Words, Words, Words

August 11, 1999

I received a notice today from the Office of Motion Picture and TV Development. On August 24th Sony Pictures will be shooting scenes from "The Hollow Man" on the street in front of my building. According to the notice, "the scenes being filmed during this period do not include gunshots, chases, or special effects", which is a shame. I really wanted to see them film the special effects. The lack of one-block car chases is also a big disappointment. Maybe they could have done it like in the old Batman cartoon, where the Batmobile went past the same three or four buildings over and over.

This movie is directed by Paul Verhoeven, who was responsible for Starship Troopers and Showgirls, so you know it's got to be good (meaning "bad"), or to use the latest hip slang, "bad" (meaning "bad"). According to the Internet Movie Database page for this film, it's about a serum that makes people invisible, except that if you go to the Plot Summary pages, it's about a serum that makes people invincible. Either the IMDb made a mistake or Verhoeven doesn't know the difference.

Incidentally, the DC government will be putting up signs to make sure that the filmmakers have ample parking on Massachusetts Avenue during rush hour. Yes, that's right; it's science fiction.

My apartment window is on the side of the building, so I will not make a cameo appearance as "man walking around living room in his underwear". That leaves me with a more distant connection: "Steven desJardins lives in Boston House, which appeared in the movie The Hollow Man, starring Kevin Bacon." Still beats most of you slackers.

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