I was in New York, walking down the street in SoHo when I noticed a girl on the sidewalk holding some head shots of actors. I’ve always been a bit shy in real life but asked her what was happening and she said it was a casting. I asked if I could go up and she said yes. Once in the room I saw a woman, Mali Finn’s assistant, holding a Polaroid and taking shots of young actors. I stayed in the line, wrote down my name and phone number and did the casting. At that time I was working in a production directed by Ellen Stewart at La Mama. A few days later, I got a phone call from the casting director saying that I’d been chosen to play a small role and Gus was the director. I could not believe it was true. I remember talking to Ellen and she said go, do it! It’s a good opportunity and we’ll replace you for a day or two. Being in that film really was a dream come true.
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