Catherine Townsend-Lyon, Author & Lyon Media & Book Promotions

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    1. Certainly I'm not making fun, Catherine. You don't imagine you're the only one thinking that my writing style is AWESOME, do you? LOL Why only the other day this guy was released form the sanatorium and he kept saying, "AWESOME!...AWESOME!" I'm sure he had read my book. LOL

      But I love that you love how I did this post. Don't worry, there's a scrub lady in the movie whose name is Catherine, and she's practicing her part now. LOL Also, don't worry about me forgetting my REAL PALS. Where are they, anyway, when I need a back rub? LOL

      Bravo to you as well. I won't make you wait months for another posting if you'll give me a back rub! :)

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  4. I think among your greatest gifts is to write dialogue, and I appreciate that you are reintroducing the characters in the blog, for I stop and affirm, "Yes, that sounds like the book." Most people I've ever been to movies with--If they are disappointed," The comment is that the movie did not follow the script well at all. I thought the movie, "Under The Tuscan Sun," was really pathetic, for it murdered the book which made me warm sitting out on concrete steps as the home rebuilding crew sat down and drank bottles of wine, and somehow--The chores would get done, the Italian way--Slowly! The movie made it appear that it was about a tawdry romance, and strangely--The author, since moved, bought a house next door to a cousin of ours on China Beach, San Rafael, Ca.. She was a brilliant professor, and she liked to take you along the Etruscan Road, to the city markets, and the cooking played through cleverly even with recipes. The movie did not feel very professorial at all, nor did it feel like Tuscany. Thus, the dialogue here is pleasant, and it feels good that Amber is coming through as you watch and talk with her. I certainly wish I was at the stage of picking actors and actresses. "Pinkhoneysuckle," is still in the writer's hands, and from what I hear of the movie business--May I find a miracle has occurred. That is about what it takes to get a movie in to production--So, congratulations my friend, and keep up the great work, and thanks for making it an easy to follow blog. I tend to get very wordy, so I give you a 5 for dialogue. Love you, Barbara

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  5. I appreciate your feeling that my dialogue has quality, Barbara --- what I strive for, and that the dialogue used gave you a good sense of Amber, just like in the book.. For one who has read the book, I am gratified that you, can easily see some of her promising character through the interview.

    I am so delighted that you are such a discerning fan and thank you for all your related comments. The ongoing saga rolls on, and you know I'm rooting for you in your movie endeavor. Love in return, Gerald

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  6. Gerald,
    Once again, your masterful use of prose and language compels us to eagerly consume every word on the page. We leave the blog feeling just as Sue did -- prepared to "enter" the story. What a brilliant way to promote book, movie, and self without coming off as egocentric. (I love Sue's apology!) Can't wait to get into the book and will surely look forward to seeing how you transfer it to screen

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    1. Kmaster, what a remarkable validation of my efforts. Such acute perceptions. Thank you for being a cherished fan! Sue thanks you as well. I wouldn't be surprised if she sent you a lovely bouquet for seing as she does that what's at stake for the book's amazing story is how the richness of that story is transformed to the screen.

      Better to read the book first, making sure you don't miss out on any of the story's richness.

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  7. I won't be able to summon the glowing comment I once left for your craft, when it was swallowed up by the cyber pit. So I'll keep this short & sweet. I'm impressed with the content and ambiance here Gerald! Yet more than this - I'm fairly certain that in your heart beats a kindly sort and talented novelist. Writers are a special breed, and the collegiality that you have exuded through LinkedIn, Books and Writers, discussions will forever unite our bond. Write on, my friend ! Same time, same bat channel. Steven R.

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  8. Ah, Steven, thank you so much fror returning and leaving a comment after your first "glowing" comment for my craft bit the dust in the cyber pit, master thoughts forever lost to the world. Sigh. But we must march on!

    So, in marching on, I thank you for the appreciated and gracious words of your comments here. I'm particularly warmed that the bond from our discussions forever unites us. May your bats forever be a charm to you, my friend, and with the charm, literary and personal success!

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  9. An inspiring interview and I feel as though I know Sue already. I can picture her in my mind and I'm this close to identifying her real name ... As for her co-star, an insider mentioned someone whose initials are TC. However, I'm wondering if Top Cat is tall enough to bring the character to life?

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    1. Steve, thank you for your acute observations and gracious comments, I know you can't wait to see if your "close to identifying" Sue's real name proves to be true. As for her co-star, rest assured that the actor chosen will have the exceptional acting talents and height to bring Ron's compelling character to life. The movie hangs on it, so great care will be taken to choose the right actor.

      Read the book before seeing the movie to see if you agree that this is the case.

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