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  • THE MORNING TRADES


    Working
    in Hollywood
    can drive anyone crazy.
    the long hours
    and quick turnarounds alone
    can make me feel
    like I'm stuck on Mars sometimes
    or
    at least the moon.
    the days
    can just jump away from me
    when my sleep gets short-changed.
    my head can go numb,
    my thoughts can get cloudy.
    it can all become highly charged
    and stressed out,
    ending up
    in a very serious game
    of catching up.

    I remember
    hearing a story
    quite some time ago
    when I first started out
    in this industry,
    one about John Cassavetes,
    a grand master in his own right
    as both an actor and a director.
    but
    he was also
    a huge workaholic.

    in fact
    he was directing
    a feature at the time
    and
    during a break
    he was chattering away
    with an admirer on set,
    telling him things
    about his career
    and so forth.
    but
    it was at that moment
    when his first assistant director
    named Art
    interrupted the conversation
    while holding onto the morning trades
    like they were Bibles.

    Art's
    face showed
    a solemn expression.
    he told John
    just how sorry he was
    about the news
    regarding his pending divorce
    from his actress wife,
    Gena Rowlands.
    but
    John just stared at Art
    for a very long moment,
    seemingly unable to comprehend
    what he had just heard.
    he asked his a.d.
    where he had heard about this?
    Art opened one of the trade papers
    and read the report to him
    word for word.
    John appeared surprised
    and said
    it was the first
    he had heard about it,
    and then excused himself
    to go use a phone.

    a few
    minutes later,
    Cassavetes returned
    while wiping an embarrassing smile
    off his face.
    he told both of them
    rather matter-of-factly
    that his wife,
    Gena,
    found it impossible
    to get in touch with him
    while he'd been working
    for over a week now
    and needed
    to tell him something...

    so,
    she called
    their publicist
    and had him release a report
    of their matrimonial demise
    in both trade papers,
    knowing
    that someone
    would eventually see it
    and run to tell her husband.
    Gena figured that that would work:
    it would get John to call her.

    and it did.

    which
    just goes to show
    the lengths some people
    have to endure and go through
    in this crazy town
    just for

    a damn phone call!


    ~~~~~~~~

    (c)2014 Miles Ciletti
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