Sunday, March 23, 2008

John Michael Bolger I presume?

Good Morning and Happy Easter.

As a Public Service and at the suggestion of our two cats REMEMBER - Easter Lilies are VERY deadly to cats, be careful.
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As many of you know PE is in Crown Point and Kristen sent some photos of construction of the set and other things. I'm intrigued by the B&W photo - not sure what it is. Could it be where The Adam's Family Lived?

The first photo looks like the bank JD robbed . . hey wait . . . am I the LAST person to noticed John Dillinger AND Johnny Depp have the same initials. Oh man, I am so slow!

I'm sure I had some other emails with Crown Point photos but I'm in the middle of getting organized. I never realized how important SUBJECT was in email before (or just having SOME semblance of order ANYWHERE in my life).

So on a personal level I am spending time today working on PEC (PublicEnemiesColombus) logistics. Creating new faster (non-yahoo) email accounts, folders for The Book and just getting stuff cleared out of my inbox.

I'm also making sure and am VERY aware of having a few too many candles burning at once as more opportunities have presented itself. HOWEVER - you guys are always #1 on the list.

The Book - I will have a few simple web pages up in the next day pr so with thoughts and instructions for contributing. I have yet to tackle legal issues and am procrastinating very nicely on contacting a contact person. However as one email person told me "I'm a man of action" (now THAT is funny) and I don't want this to collect dust.

The Movie - I have contacted Madison EastGate about renting a theater. We have a year yet but might as well get THOSE chicken in order.

If this happens it WOULD be a media event. Having Columbus people (and others) attend the movie on opening night would have to make the news (I'll get my moles in Ch 3 on it). Just thinking out loud here, throwing the spaghetti against the wall so to speak. What if we charged $20 with all proceeds going to the Columbus Historical thingy. That would be about $10 a head.

Also - AT THE SAME TIME - we could have the coming out of The Book. Again - just thinking out loud.

We could even rent the theater for more then one showing - they just want to make sure they do not LOSE money. We would probably have to sell tickets ahead of time or something.
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This was sent by Todd Frey, owner of Colonial Carriage Works - if you are in Columbus make sure you go there - awesome carriages!!

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Funny story

This is a story from Jenny - The Columbus Paparazzo

I along with about 500 other people were across the street from basecamp Thursday afternoon around 2:30pm, waiting to see Johnny Depp come out of his trailer and go to his next filming location (the Poser Mansion).

While we were waiting, a guy in a 1930's style suit came over and started chatting with the crowd. People asked him who he was. He said "I am John Michael Bolger (** see below)". He was super friendly, he signed autographs, posed for pictures with people, and made small talk. He said that it was his first time in Wisconsin and thought it was lovely. He was quite a character and a very funny guy. He wouldn't reveal who he played in the movie. But when I looked him up online later in the day, one of his profiles stated that he often plays characters in law enforcement/FBI types. I am thinking he might be playing Hoover, but it is only a guess. He looked like he would be able to pull it off.

When he came over to me to give me his autograph he asked my name and said I was adorable. Then he wrote on my notecard "To Jenny, Your adorable" then signed his name. He continued to walk around and talk to people. About 5 minutes later I was taking a picture of him and he saw me and waved. He said "Is that Jenny again?" I have a picture of him waving at me.

Then he and actor Michael Bentt (** see below) were messing around. Michael Bentt was teasing him for "working the crowd". Michael Bentt started taking pictures of John Michael Bolger from across the street and laughing. They were funny. Then John Michael Bolger spotted me again and waved "Hi Jenny". I think he just remembered me because of my voice, since it is rather unique (Jenny has a soprano style voice - and is a very good singer).

In this photo Michael Bentt is SO jealous that he is trying to absorb John Michael Bolger.

So later that night around 8:30pm after Johnny Depp had left and everyone was packing up; Josh and I were looking out the window trying to see if there were any actors left wandering around that we could meet or get autographs from. We spotted a guy in a long coat. When I looked through the binoculars (sorry - I HAVE to laugh at that, I see trailers will be parked differently NEXT time) I realized it was John Michael Bolger.

Josh had been at work all day so he never got to meet him. I immediately told Josh that he needed to go out there and meet him since it was soooo nice and funny. So Josh went outside and walked over to him and said:

Josh: "Mr Bolger?"
JMB: "Yes?"
Josh: "Can I have your autograph?"
JMB: "Sure what's your name?"
Josh: "Josh"
JMB: "How did you know my name?"
Josh : "My wife Jenny told me"
JMB: "Jenny? She's a doll, she's a doll! You have a wonderful wife! Now don't get mad at me for saying that. You look like a pretty big buy, you look like you could hurt me haha!"

Then I waved at JMB from the window and he waved at me "Hi, Jenny"

He signed Josh's autograph "To Josh, You have a wonderful wife, -JMB"

Although I haven't met many famous people in my life so far, I can truly say that John Michael Bolger is one of the nicest, most charismatic actors I have ever met. I can understand the actors reluctance to come speak to the crowd. Especially famous ones like Johnny Depp. But most of the actors on set that day were not "super famous", yet he was the only one who made the effort to really come speak to all the fans who had been waiting for hours to catch a glimpse of Hollywood.

I wish there were more people like John Michael Bolger in the world.
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**John Michael Bolger - John Bolger has acted in Carlito's Way and Twins. In both those movies he played a police officer, which is his keynote character. He also played a police officer in a season-long stint on Law and Order.

A cool side note is that he lives in Hells Kitchen in Manhattan's Westside - Its cool because I can say Hell on Easter and get away with it.

** Michael Bentt - Michael Bentt is a retired heavyweight boxer turned actor. In October 1993 Bentt had a shocking and decisive ninety seven second first round knockout of Tommy 'The Duke' Morrison to capture the WBO World Heavyweight Championship.

Turning to acting, he was the second actor cast after Will Smith in Michael Mann's 'ALI'. Michael landed the coveted role of Charles 'Sonny' Liston. He also served as both Will Smith's chief sparring partner and assistant trainer during the six months of boxing training prior to the principal photography of 'ALI'.
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On a side note - my mom (79) has resisted getting internet service for many years. She did not want to be woken up in the middle of the night with YOU'VE GOT MAIL.

I always told her this is not really how it went.

This morning DJ and I were just opening our eyes and all of a sudden YOUR VIRUS DATABASE HAS BEEN UPDATED, Yells at use from across the house.

DJ says "If I would have been home along that would have scared the crap out of me".

I guess I had the speakers up a little last night.

(for GREEN people - I leave the computer 24/7 as it updates the Columbus weather site every 10 minutes) .

I'm mentioned in a Jesse Russell article.

Public Enemies: Catching Up with Johnny Depp and David Wenham Checks In

OK - off I go with family stuff.

Cheers
Rod