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On a roll? Possibly... What I remember from Dom's talk - *G* - "You didn't hear about the polar bear?"
January 23rd, 2005
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On a roll? Possibly... What I remember from Dom's talk - *G*
Might help to look at these photos from Dom's talk while reading this:

Best 10 of Dom: http://share.shutterfly.com/osi.jsp?i=EegN2LRi5atWiY¬ag=1

Full Dom Album: http://share.shutterfly.com/osi.jsp?i=EegN2LRi5atWi6¬ag=1

These are what I remember from scribbles - *L*:

Viggo sent Dom some Twinkies, and then left a message on Dom's answering machine (Dom imitates a very nasal Viggo), in which he says "they'll keep you regular" over and over (*G*).

After all this time, believe it or not, Dom STILL gets called Pippin.

Yes, Billy and Dom had a house together for about 10 days - as even he says, the famous "Lost Week" (read much slashfic, Dom? *G*) - where, because of the weather and circumstances they only worked 3 days. They rented Laurel and Hardy movies [and here I was just thinking how Pippin seems to use a lot of Stan Laurel expressions], Three Stooges... and even... *big grin*... "Flipper" - *LOL*!!!!!!!

His practical jokes seem a bit... basic, so to speak - one of his favorite being leaving chocolate on a victim's car seat so it melts on his pants and looks like, well, you know!

Later quote: "Life has a way of kicking you in the ass - or smearing chocolate on your bum!"

[Start keeping track - this is just one of the many "life Lessons" passed on by our LOTR actors - *G*]

On acting techniques, he likes Stanislavsky - but some actors go to far and carry it off screen (like Dustin Hoffman in Marathon Man, who ran for an hour to look tired; whereupon Sir Lawrence Olivier says to him "Dear, why not just ACT tired?"). He tends to make graphs depicting where his character is at different times. For example, drug-addicted Charlie is a low point for the character... or is it a HIGH point? *G*

If you do comedy, you don't tend to be respected as much - for example, look at Peter Sellers versus Robert DeNiro.

What actor has he learned the most from? Billy - in the way he lives his life - and he really has lived his life. What's the greatest thing about Billy? In a really girly metrosexual way [*ggl*], all he can say is that Billy isn't trying to BE Billy - he just is. And if you get a few drinks in him, he's funny as hell. Funny and adorable.

When asked about his makeup, and the comment made that not many people wear makeup, he replies "Well, the GIRLS do, and they do pretty well!" *L*! When Dom was 12 and starting football, he tried on his mom's heels - to see if he could balance in them. A balance thing, you know? [sure, Dom - *L*!] And his Dad walked in - and the look on his face said "Okaaay... but please don't ever do that again!". And it's a shame that girls can wear whatever they want, but boys cant. You can wear a sarong in Thailand, but no on Hollywood Avenue.. oh, wait... actually, you can. *L*!

Nail polish is called nail varnish in England. And Eddie Izzard is one of the greatest comedians of all time.

When asked about his favorite pubs in Wellington, he mentioned that they were told to go to this one pub that they thought was called "Two Pillows", so they kept asking people where to find "Two Pillows" [eek!] - but it was really Tupelo's - *L*.

About riding in helicopters, which they did through the Remarkables - did he and the other hobbits really tip the pilot so that they would do tricks? No, they did a lot of banking and such just when asked - but what stopped Sean Astin from riding with them is when they asked the pilot to do a loop-de-loop... and to try to pick up a bicycle with one of the bottom rails of the copter. [*G*] And, yes, on a day of bad weather, Sean kept directing the helicopters, until Dom finally told him that they probably had radios and could TALK to each other. [*G*]

Boxers or briefs? "I don't believe in underwear... it crushes your "artistic integrity"." Now Billy wears boxers, and he wears them REALLY HIGH! *mimics pulling them up to under his arms*

How does he manage to make Charlie loveable despite his problems? "What I'm trying to do with Charlie is play a bad good guy. Mentions the scene in the jungle after the "monster attack", where Evangeline turns to Charlie and says she's glad he's here - he smiles and is happy for a moment, and then his "drug face" comes back. He thought a lot about Gollum, and how Andy played him as a complete drug addict, but still gave him redeeming qualities. And one thing about Charlie is that he's more open to offers of help than many of the others are.

