Disaster movies and shameless celebrity namedropping.
If there was such a thing as a regular reader of this blog, he or she would know I’m not averse to dropping the occasional celebrity name here and there in a transparently pathetic attempt to vicariously associate myself with their fame and glamour. Well you’ll be delighted to hear that this is exactly what I’m about to do now. Only more so.
The half-baked excuse on this occasion is the appearance of two of my paintings in the soon-to-be completed new Hollywood Blockbuster Disaster Movie from director Steven Soderbergh entitled Contagion.
Here’s one of the paintings right here:
Apart from my paintings the movie also features a host of lesser known stars, such as Jude Law, Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow and Laurence Fishburne. You have to admit that’s an impressive amount of namedropping – and we’re not done yet, there’ll be more later. But back to the movie who’s plot revolves around “a lethal airborne virus emanating from Asia that responds to no known protocol, is more contagious than the common cold, and kills within days. With the world-wide medical community racing to find a vaccination, society begins to break down as rumor and innuendo swirl across international boundaries”. Could be good, could be rubbish. All we know for sure is that the sequence shot in San Francisco may fleetingly feature two paintings that are breathtakingly fantastic, unless they end up on the cutting room floor of course, which is highly likely. Personally I’ve had a soft-spot for disaster movies, ever since I saw Earthquake in Sensurround at the Edinburgh Odeon, as an undernourished and pimply youth, back in 1974. Richard Roundtree, Walter Matthau, Victoria Principal, Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner now that’s a cast worth namedropping!
You’ll no doubt be wanting to see the other painting, so here it is:
Apparently they’ll be lurking in the background during a cafe scene. Oh, and if I may take the liberty of answering the question that I know hovers on everyone’s lips, yes, they are both still for sale! This could be your opportunity to own a piece of genuine Hollywood Blockbuster Memorabilia at a very attractive price, an heirloom for future generations to gaze upon in wonder.
If you do choose to purchase one of these unique and remarkable pieces you’ll be following in the esteemed footsteps of other name-droppable Hollywood Celebrities Robert Downey Jr. and Carrie Fisher, both of whom are proud owners of Fullarton originals. No I’m not kidding. Cross my heart and hope to die. In fact not only does Mr. Downey Jr. own a drawing, which I fondly imagine him gazing at from his favorite armchair as he relaxes in front of a roaring fire with a mug of steaming Ovaltine, this Christmas he actually bought two more pieces to give as gifts to people he particularly despises.
And because I know you’re fascinated, here’s one of the pictures Carrie Fisher bought:
You can see what she saw in it, can’t you?