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Famous for 15 minutes?
Famous for 15 minutes?
Date: 13/01/02, updated on 22/05/02 (77 review reads)
Advantages: Interesting experience, Stones hummers, That dress she wasnt wearing that was clinging on for its dear life
Disadvantages: Im a blur
My only film and TV exposures of any note are not worthy of fithteen minutes of your time and mine. So i will say famous for seven and a half minutes twice!.
The first was when I was seven and a half when we won a family pass to see the British premier of Star Wars.
Rainbow Carpets was the deliverer of this sumptuous wide-eyed treat to a space mad kid.
We had purchases a double shag luxury pile which enabled mum and dad into the prize draw. We were lucky enough to win the star prize, along with fifty others. Well even if it wasn’t an exclusive deal we were still going to the big city to see the greatest film ever made, and still to this day!.
We shuffled in to the allotted areas in chords and Tom and Jerry T-shirt with mum and dad wearing Rainbow Carpets sweatshirt’s supplied by the owners of course.
Our seats were better than we thought as we were behind the cast of the Sale of the Century, which was very big in those days. Of course I had no idea that Nicholas Parsons and John Junket were in those innocent years but I recall mum being dead impressed looking down their necks.
John Junket was the voice of the show you never saw like the guy on Blind Date.Older viewers would recall this kitch show.
Bet you didn’t know that Nicholas Parsons dad was the doctor who delivered Margaret Thatcher!.
Not only were we on Anglia Today our local news station but we were also glimpsed coming out just behind New Avenger Gareth Hunt!.Not a bad days celeb shnoozing don’t you think.
I remember a microphone being stuffed under me and my brother by a lady saying did you enjoy the film.
We were particularly cute in these days and mumbled that we had been told off for hissing by the other lady.
The guy on the coach told us to hiss Darth Vader when he came on screen which caused great consternation when row BCD made this horrendous snake sound.
Torches lit up the coach parties area l
ike those light sabers swooshing in front of our eyes.
The second moment for me was in the film business in Miami Beach where I was travelling around America.I was staying in The Clay Hotel there which is an incredibly glamorously located International Youth Hostel near the beach and the beautiful beach bunnies.
One morning we awoke to the news that the hostel would be used as a movie location. We knew that it was fairly famous in Miami movies with it being a regular on Miami Vice.
It had a trendy café and breakfast bar with its are decco finish and vernhadhas.
In the late twenties to the war it was a famous gangster hang out where Al Capone used to polish his machine gun. There are even bullet holes in the plaster, although the owners story is suspect. Its more likely to be ammo from the drug squad as a lot of narcotics have been taking here.
Anyhow the film was The Specialist starring Sylvester Stallone and Eric Roberts with Rod Stieger in there to. The babe of the flick was Sharron Stone.
Because we were residents we were allowed to come and go as we pleased as long as we didn’t interfere with filming.One time Stone was doing the shot when she first dates the evil drug dealer Roberts in the café where he beats the guy up.We were asked to be extras in the café!.
Well we jumped at it along with other guests and sat bar stools from the stunning Stone.Sly was at in the across the road as the undercover bomb expert looking to meet there for the kill on Roberts.
The mini actors motorhome was below my balcony and I could see the great movie legend throwing his sweat shirts out after what ever he was doing in there. The film was awful at the movies which I obviously watched for vanity reasons with my big screen appearances less than satisfying was a mere blur from a camera pan.
Well at least I can say I have worked with Stallone and had a burger from the same catering van. He’s just over five four you kn
If you fancy a trip to Miami and you want cheep and cheerful accommodation down there the do doubles for $18 each. They are nearly always filming something on South Beach and my second visit recently I did a crowd scene in Oliver Stones “Any Given Sunday”.
Im not so prominent there as we were one of forty thousand people who turned up for the free food and the minute chance of a zoom!,every extras dream apparently.
Oh I also appeared on Northants TV!,does that count,err thought not.