I’ll Dine With Him, But I Won’t Sleep With Him
Posted on July 25, 2011
It took me the better part of the weekend between getting the place ready for my mother-in-law’s impending visit, taking dad for drives and then not grinding my teeth because of allowing the behavior attributed to Alzheimer’s to get the better of me–and I didn’t win many of those battles the last three days–but I finally finished watching Richard Rush’s 1981 film, The Stunt Man. I also finally recorded my first video blog only to discover that the editing program I bought doesn’t edit MP4s. This may just entail a trip to Best Buy tomorrow to buy a Flip Cam. $hit. But, back to The Stunt Man…
You know those questions people ask you from time to time, like what actor would you like to have dinner with? That sort of thing? I think I would love to have dinner with actor Peter O’Toole. There’s a huge number of his films I’ve never seen–Lawrence of Arabia is certainly one I should have, yet didn’t–but the body of his work I have seen is such that I’ve come away from it feeling he elevated it higher than it had any right to be. Hello? Phantoms. Need I say more? The one that made me a fan, however, is Creator.
Have you ever seen of it? Most people haven’t even heard of it. The film is about a brilliant college professor whose wife passed away and left him missing her to the point where he’s essentially trying to clone her. It’s not a sci-fi or horror movie and while it sounds a tad odd, it’s a very, very touching story about moving on, falling in love and, of course, the big picture. That film is when I first fell for Peter O’Toole’s abilities as an actor. His work in The Stunt Man is equally impressive and at times mesmerizing.
There was a documentary titled The Sinister Saga of the Making of The Stunt Man included on the Blu-Ray and director Richard Rush said something about films that makes sense in terms of being an author. Changing his words a bit, there are three books an author writes; the first is the one he finishes, then the one he turns in to the publisher after he’s completed his own edits and, finally, the one that gets published with the publisher’s edits. It’s true to this day.
I wish I could say that it was Peter O’Toole who drew me to The Stunt Man, but he’s not. I’d always remembered the poster art, only it wasn’t until my guy and I stayed at the Hotel del Coronado last year and I found out the film had been shot there. It got me curious, then I just had to wait for the Blu-Ray to come out. And with a little lucky, my guy and I will be back at the Coronado again this year. There is something very special about the place.
In the meantime, does anybody have a line to Peter O’Toole? Anybody?
Kristoffer Gair (who formerly wrote under the pseudonym Kage Alan) is the Detroit-based author of Honor Unbound, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To My Sexual Orientation, Andy Stevenson Vs. The Lord Of The Loins, Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell, several short stories featured in anthologies (to be combined in a forthcoming book), the recently re-published novella Falling Awake, its sequel, Falling Awake II: Revenant and Falling Awake III: Requiem.