On our way back, Rob wanted to take us to Daran Norris's house since it was close by, but he couldn't remember his number to check if he was home. So he had me call the office to get the number, and then I punched the number into my phone. Nobody answered. But I did have Daran Norris's number in my cell phone for a short amount of time! I can't remember whether I deleted it myself or let it slide away. I figured he wouldn't appreciate a random phone call from me all, "Hey! Can you just...um, say stuff? Ooh, record a voicemail message for me." Anyway, we stopped by his house, and there were people working outside like he was remodeling or something. It was a bust, but man would it have been awesome to meet him. It certainly would have made a much better story than what I just told you.
Jason: Yeah, I love that, because you saw it, when the adults are there, you saw more of the kids, you know, like more of the backstory of the kids and stuff like that and what they're dealing with and...With that one word "Exactly," Jason made me feel as if I had just said the most insightful thing that had ever been said to him. It made my epiphany all the more epiphanous.
Spacecitymarc: You have to sort of imagine like they're on their little island.
Polter-Cow: You remember that they're really just kids.
Spadada: Yeah, yeah, exactly.
Jason: Exactly, dude! That's right.
We were told by one crew member that Jason walks on water and by another that he is the most perfect human being who ever lived.
I got to tell John Kretchmer that people liked his podcast and that I had transcribed it. He said he could have provided us with the copy he'd read off of. Which I found to be amusing.
The final scene of "I Know What You'll Do This Summer" is one we watched being shot for a long time through many takes, and after one particular take where Chris-as-Piz looked very sad and heartbroken, I gave him props when he came back into Keith's bedroom,. And his immediate response was, "Yeah, talk me up, talk me up!" And then he said something about blogs or the blogosphere. It was amusing. Egotistical blowhard. (Kidding!)
One last comment about Chris Lowell. I was sitting down eating lunch when he arrived to the craft services area. As he walked by, he saw me and gave me a fist-raise. I, confused, returned the fist-raise. Marc said, "That was the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen."
Anyway, it's been many months since then, and I am very, very annoyed that I cannot remember why exactly I brought up the notion of killing someone with a sharpened cucumber. I just know I said it. It sounds like something I'd say, right? It's not really important why I said it, just that I said it. It will become important later. Just wait.
Later, I made a stupid faux pas by attempting to make a joke about the fact that Kristen gets her own makeup girl. I...think I didn't offend her. Hopefully.
That picture up there also shows Kristen's location as we discussed Christopher Pike. She said she had all the books at home; I asked her what her favorite was. She couldn't remember the title, but there was this series about...the prom. Final Friends, I said. I started rattling off titles, and she remembered reading some of them. She joked that someone was always falling off a cliff in those books.
Later, in betwen scenes, after she's done fighting with Chris Lowell, I of course have to ask her about the mix CD I gave her. She says she has a whole box of CDs. I try to describe it to her as an alternate VM soundtrack, and a cover image comes to mind, but it's not mine. "I'm sure it was awesome," she says. I add that I also gave her one to give to Enrico, and suddenly she explodes, "Yeah yeah yeah yeah!!" It's totally adorable; she's so excited for remembering. She says she gave it to him.
Then she asks how long we were going to be staying, and I tell her we're only down there for a couple of days. She explains that the box of CDs is at her house in L.A., and she goes home on the weekends. It takes me a few seconds to put together that what she meant was that, if we were going to be there on Monday, she would make a special effort to listen to my CD for me. Sadly, we weren't, and now I'll never know, but I still thought it was awesome of her to even consider it. Like, she seemed really concerned. It was nice. Plus, I liked that it implied we weren't a huge bother, if she would not have minded us being back the next week.
In between takes of the final scene, she mentions a project she's working on with Guillermo del Toro. Yes, somehow Kristen got an in with Guillermo del Toro. She and Ryan Hansen and her boyfriend, Kevin Mann, were supposed to be shooting a short, basically in their backyard, to show to studios. It was produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by, if I heard correctly, the guy who did the special effects for Pulse. The film was called Mnemevore, and I'm pretty certain it's a film adaptation of this comic. It sounded really cool, but I have no idea of the status of the production or her or Ryan's involvement with it. Anyone with IMDb Pro want to report back with intel?
I also mention that I'm training for a marathon, and she talks about some article she'd read by this guy who said shoes that supported your feet were actually bad since you don't strengthen your feet at all. She said they were coming out with shoes that have almost no support at all, that are almost like running barefoot. I exclaim that I've actually seen those new Nike shoes. (The star of my favorite TV show and me, just having a regular conversation about regular stuff!)
Because I am apparently obsessed, I ask him about his CD. He's clueless. I said that Kristen said she'd given it to him. He says, "That lying, syphilitic...." Then he admits that for all he knew, she did give it to him: "Don't remember, bro." It was the worst four months of his life when he was sick; he was so out of it. He'd really wanted to go to Austin.
There is a moment at the Studio Diner when I notice that "Baby Got Back" has begun playing. I smile. Francis sees my smile and returns it knowingly. We shared a moment, me and Francis.
"That sharpened cucumber, right?" says Kristen.
SHE REMEMBERED MY JOKE OMG.
And that's pretty much the point of that story.
In conclusion, I should marry Kristen Bell.