I read his response:
"One would have thought
that granting fans the
opportunity to post
directly to me, that this
would be the busiest
section of the forum."
"Yet, with all the recipes
bookshelves and other
categories, this is the
first post made here."
"I'm not judging, just
making an observation"
The First time I saw him...
I met him many years ago; he had just graduated Devoe Acting School and had joined the cast of one of those little companies.
When I had to cast roles for television or motion pictures I tended to splash around in the waay off Broadway world. I was always looking for that unknown I could make a known. That new face which could fill the 'Name Brand' role for a tenth of the cost.
For example, we wanted a 'Brad Pitt' type for this soap, we wanted a 'Whoopi Goldberg' type for that drama. I'd go out and search in these lost corners of the thespian world. Often I'd find someone who didn't 'fit' for my Brad Pitt type might be Asian and my Whoopi might be a blonde, but I went for talent and presence, as many of the characters were virtually blank slates where actual appearance was not as important.
I saw him almost immediately. He had the ability to pull my eyes from centre stage to the corner where he stood, force my ears to strain for his lines.
I wanted him.
I left the theatre, called my Aide, told her where, when, and who, and went out to a late dinner.
The next day I met him at the casting. I sat quietly and when he came on I told the director; "That's the one..."
I spoke softly without gesture.
Who I Am
I'm Midas. That's what they call me. Behind my back. I am the one they call first, (if they can afford my fee). I seeme to always find that perfect actor/actress who catches attention and more than fulfills the request.
I appear very humble. I dress down, I am quiet, ignorable. I work to be ignorable because I do not want the focus. It would destroy my usefulness if an actor knew who I was and began to play to me. I must see them at that moment of honesty when they are playing their part, unaware of the significance of the eyes on them.
So I sit in little theatres watching little plays, my eyes open for that actor/actress who has the potential to be a Star.
Getting the Part
Because I indicated him, he got the part, and after his first appearance the fan base began to grow exponentially.
I ran into the director a few months later, expecting the usual gratefulness.
"I am Never going to Take anyone you suggest Again..."
"What is it Syd?" I ask, confused.
"I thought he was a hit...?" I say.
"Oh, he gets tons of emails and letters, sure. But he is the most obnoxious S.O.B. I have ever worked with....."
Syd went on to list this guys faults and because he was my friend I promised to take the S.O.B. off his hands by getting him a role in something else.
"If you do that, I take back everything I've said..."
They were looking for a particular type in a drama, and I suggested the S.O.B. As I had suggested him, they went for him.
Considering the kind of person he proved to be, he went to break his contract with Syd and take on this project.
Syd sent me one fantastic bottle of wine as a thank you.
The S.O.B. went into the Drama and became almost a Star.
The Drama was a hit, the Actor was getting so much attention you'd think he'd made it. I recall stopping by a Message Board he'd created for himself and seeing all the fans babbling away and he making maybe one or two posts a month.
Not answering them, not doing more than pontificating.
The Director of the Drama hated him, and he said; "In one way he was a great choice, but having to work with him? Let me put it to you like this; He'd try to teach Einstein about relativity."
"He's one of those?" I laughed.
I couldn't help it. Every so often I run across an absolute no body who thinks he is a super star and it is hysterically funny.
Okay, I've got a fine sense of the ridiculous.
I knew that S.O.B.s days were numbered and that once he was dropped from the drama he'd never get anything and wind up where he was when I met him.
As I said...
As soon as his contract was up, his character was killed.
He used his rags of fame to wangle a role on a soap which lasted one year and then he was back in little theatres.
I hadn't heard of him for a decade when his name came up in conversation. Apparently the drama had been syndicated and sold to far off places and some poor soul didn't realise she was watching a fifteen year old program and wrote a fan letter.
When I got home I did the usual Google to find out if he was still alive.
Still alive and just as pretentious.