Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Lice! My leading lady has LICE! Just kidding -- but this scene from "Mansion of Madness" was entirely ad-libbed. Our director, in a burst of inspiration, spotted a wooded grove he thought would be perfect for a love scene. It wasn't on the sheet for the  day and neither of us had looked at it since we got our scripts a couple of months back. We said so, but he insisted.
  "What are we going to do?" Ellen wailed.
  " Just say any goddamn thing and make out until this pendejo cuts the scene."
  So we babbled a bunch of nonsense, kissed a few times and let them work it out at the dubbing studio.
  Not all that strange to me. Back in Italy when an actor lost his lines, he would just call out numbers .."Uno, due, tre.." and leave the studio to patch in the dialogue.
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