this guy that always seemed to be around the production office
during pre-production, although I don't think we'd hired him. Like
so many members of the crew on EvenHand, he was a friend of
several others in the tight-knit San Antonio film community.
experience with Cosmo was when I was auditioning Toby candidates.
After seeing him around, I requested that he show up because his
"look" was pretty much dead on for what I had in mind for
Toby. Unfortunately, however, he didn't have that je ne sai quoi
that directors seek in their cast. But, he soon found a home in the
transportation department as one of the crack drivers.
Bill Sage prepares to spritz Cosmo with...mace?
take this opportunity to say a few words about our transportation
department. They were a nice bunch of kids, but after the first
couple of weeks of production, I was terrified to get in a car with
most of them. It was sort of like a flashback to my own first failed
attempt at my driver's test on Edgecomb Avenue in upper Manhattan --
failure to stop at red lights and stop signs was endemic, and
pulling in or out of traffic was often a hair-raising experience. I
usually found some excuse to drive myself and as many essential
actors as possible to and from lunch. At any rate, Cosmo soon earned
a reputation as the king of the dings. The day
I fired him for failing to pick up the actors on a particularly
hellish morning, I watched as he pulled a van into traffic on South
Flores and nearly got broadsided by an oncoming car.
Matt directs wedding/wrap party traffic
to say, I was elated when Lovisa announced that she was planning on
marrying Cosmo. I immediately offered to give away the bride. We
agreed that the wrap party was the best time to stage the wedding;
the entire cast and crew would be there to wish the newlyweds well.
wouldn't say the ceremony was exactly traditional. The bridesmaids
wore a variety of interesting outfits. Lisa's was hands down the
most creative: a yellow slip with blue and yellow rubber gloves and
a blue lampshade. The colors of the Swedish flag never looked so
good. Lovisa and Cosmo were dressed appropriately for a bride and
groom, in a long gown with veil and a white tux, respectively. The
minister was from some interesting church that I'd never heard of
and don't presently recall.
as the vows were exchanged and the newlyweds kissed, I brought out
the handcuffs and promptly cuffed them together, in which state they
remained for the balance of the evening.
- Joseph Pierson
I got cuffed that night, too