So Daily Variety is calling The Perfect Storm’s win over The Patriot a ’stunning upset’? C’mon, I called that one weeks ago. Seemed pretty obvious.
So Daily Variety is calling The Perfect Storm’s win over The
Patriot a ’stunning upset’? C’mon, I called that one weeks ago. Seemed
Maybe the so-called experts were expecting a surge of 4th of July
patriotism to douse the storm. Sorry, but Independence Day (the holiday,
not the movie) is really not about reflecting on the past. It’s a
celebration of hot dogs, beaches and the sheer joy of blowing things
I’m thinking a lot about Americanism lately - not just because of the
4th of July, but because of a recent encounter I had with a journalist
interested in visiting the set of the movie I’m handling in Prague. We
chatted amicably over tea at a quaint cafe. On the surface, it was a
typical meeting between a publicist and journalist, but there was an
underlying issue present that was as difficult to ignore as the singing
German tourists outside: she is from a country that was bombed last year
by my country.
Her name is Galya, and before moving to Prague eight months ago, she
lived with her family in Belgrade. Until her home was damaged by the
same bomb that demolished the Chinese embassy.
I’d never before met someone so directly affected by US military
I found myself wanting to apologize for what happened, although I still
believe the bombing campaign was justified. But it’s a different kettle
of fish when you stare into the eyes (and quite lovely eyes at that) of
an innocent who has suffered at the hands of your own government. It
Which brings me, finally, to my point. Despite our political and
national differences, Galya and I came together over a personality: a
Very Big Star.
Despite what people across the globe may think of the US as a whole,
they love and adore our movie stars. The personalities of our screen
idols rise above any negativity that international audiences may have
toward our government and our global stranglehold on socioeconomic
Galya holds no great affection for the US government, yet she remains a
big fan of our entertainment industry and its stars. They suffer no
backlash. They are the best PR our country has.
As legions of Hollywood publicists work to build America’s next Very Big
Star, they are also building a future US ambassador of goodwill: the
next face of America to be presented to the world. And YOU get to vote -
at the box office.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to try to catch a fireworks display
on CNN. Then I’m going to watch a movie financed by the Germans, made in
France, starring English actors, with Czech subtitles. Or maybe I’ll
just see Gladiator again.
Lawrence Mitchell Garrison is an LA-based freelance publicist and