It is still Thanksgiving Weekend for most in the US. But following a four day break, the Main Unit of Winters Tale is back on the job.
But perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself. I’ve been cast as Dingy Worthington, a thief, in Akiva Goldsman’s screenplay adaptation of Mark Helprin’s classic novel. I met Akiva when I met Russell about 8 or 9 years ago when they worked together on a film in Toronto. Akiva is directing this film and he and Russell sent me a note about a tow months ago asking if I had any tie available in late November-early December.
I pointed out that the GBS XX press would be done by mid November and with the exception of a couple of Christmas concerts on a Saturday or two, I had time to consider whatever they had in mind. Dingy is what they had in mind. It is a small but really cool role in a film that once again sees me standing shoulder to shoulder with the greatest moviemakers on Earth. What a thrill.
I can’t say much about the film or the cast. There’s a lot of info online about who’s in it and who’s not etc. I cannot confirm or deny any of it, but believe me, this is friggin cool.
I should be here for three weeks or so. And here is New York City.
For those of you who regularly read this blog, you’ll know how often I’ve praised this place. This is the greatest city on earth. No question about it. I’ve travelled more than the average person and have really only wanted live, for a short time at least, in three cities outside of home in St. John’s. London, England. New Orleans, and New York, USA.
The Robin Hood film got me a four month stay in greater London; in Richmond to be specific.
The GBS recordings for Safe upon the Shore got me two two-week stays in New Orleans.
And now Winters Tale has me unpacked in a New York apartment for almost a month.
I am a Lucky Bastard.
Here’s the thing. There are many wonderful places in the world to visit. Places where the post cards are nice and you go see the attractions and leave there happily.
Then some of those places turn out to have more to offer than listed on the tourist post card. Places where you can quickly get off the beaten paths and find something that the tourism commercials don’t mention. You can, on your own, find out what its like to be from that place if you atke a left turn here and there.
Then there are places like London, New Orleans, where millions of tourist come and go constantly and have an amazing time as tourists as there is so many excellent touristy things to do in these places. But most well travelled folks will tell you that Friday night on Bourbon Street tells you very little about what its like to live in New Orleans. What I mean to say is that the tourist attractions of these towns are awesome and totally worth the visit but actually bear no resemblance to the daily lives of the people who live in them. When you come across a place like that, the curiosity in me peaks and I need to have at least a temporary address there to feel like I know the place at all.
I am hoping to have that chance in the coming weeks. I am living in New York. I can’t tell you what a thrill is to type that sentence. Cool. Friggin Cool.
Many thanks to all of you for the massive response to the launch of the GBS XX Box Set and Tour. As you may have heard, the CD went Gold in Canada in just over two weeks. Tickets to the Tour are selling like crazy. A few sell outs are likely to be announced in the coming days and weeks despite the fact that the gigs are not till March.
The other night I had a chance to chat with a bunch of the cast from Les Miserables just after they had attended a cast screening of the soon to be released film. They and everyone else were literally glowing from the experience. I spoke to a few hardened film folks as well. Folks that had nothing to do with this production who were positively thrilled by the film. It’s been a long while since I’ve been this eager to see a movie. Really happy for Russell and all the gang from the other night. Hope to get to one of the Premiere’s and hope it hits a homerun at the Box Office.
A couple of other cool things coming up. GBS is playing at The Smilingland’s Great Big Give event in Toronto next weekend. What a contribution that charity has made. Hundreds and Hundreds of thousands of dollars for needy causes have been raised by this organization.
Also, getting to sing with the Barra Macneil’s at a show in Toronto in a few weeks. They have been great friends to me and GBS over the years and remain some of the best traditional musicians I’ve ever seen.
More stuff to come including book news and other live dates etc.
I am wearing suspenders in this costume. I am really enjoying them. I hope that’s cool.