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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

MRA UPDATE 2

OK GUYS HERE IS YOUR MRA FIX FOR THE WEEK!

I WILL TACKLE THIS POST IN 2 PARTS:
1. THE MRA OFFICE SCENE (INTERVIEW BETWEEN PAUL AND MR. MORIMOTO)
2. THE MRA GUN ROOM SCENE

FIRST, THE WEEKEND BEFORE LAST WE FILMED THE MRA OFFICE INTERVIEW BETWEEN PAUL & MR. MORIMOTO IN A RATHER SMALL OFFICE (ACTUALLY A CONVERTED APARTMENT) THAT IS NOW A TALENT AGENCY WHICH SHIBAYAMA SAN (MR. MORIMOTO) WORKS FOR (HE IS A PROFESSIONAL ACTOR WHO HAS WORKED ON OVER 20 FILMS!).

WE STARTED FILMING AT AROUND 11AM AND CONCLUDED BY 6PM, WHICH WAS A GREAT RELIEF AS WE WERE DELAYED MANY TIMES BY THE RIGHT WING ACTIVISTS (WHO ARE INFAMOUS IN JAPAN FOR BEING EXTREMELY LOUD AND ANNOYING!) HOLLERING THIER OBSCENITIES RIGHT ON OUR DOORSTEP! FOR THOSE OF U GUYS WHO DONT LIVE IN JAPAN HERE IS A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THEM: THEY DRIVE AROUND IN BLACK TRUCKS (OR BUSES) AND HOLLER RACIAL COMMENTS TO PASSERS BY ABOUT THE EVILNESS OF THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT & THE FOREIGN WORLD (THEY CALL THEMSELVES NATIONALISTS!) THROUGH GIANT SPEAKERS THAT EMIT ENOUGH SOUND TO REMOVE WOMENS UNDERWEAR (SORRY ABOUT THAT; I AM ACTUALLY A FEMINIST!). SO ANYWAY, AS YOU CAN IMAGINE IT IS NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO FILM A FILM WITH THAT GOING ON IN THE BACKGROUND!

BUT PUSH ON WE DID & FINALLY (WITH THE HELP OF THE POLICE) WE MANAGED TO FINISH THE SCENE AND GET OUT OF THERE UNSCATHED AND READY TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY. OH YES, AND BY THE WAY, MR. MORIMOTO (SHIBAYAMA SAN) HAS GOT TO BE THE COOLEST ACTOR I HAVE MET. THROUGHOUT THE MANY INTERRUPTIONS (BETWEEN TAKES) HE MANAGED TO GET SOME WELL EARNED REST, SLEEPING AND AT TIMES ACTUALLY SNORING UNTIL THE DIRECTOR SAID: "PLACES EVERYBODY" AT WHICH HE OPENED HIS EYES AND CONTINUED TO BLURT OUT HIS LINES LIKE A CONSUMATE PROFESSIONAL (WELL DONE COBBER, YOU'VE GOT MY VOTE!).

PART 2 WILL FOLLOW IN THE NEXT INSTALLMENT, SO STAY TUNED AND REMEMBER IF U AIN'T CREATING SOMETHING YOU'RE DESTROYING IT...

PEACE OUT!

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