I recently came across an article stating that a film is in the works based on Judy Belushi’s biography of her late husband, singer/actor/comedian, John Belushi. It stated that Ellen Page might play her and Emil Hirsh would play John. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look likely to happen but it did remind me of the time I interviewed Judy Belushi.
Before I was able to finally get a publisher for Lee Marvin Point Blank, I lucked into some great freelance work for Filmfax Magazine. Interviewing the former Judtih Jacklin in 2006 was a dream come true for this die-hard fan of her late husband. Shy at first, she could tell I had done my homework on her late husband’s career and quickly opened up to me with great tales not even mentioned in her book. The one about Lauren Bacall is but one great example. So, without further ado, here’s that interview from almost 10 years ago (yipes!)….
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This Lana Wood interview was yet another Filmfax subject I personally pursued while I was also researching Lee Marvin: Point Blank. I had met her at a Hollywood Collector’s Show years earlier and asked her about the possibilty of an interview. She eventually agreed (as did the magazine, thankfully) when the TV-movie she co-produced about her her famous older sister, Natalie had aired.
The only thing I could possibly add to what’s written below is that is indeed all true, even the part about her waiting for the birth of her grandson. What wasn’t written, which I can now add here, is the fact that I was also rather impatient, due to the fact that my father was awaiting surgery. Naturally, such a fact has no place in the actual article but this being my blog, I can state it here and now. For the record, after the interview, I rushed to the hospital to be with my family only to find out the surgery had been cancelled and rescheduled. By the way, it never did take place. Geez!
Okay, enough about that. Read my conversation with the Lovely Lana below and enjoy!
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Bobby Darin: A singer’s singer without a doubt but his film career is often neglected for praise. In Part 2 of my 2003 Filmfax article I attempted to recitfy the situation. Being a fan since childhood, it was a fun subject for me to write about.
So much so, that shortly after the article came out, I lucked into free passes to a sneak peek of Kevin Spacey’s biopic, Beyond the Sea, in which Spacey was in attendance for a brief Q&A. Also in attendance was Bobby Darin’s manager, Steve Blauner (John Goodman in the film). I approached Blauner and personally thanked him for Bobby Darin’s career. He gave me a stern look and said, “I’m not responsible for Boby Darin’s career. Bobby Darin’s talent was.”
When it came time for the Q&A, Spacey was friendly and affable to all in attendance. He regaled the audience with how came to love Bobby Darin longer after he had passed on via his aunt’s record collection. I spoke with him briefly and told him I became a fan in a similar vein, ever since my childhood friend Ty Elliott and I raided his mother’s record collection and discovered Darin’s music in the very early 70s. I mentioned that Darin was still very much alive at the time and his variety show was a wonderful venue for his talent. Being the actor that he is, Spacey looked at me in mock anger and said, “You son-of-a-bitch!” The audience roared and I joined them. I had no problem being the brunt of his joke for the sake of Bobby Darin!
Speaking of which, below is Part 2 of my article but Lee Marvin fans fear not. More material supplementing Lee Marvin: Point Blank will return shortly. Thank you for your indulgence thus far. Enjoy!