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A Moment With Michael Douglas. . .

So unapproachable on the last day of shooting Fatal Attraction, do you remember that movie?,but you know me by now, they say don’t talk to the stars and I do anyway.Half day job in a bowling alley. In the movie it’s a split screen with Glen Close crying as she listens to the opera and he’s blowing with his wife and friends. . .and me. Mr. Douglas is a super bowler, the pins flew. During the break I walked over and told him I loved one of his movies Running. Not a big hit but an emotional film. He thanked me with a big hug, shook his head and commented that he never understood why it wasn’t a hit. We spoke briefly about the business.

The exceptional actor, son of Kirk Douglas, appeared to be so vulnerable for just a moment,guard down. A bit of kindness from a stranger brought that out.

“Places” called the director, the bowling and happy atmosphere came to life. And then work came to an end, a terrific movie ready to be tweaked and sent to theaters all over. Since it was the last day of shooting, a cake was wheeled out on a huge tray. Tension ebbed, laughter took over.

End of story so that’s all, folks. One thing to keep in mind, kindness to strangers opens up friendship and your heart. Be well. Life’s short. Enjoy every moment.


A Moment With Michael Douglas. . .

1987:  “A bowling scene,” the casting director said. Of course I was available. “Half day work, full day’s pay.” Sounded good to me. What to wear, I wondered. I called a friend. She suggested jeans, a plaid shirt and stuff like that there. Good to go for an early call.

Little did I know the movie was Fatal Attraction and I’d have a chat with Michael Douglas during a break. I’ve already confided to you that the ‘Don’t talk to the Stars” rule doesn’t apply to me and why, you might ask?  Because  I’m respectful and fast and always have something to say. And they are always pleased. So I parked at a bowling alley on Riverside Drive heading toward NYC and walked in. Approval from wardrobe came next and there were a few actors I knew from other shoots. And there he was. Handsome lean, smiling, a husky guy obviously  his best friend at his side. He tried out a bowling bowl and with style and grace, brought all the pins down. Applause, applause.

During a break, I walked over to the man. “I loved your movie, Running. He turned to me with wide smile. “Thanks. The reviews weren’t good and I worked so hard.” He hugged me and said “Thanks. You’ve made my day.”

Part of the sweet time I’ll never forget.                         Michael Douglas VF 2012 Shankbone.JPG

Still of Michael Douglas and Stuart Pankin in Fatal Attraction (1987)Michael Douglas with his best pal