MATT DILLON and his film juggernaut checked out of town on Tuesday, headed for
five days of shooting in Bangkok. There is no word yet on when the release will be
but insiders say that it won't get hooked in with the regular bundle of hopeful blockbusters
that get premiered in summer or before Christmas. The curious will have to sit back
and wait until a date is set.
The buzz from the set is that a number of in-country recruits delivered brilliant
performances. Sophal, owner of Happy Herb Pizza, is being talked up for a Best Supporting
Actor nomination after his scintillating transvestite rendition in a karaoke parlour
in Kampot. Aussie Snow hit the nail on the head during his spot as a burned out expat
in the Laughing Lotus massage parlor. And veteran 73-year-old actor Lotto needed
little coaching for his role as the bar owner in Kep.
One scene in Bokor had crew members a bit spooked. A wire and plastic "cooked
human body" was flown in from Hollywood that looked so real there were a flurry
of rumors that some poor soul's spirit might be offended and hungry for a bit of
payback. The special effects lads had to spend some time pointing out the non-human
nature of the concoction before nerves were eased.
And is film making hard work? Just ask Andy Pendleton. He sweated off 40 pounds in
the last four months.
- The word from Pailin is that In Sopheap is quite busy producing a biography of
Khieu Samphan. An initial version in French will be published in Thailand with efforts
under way to find someone to do the English translation.
- There are a few nervous bureaucrats over at UNHCR. With the 24 Montagnards now
headed for the US, fears of a "pull factor" are circulating and people
are scratching their heads over what they will do if another 2,000 refugees show
up on the border next week.
- This seems to be the season of street banners. From the Hun Sen Golf Tournament
to the Assembly of Franco-phone Parliamentarians, Norodom Boulevard is chock-a-block
with all kinds of announcements. Inquiring minds want to know what happened at the
event called "Long Live the 51st Anniversary of World Meteorological Day".