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Extras and superstars

I had to laugh at Peter Bradshaw's Guardian review of the new Madonna film 'Filth and Wisdom':

She has made a movie so incredibly bad that Berlin festival goers were staggering around yesterday in a state of clinical shock, deathly pale and mewing like maltreated kittens. She is also the producer and co-author of the script. If she'd done the location catering as well, they'd have had a Jonestown situation on their hands.


LOL. Apart from that, how did you like the film Mr Bradshaw?

A tangentially related anecdote just came to mind. One of my friends used to be a film extra. He worked on 'First Knight' with Richard Gere and Sean Connery. He says Gere was good natured and easy going, and everyone liked working with him. Apparently Connery was a complete git.

Various tales of his self-importance and selfishness, which you can probably imagine. Most astonishingly, to my mind, he refused to rehearse. He had a stand-in who was paid a good salary to take his place in rehearsals. The actor only came out of his trailer if there was film in the camera. And then he would fluff his lines because (obviously) he hadn't rehearsed them.

My friend says he was in one scene which was about twenty seconds long. Connery had to say two short sentences, but he kept getting the second one wrong. Unfortunately the scene was inside the great hall (or something) and there were flaming torches on the wall. Every time the director shouted 'cut' they had to douse the flames, for health and safety. Then they had to light them again, and wait for them to flame up to fulll strength. Then they would start the cameras rolling, film for ten seconds and Connery would mess up the second sentence. Cut and repeat.

Those twenty seconds took a whole day to film. I can't imagine how much it must have cost. My friend said it was really tiring because they were in armour and carrying swords and so on, you couldn't even sit down.
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