I don’t know what propelled Sienna Miller to “it girl” status in her day. One moment she was not, and the next she was-like fruit flies materialized from unwishing. She’s been in something like twenty films, STARDUST being the most memorable to my mind, but I’ve yet to discover her as an actress the way I have someone like Naomi Watts, whose penetrating icy blue eyes bore into my soul from frame one of Peter Jackson’s KING KONG. The point is that, I, and in an expanded sense we, the world at large, were given no discernible reason to celebrate her above others but celebrate we did. Perhaps for fear of reprisal at the grocery store where the blonde brit ruled from the magazine rack at checkout, casting aspersions on our choice of frozen peas with a sultry but disapproving glance.
I remember seeing her pop up in the documentary, THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE, which followed Anna Wintour as she put together VOGUE’s annual telephone book sized collection of advertisements. Sienna was the cover model and they did a posh photoshoot in Italy that should have been stunning but… it just… wasn’t. Sienna came across as such a likable but plain girl, incapable of wearing high fashion looks with anything approximating authority. She was pretty, to be sure, but not transcendent. Public opinion eventually turned against her and the witch was burned at the stake for crimes against Jude Law and later for homewrecking (after a thousand years still the most burnable offense.) The tabloids loved her and loved to hate her. So you’d imagine she was going the way of Martin Lawrence when she started accusing her family of selling secrets to the tabloids. Afterall, they had intimate knowledge of private conversations and schedules of times when Jude intended to take his children to the park. What else could it be?
It could be that they hacked her fucking phone! They being the scoundrels at News of the World, who have recently come under fire for hacking over 90 phones of politicians, actors and other people in the public spotlight. Sienna is the one credited with bringing the whole terrible affair to light. You go girl.
This side of the former “it girl,” only recently came to my attention when I was reading an interview from Esquire UK with Ms. Miller. She finally won me over with an onslaught of cheeky Sienna pixie charm. Any girl that gets asked how she and her current fiancee met and answers with “Boring!” is my kind of bitch.
They end the interview with a really great quote that I needed to share:
“Say I achieved everything I wanted to achieve in my career,” she said, “which is to be incredibly prolific and brilliant and moving and successful and to make art, and for people to be affected by it. So my daughter would be really proud of me and her daughter would be, like, ‘Granny made these films’. And her daughter would be like, ‘Oh, my great grandmother made these films I think’. And then her daughter would be, ‘I think three generations ago there was this woman and she was an actress’. And to her daughter I would be nothing.
“I don’t even know my great grandmother’s name,” she said, “let alone my great-great grandmother. I don’t know who she was. I don’t know what she did. And ultimately none of it fucking matters. And when you’re in some massive crisis and you look at yourself in a close-up and then if you visualise pulling back and seeing England and then pulling back and seeing the world, you realise how fucking insignificant you are. I think that’s really the greatest thing I’ve learned recently: that I don’t matter.
That got me thinking about my own situation. Sure, I matter. I matter to the present. To this moment. I matter in so far as I want to be happy and spread love to my family and friends and make things that make people happy for as long as I can. But outside of that? Time will erode me until all I’ve left behind is what I payed forward and how I shaped my little corner of the world. She’s absolutely right. That’s a liberating and intoxicating thought.
I can’t wait to see what this girl does next, although the jury is still out on her acting.
Time seems to pass differently for those on the inside of a project and those on the outside. For me, Ronson and F were my afterhours life for two years and I’ve felt they were mostly finished for at least one more year but for anyone I told about the project it probably seems like a lifetime ago. So I have good news, everybody…
The Courtship of Ronson Crumb starring yours booly will finally be premiering on October 7th at the world famous Tribecca Cinemas. We will also be showing the full 22 minute long F is for Film pilot either before or after the film. Unfortunately the event is by invitation only. If you’re my crazy stalker fan, the best way to get an invite is to comment on every single post here at utau-inu.com to, you know, get my attention. Anyway, I’m excited.
I adore this movie but I adore the way it was made even more. They recorded the goddamn voices for the goddamn characters while doing a dress rehearsal on partially built sets!? Are you freakin’ kidding me? That is the best idea for dialogue recording I’ve ever heard. The results are absolutely spectacular. I would seriously watch an entire film of the actors doing their thing live action style, but the animators were so good they’ve made that mostly redundant.
Johnny says of the process, “It’s like being on Hee Haw or The Carol Burnett Show.” Best idea ever. Gore Verbinski has yet again proven why he’s sorely missed on the Pirates series and also why he should never go back.
It has been far too long, my lovely internet hounds.
I have been a very busy boo-bear. First of all, I have my own “TV Show.” I use quotations because it’s really more of a filler segment that airs all across the state of New Jersey between other shows no one watches on a channel that most people surf through without a second thought. Also, I can’t tell you when it will definitively be on the air because it’s random. It’s not all doom and gloom though, because thanks to the magic of the internet, I’m able to share my show with you on the down low. So go and watch interviews: with people but don’t run off to facebook or tweet these awesome contents because it’s our little secret. This really is the most deranged thing I’ve been a part of yet (this runs a close second) and I am immensely proud of it.
You’ll notice that the video player has been upgraded. Yeah. It rocks. Sakura (aka Leisl Schrader) owned the redesign. About the only thing this new and improved shit doesn’t do is the dishes. The rest of the site got an overhaul too although the design remains the same. Mostly, it’s just become very easy for me to do my own updates for the video and audio content so that’s what I intend on doing.
I always said I wanted this site to be more about content delivery than commentary. It’s basically my refrigerator door and it is your job to tell me how much you love my picture of a fire engine. I will, of course, return the favor where possible.
The other news I have has nothing to do with projects or work and everything to do with NEW LIFE SPAWNING FROM MY WIFE’S WOMB. Yes, a little boo is on the way. My spawn grows strong. We’re expecting in early June. Life is amazing. It has fingers!!
Lots of fun stuff on the way. I hope you’ll come back now that I’m ready to share my toys again.
Forgive the visual pun but I simply have to say it. There’s no way to act in a film without getting your hands dirty (or bloody as the case may be.) I recently acted the lead in my friend’s short horror/romantic comedy genre-straddler The Courtship of Ronson Crumb and it ruined me emotionally and physically for hours at a time.
Guys, let me start off by saying that I do not claim to be an actor. I have never studied acting. I’m not even sure I know what “acting” is. For a long time I believed what an actor friend of mine told me: Acting is lying. To be a good actor you have to be a good liar. Well, it didn’t take long into the shoot for me to realize that this, like the Abominable Snowman before it, was horse feathers.
From my limited experience playing a delusional psychopath I have come to the conclusion that acting is not lying. Acting is far more similar to telling the truth.
The F is for Film website will go live on October 16th if all goes according to plan. I have not figured out which episodes will be completed and ready to go by that time but I would not launch without killer new content. Rest assured this is a NEW SHOW in almost every respect.
After that I’ll begin filming on Ronson. Can’t wait to shoot at the shore in short sleeves in 50 below weather.