No Ordinary Spud
In some ways Charlene was a character unto herself. No ordinary spud, Charlene had multiple stand-ins, all of which could be seen at various stages of growth on the steps of the props trailer. Granted, I wasn't quite sure what I was seeing at the time, but it's very clear they were dedicated to making sure Charlene put her best sprout forward.
Sometimes I think I'm wired for scoop. All I meant to do was check out Shane's desk. Of course, when I did, I happened upon a box of notecards. Lo and behold the only card inside was the Kombucha smoothie recipe that supposedly ended up in the box of Reader's Digest that Norman threw out. And it was an actual recipe with ingredients, measurements and everything. Why didn't I take a picture? I'm still asking myself that question to this day (Haha). The point is the recipe for the perfect Kombucha apparently exists. In terms of Higher Ground, however, the perfect recipe really wasn't the point.
One of my first set visit debriefs included a funny story about Kristin's urgent attempt to keep me from unwittingly happening upon Eric's sides. What I didn't tell you at the time was why. Like I mentioned then, Martha had definitely laid some ground rules for what I was, and wasn't, allowed to know, and besides causing me to plug my ears from time to time, also required some creativity on their part. Now I understand better the reason---I am pretty sure the next day (Saturday) they filmed that big ShOliver sequence from the end of the film. This explains why Kristin clammed up a bit when I accidentally got too close to she and Eric practicing later on in the day, and Martha being offered a stack of colorful notecards from which to choose.
Little did I know how close I would almost come to figuring something out about that sequence from one interesting question asked much later...
If you've paid close attention to my posts about Higher Ground, just about any time I get the chance to talk about Shane's homecoming, I'm sure to reference the desk chair that swivels "clockwise." It comes directly from one moment I won't soon forget from this trip.
After an early wrap, I traveled back to the city with Brandi, Jojo and Martha. Somewhere early on in the trip, during a period of silence in between conversations, a statement:
"So I have kind of a crazy question...[insert pregnant pause, during which I quickly calculate the 33% chance the question comes to me]...Chandel, this one is for you..."
Thank you, math.
"Close your eyes, and think back to From Paris With Love. Imagine the scene where Shane sees Holly in the DLO for the first time. I want to know which way the chair turns---clockwise or counter-clockwise?"
Obviously this question should be a no-brainer---it's no secret that From Paris With Love is my all-time favorite, and I should be able to answer this question. But consider the consequences if I had not---what kind of a fan would that have made me if I could delve into all of these insane details about the show, but couldn't accurately identify something so simple?!
Rather than let the pressure get to me, or indulge my desire to recall the Jeopardy! music in my head for dramatic effect, the answer left my lips:
Meanwhile, I'm in the back letting out a sigh of relief that I didn't just completely embarrass myself.
Well, now that I've triggered a massive case of set visit nostalgia...
In Full Disclosure,
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