Sunday, February 25, 2007
Marty, Marty, and Lenny D
Well, it's Oscar Night, and in just a few hours we'll get the answer to the question that has been on everyone's mind all week- will all the actors and actresses shave their heads in solidarity with Britney Spears?
OK, maybe not.
We're rooting for The Departed to win awards, not only because it's a good movie, but because my wife actually saw some of it shot. A few years ago, when they were doing the Boston filming, they used the alley in back of the building her photo studio was in for several scenes, including the one where Martin Sheen gets shot and falls off the roof of the warehouse.
These scenes were shot in Boston's Fort Point Channel district, an area of 19th century brick warehouses which used to be Boston's "Photo District". Today it's all going upscale-condo, and my wife and all the other photo people and artists have been kicked out.
Anyway, one day I got a call from her- "You'd never guess who's having coffee in the alley below my studio," she said. I told her she was probably correct, the only people I'd ever seen there looked like they didn't "do" coffee... "Martin Scorsese, Martin Sheen, and Leonardo DiCaprio," she told me.
So the crew shot there all week, with all the photo people watching from their windows, and me getting minute-by-minute updates on the phone.
The scene that impressed my wife most was the one where Martin Sheen, having been shot and fallen off the roof, lies dead in the alley and Leonard DiCaprio runs around the corner and comes to a stop over him. Apparently Martin Sheen spent an entire day lying on his back in that damn alley (in a puddle) as they did take after take. And let me tell you- I've been in that alley many times, and I don't care how many cleaning crews have been through- I wouldn't lie down in it.
On one take Leonardo came racing around the corner, missed his mark just a bit, and stood on Martin Sheen's hand. Sheen didn't even wince, he just lay there until the take was over, and then they got him up and took him over to the medical person who worked on his hand for a while.
The whole week was like that- I'd get phone calls from Amy with updates- "Martin Sheen's got the dreamiest blue eyes", and "Lenny DiCaprio is leaning over and I can see his ass crack". Then a few gunshots would go off in the background.
So we'll be tuning in tonight to cheer the cast and crew on. Go, Departed, Go!