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Posts Tagged ‘Bullets Over Broadway’

Zach Braff Revisits Tasty Actor-Waiter Juxtaposition

BrokenHeartsClubPosterPicture this. A young, aspiring actor has a film at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, but is still at a career-stage where he must continue to wait tables. Post-Park City, The Broken Hearts Club  is released theatrically via Fox Searchlight and people start recognizing said waiter from the film.

This delightful memory was shared recently by Zach Braff at a Waldorf Astoria junket with Hollywood Foreign Press Association member Ruben Nepales. From the journalist’s Filipino newspaper column:

“I was waiting tables at a French-Vietnamese restaurant on Beverly and Robertson. People would come from the movie to the restaurant and I would be waiting on them.”

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The ‘Unnerving’ Experience of Auditioning for Woody Allen

New York Post theater critic Michael Riedel has a fun item about the leading-lady audition procession for Bullets Over Broadway. The 1994 film version allowed Dianne Wiest to beat out co-star Jennifer Tilly and three others for that year’s Best Supporting Actress Oscar, and now, every conceivable name is trying out for the stage version of Helen Sinclair.

Zach Braff and Vincent Pastore are already lined up for the Broadway musical, scheduled to start previewing next March. But no decision has yet been made in connection with the plum part of Sinclair:

Auditioning for Allen is, I’m told, unnerving. For one thing, he seldom makes eye contact with the performer.

“He looks down at the floor,” a source says. “[Director] Susan [Stroman] is warm and gracious. He says nothing. Not even ‘Thank you.’ ” [Patti] LuPone came in with diva guns blazing, wowing everybody with her pipes and wit. When she left, Woody mumbled: “I don’t see her in the part.” Next!

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