Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Secret of Sarah Pennington - Telling My Wife

Charles, Doug and I all agree that we learned a lot from the first feature we produced with Dan Perrin called “Beaches, Buns and Bikinis.”  Much of what we learned we incorporated into our second feature, “The Secret of Sarah Pennington.”

One thing I definitely learned was to tell my wife who’s starring in the movie BEFORE we shoot the movie.  “Beaches, Buns and Bikinis” starred that American icon Ron Jeremy.  Something I neglected to tell my wife prior to production.  Think about it, how would you tell your spouse you’re making a movie with Ron Jeremy?  

After we completed principal photography in Houston, I came home and took my wife out to dinner where I was preparing myself to tell her.

We were seated in a booth and I could see the backs of a man and woman sitting behind my wife.  So it went something like this:

Me: “I have something to tell you.

My Wife: “What have you done now?”

Me: “Ron Jeremy starred in my movie.”

My Wife:  Ron Jeremy, Ron Jeremy, who is that?”

Meanwhile the man sitting behind my wife suddenly sits up and I can tell he’s trying to listen carefully.

Me:  He’s a porn star.

My Wife: ”I know you’re loud but could you say that any louder?”

Now the woman in booth behind my wife sits up and is listening.

So my wife, understanding soul that she is wasn’t mad about Ron being in the movie only that I hadn’t told her sooner.

We finish eating and get up to leave.  As we pass the couple sitting behind my wife, the man won’t look up, he’s looking down shoveling food into his mouth.  The woman, still seated next to him, slightly turns her head to peek up at us as we pass.   My wife keeps on walking but I stop and look directly at her.  I wink.

ME: That’s how I roll.

The woman turned three shades of red.

So What did I learn from this experience? 

Tell my wife who’s in the movie before we shoot.