People are strange

I cried today.
A lot.
The interesting thing for me was that it was very, very easy to call forth the emotions necessary to bring this scene to life…but it was equally hard to let them go, again.
When we finished this scene, I wanted to go into my dressing room, and just sob until I got it all out of me…but there wasn’t time, and I have this little knot in my chest, just below where my sternum ends.
In a very bizarre twist of “six degrees of Anne Wheaton,” a real-life doctor, who treated her for some stomach trouble earlier this year, was playing a doctor in the movie today.
Also strange.
Tomorrow is my last day with Isaac Hayes. I’m debating whether or not I should take my “Shaft” soundtrack and my 18″ Chef plush toy and get an autograph.
Not sure if I will though…it could end up being strange.

68 thoughts on “People are strange”

  1. Heck yeah-take the stuff and get it signed-and take something signed of yours to give to him-seems like an appropriate gesture between professionals to me.

  2. Bring them! And bring something Trek-ish for you to sign for him. I think he’d like that. He’s probably going to read WWDN soon anyway. :)
    He might even do a bit of sound for Arena. (That bit where you and Travis “did Shaft” [“I’m just talkin’ about Malinko.”] might be reprised with “The Real Man” doing the music.) — Too many parentheses, it feels like Slashdot. :)

  3. Ah, c’mon Wil, just do it. ^^ If it’s something that you want, don’t worry about strangeness, just do it and enjoy the moment.

  4. Oh, go on… be a fanboy.
    I’ve always wondered… how does an actor call up all those emotions? I think that would be really hard for me. (or I could just go off my meds for a week and then I’d cry at the drop of a hat!)
    Anyhoo, how’s the back?

  5. Getting an auograph of Chef has got to be worth a little strangeness.
    Besides you will treasure it forever, will you not???
    Go.. be a fanboy …

  6. You could weasel out of admitting it was for you, by saying you want it for the kids… cause, ya know… kids love Chef.
    But I don’t think that would be as believeable with the Shaft 8-track…

  7. Go on and do it-I think “Chef” will love it!
    By the way, I know you have heard every remedy in the book-but try some Mineral Ice on your back-
    better than aspirin/tylenol and it lasts longer!

  8. Wil,
    You should TOTALLY bring the stuff for Isaac Hayes to sign. Heck, it probably won’t be weird – after all you are both famous people!
    Hey, if you want to make it weird, you could bring something that represents you, sign it and give it to Isaac!

  9. My husband and I are disagreeing on this one LOL. My first instinct was no, that’s tacky. Rick said, “No, it’s ok they are both actors.”
    Would you want him to ask you for your autograph? Do you like it when fans ask for yours? I suppose it is different, you are both at work.

  10. I would have to say go for it! What’s the very worst that could happen? Him refusing to sign the stuff? Seriously, he’s too cool to say no to ww… What would be screwed up, is if you took one of your action figures and asked him to sign it…now that would be strange… :) well, good luck…live the dream!

  11. Wil,
    Totally bring the stuff. The soundtrack is a must, the doll is optional.
    Do it Wil, you know you want to …

  12. I agree with the others. You should take them with you. He COULD be flattered that ‘that kid that always made the adults look stupid’ (OK, I’m paraphrasing) wants his autograph. :)

  13. Go on Wil… do it!
    You know you want to.
    Anyway, what’s the worst thing that could happen? Chances are, he’d be touched, and say “Sure!”

  14. Do it do it do it do it do it do it.
    If not, you’ll be kicking yourself.
    And we all have to have a *little* fanboy/girl out.

  15. Wil,
    Do it. I regret to this day not having Terry Gilliam autograph my coconut horse that I made when I was cast in “12 Monkeys”. Have him sign them and take LOTS of pictures.
    Take care,

  16. You shouls be the fanboy that you are!!!
    You’ll regret it if you don’t
    NO REGRETS, WIL!!!!!!!!!

  17. You should be the fanboy that you are!!!
    You’ll regret it if you don’t
    NO REGRETS, WIL!!!!!!!!!
    Damn Typo’s are following me around.

    You’ll hate yourself later if you don’t.
    Sorry about the crying fits. Hope it’s all better now.

  19. Ah, the dangers of even remotely using the Method. It can make for some incredibly compelling performances, but the lingering effects can be a bit difficult to purge.
    I’m learning more about my own craft from reading about yours.

  20. I hope you decided to bring the stuff in. He’ll get a kick out of signing them.
    And you think you cried a lot yesterday, can’t wait to hear how much you’re crying today.

  21. Take the stuff with you….Place them in your trailor…then ask Isaac if it would be alright to get his autograph. If you ask in a polite and calm way I can’t see it being a problem. Then you go to your trailor and get your stuff to be autographed. This is Isaac Hayes….he is a cool person. Go for it.

  22. Don’t you remember the nice things he said about you when you first met? How honored he was that you played his music at your wedding?
    Get the autograph! Have no regrets!
    (But don’t take something of yours to give to him … that’s tacky. Bring something and keep it in your trailor in case he asks for something and doesn’t have anything, but don’t offer anything if he doesn’t ask).

  23. Wil, do it. You know given half a chance we all would. Why should you be any different? besides he already knows you admire him so what could it hurt???? do it, go for it, have fun with it!! After all this IS chef we are talking about!!!!

  24. Hey Wil-
    Just wanted to say that I’m glad you’re having a good (if tiring) time making this flick. Nice to see one of the good guys get a break once in a while. Hope more good shit comes your way.

  25. Do it, Wil! Bring the plush toy! I’m sure he’d be happy to autograph it. I have a gigantic Kenny plush toy (close to life size, if there is such a thing for a cartoon) and I’d love to get it signed someday! Knock yerself out, buddy! We all wish we were in your shoes!
    A longtime fan,

  26. If you have to work up any more tears for your scenes today, just think of four more years of Gray Davis. That should do the trick. *grumble, grumble*

  27. Many years ago when I was learning acting, it occurred to me that one reason actors are often so wacky is that they put themselves through so many gut-wrenching emotional experiences, to an extent well beyond what most people go through in ordinary life. Or, maybe acting just attracts wackier people than other walks of life.
    Gotta take care of that knot, dude.

  28. Rent a Marx Brothers movie or something incredibly stupid and funny and laugh your ass off over it; that’ll loosen up that knot in your chest like magic, guaranteed.

  29. Did you cry because the Republicans wiped up in the elections? Sorry Democrat dudes! It’s adult swim now; all kiddies out of the pool. Oh and Saddam, watch your back.

  30. Wow, talk about bringing back memories of the class in university where I had to present a monologue and call up some vivid memories – wow – like a ton of bricks. The remainder of the class was cancelled. So I hear ya Wil – and I like the movie suggestion – pull some other emotions out.

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