I’ve always been a fan of superhero movies. The dichotomy between the hero and his alter-ego lends itself to fascinating character study, commentary on our own humanity, and even brilliant comedy! How awesome would it be to play Mary Jane Watson, or Gwen Stacy?! Or better yet, how about Spiderwoman! A young looking of course, middle aged superwoman:) who is bitten by a spider at “mommy and me!” She can multi task now like never before! Woo hoo! Ooh Maybe I’ll write that!
Spiderman has always been a favorite of mine mainly because the differences between the nerdy Peter Parker and the powerful Arachnid hero with “spidey sense” produced some of the most interesting, funny cinematic moments to date!
Yesterday, my appreciation for Spiderman increased tenfold due to a spontaneous meeting over lunch with the Spiderman trilogy’s director, Sam Raimi!
Since moving to L.A. on my quest to contribute to the industry and tell funny, uplifting stories, I’ve been doing what the kind people in entertainment call “background” work, otherwise known as being an “extra” in T.V. and film. In six months time, on countless projects from big budget to small, no director has ever carried his lunch tray over to a table of “background talent” and humbly asked if he could sit with us.
For those of you not in Entertainment, perhaps I.T. people…imagine an ordinary day enjoying your lunch at work, when suddenly Bill Gates asks if he can join you… or I don’t really know your heros…um…ok. Bill Gates is all I got.
The gracious Mr.Raimi then started a conversation as two extras and I stared at him in stunned silence. I hope my mouth was not agape. Although I tried to be cool, it was quite thrilling to be honest. I think I eventually recovered from my trance, but while talking to Mr. Raimi and learning of our shared love of the duality of superhero personalities my own inner nerd was screaming, “YOU ARE HAVING LUNCH WITH THE DIRECTOR OF SPIDERMAN!, YOU ARE HAVING LUNCH WITH THE DIRECTOR OF SPIDERMAN!”
So thank you, Mr. Raimi for breaking down the walls, or trailer doors on set, and engaging with us as colleagues! We love you even more now than before. You are a class act; kind, generous and a shining example of humility for us all!
When I asked him what his favorite project has been, Sam, as I call my new best friend:) replied, in the most shocking example of his lack of pretention, “I think a movie called Spiderman 2.”
Yes, Mr. Raimi we have heard of that movie. And we loved it. We were blown away by your work. We admired the director that you are. Now we admire the man that you are, and hope we can emulate your generosity of spirit.