Wow, such an alien feeling all of a sudden.
We had pretty much the final audition on Sunday. I had one guy coming in that I was calling my Great Black Hope. A guy I'd seen in a local flick who was decent. Just not sure whether he could fit the part.
He came in and was good. We chatted afterward, and it turns out he's ex-military. Exactly what I was looking for. He's not as built as the character I wrote, but close enough to forgive.
We probably lost the other great actor I was telling you about. Somehow he got it into his head that the movie was a union shoot, and he's in that horrible guild you've heard about that rhymes with BAG. He's cool with everything I could pay him, he just doesn't want to go behind the guild's back. He has something called principles. I'm not familiar with the term.
So we'll go with my second choice if our last-ditch effort fails.
I am SO prepared for this flick it's insane. I've gone over the breakdowns 100 times, making plans behind plans behind backup plans. The only real snafu will be if we get arrested or killed, both distinct possibilities.
Frankly, I would rather be killed than arrested at this point, because if I get killed at least I won't feel bad about not being able to finish the movie.
Still a lot of details to iron out. Locations to be found. Props to be gotten/constructed. An FX guy to come work for pretty cheap.
But I've got some hope now. A little.
I imagine this is what it looked like...
September 22, 2008: Accident
Been working on the shot list some more.
Get a phone call from my lead actor. He was walking out of a gas station over the weekend, and some guy fell asleep at the wheel and hit him with his car. Yeah, you read that correctly.
My guy's an actual stuntman too, so he tried to do the stunt hit, but he said he saw the car too late, and really got plowed. They wanted to take him to the hospital, but he said he was fine.
The next morning he woke up and was swollen all over like he was pregnant, so they went to the hospital to find out he was having internal bleeding. They performed surgery. He's in the hospital right now.
Did I mention we're shooting in 3 weeks? And his part is pretty physically-intensive.
I just can't decide whether to shoot myself in the head, or take my frustration out on the general public...