More on the jokes... a little girl asks him how he does it, so he gives her some basics [*L*!]:

1. Chocolate chips on car seats
2. Prank phone calls - even now he still makes them to Viggo or Billy

But don't go too far - always has to be something the other person can shrug off.

And [another life lesson coming up, kiddies] NEVER fall asleep in the makeup chair. Keep in mind that if you fall asleep in the makeup chair, you're fair game... and Billy and Elijah did quite a bit of sleeping on the set. [*G*]

What about the writing for LOST; did the writers ever get the Britishisms for Charlie wrong? Well, at one point he was supposed to say "dude", but he doesn't say "dude" - so they gave that to Hurley, and it ended up being his catchphrase. [yay!] Also, there were limits to what they could portray of his drug addiction, considering the time period it runs at - couldn't show how he actually took it - so he portrayed it more with his "twitchiness", and "not really being there", and half-finished sentences.

Did he base Charlie on Richard Ashcroft of The Verve? A bit - he had that "I'm the coolest thing around" vibe.

Has he bought a new car finally? Yes, a Prius - but it just got its first bump! He bumped it into a Mazda; Billy was talking on and on at the time...

Lij interview prank - one of the funniest pranks ever! All the actors were in Berlin except for Elijah, who was in NY for SNL. They would move from room to room, interviewer to interviewer. A bunch of them were done, and heard that Lij was without an interviewer for a while. Billy was going to do it, but they thought Dom could fake the accent better. Everybody was watching on a monitor - *L*! Based it on some of the strange interview questions, like "what is the melody of your character?"; only wrote some of it ahead of time. Elijah tries so hard to be nice and real. Funniest part - at one point you see his publicist approaching him, and Lij waves him off - he figures either this is real and he'll keep going, or he half-gets that it's a joke and doesn't want to look like it's getting him upset. *G*

Yes, he did read LOTR beforehand. His dad was a big fan, and they used to listen to the BBC tapes of The Hobbit during car trips from Germany. He had a poster of Gandalf, Bilbo and Frodo on a wall of his room (and Legolas off in a corner, looking kind of wierd). His dad is a teacher, and gives him books when he thinks he's ready for them. Gave him LOTR at 14, saying that ll the other books were preparation for it, but Dom was too into sports and didn't get to it until he was 15. Really liked it, and, of course, read it again before the filming.

Back to Charlie - the addiction he was going for was like that he'd seen in Requiem for a Dream. His biggest nightmare is that actors who know what it's like will wonder about it, think it's not realistic. But, again, since this is the family hour, you can't be too realistic - and ABC didn't want people seeing "Merry" being a monster. So he just keeps him in that dark space. Hopes the addiction will return in a another form, and something else will become his addiction.

Whew!!!! And I didn't think I took any notes - *L*!!! Let me know if you've seen a better, truer, funnier transcript. Thanks!

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Date:January 23rd, 2005 11:56 pm (UTC)
I'm impressed beyond words that you took pictures AND took notes. Wow. I'm really glad you posted your notes, thanks! It takes me back...*sigh*
He has a tremendous amount of charisma that guy.
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Date:January 24th, 2005 12:51 am (UTC)
You're right... I was incredibly impressed by him. *S*
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Date:January 24th, 2005 12:28 am (UTC)
Oh thank you thank you!! So glad I logged on today!!!
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Date:January 24th, 2005 12:58 am (UTC)
POPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *glompsnogs!* We were just talking about you!!! There was this cute takeoff on Bohemian Rhapsody that somebody did using clips of Merry and Pippin with the Palantir - which lead to me being reminded of Gilly's song in the Hilarious Story - which lead to Gilly going back and posting some of her favorite bits - which lead to me trying to remember whether you wrote the Poppy's Bosom part, or if somebody else did, in homage to you! *takes a deep breath* I'm sure that made perfect sense - right? *L*!!!!
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Date:January 24th, 2005 02:09 am (UTC)
Heee!!!!! Poppy's bosom....yes, I first wrote about Poppy's bosom, then others kindly expanded upon it. Elijah is sleeping a whole lot more, which has given me a bit of time to play in the internet....though I am so behind on chores that I can't do so very long. (((((Ros))))) ((((Ponypals))))
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Date:January 24th, 2005 03:02 am (UTC)
Good seeing you! *G*
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Date:January 24th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
Great report, ros!

Ahaha! And funny icon!(-:
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Date:January 24th, 2005 08:31 pm (UTC)
*L*! Funny icon, yourself! *G*

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