Whilst at the recent ‘Hamptons Film Festival’ this scallywag had the good fortune to sit down and talk with the director of the UK premiere short; “How I learned to love Richard Gere,” Detsky Graffam. Written by and starring his equally affable partner Michael Spicer. As I sat down with them I learned trying to make it as an actor, a star (as the character of the short tries to do) often comes with sacrifices and sometimes unintended results…….
SCV; What inspired this film?
Michael; The allure of making it and the reality that we don’t always make it.
Detsky; If one is willing to go to the other side.
SCV; You mean sell out?
Michael; That’s a bit drastic.
Detsky; More like figure out the guise that will help you get there.
Michael; At the cost of your integrity …..at least in the short run.
SCV; As opposed to the long run?
Detsky; Well, it all depends how much you want something and what you’re prepared to do to get there.
SCV; How prepared were you to get there?
Detsky; I moved to Berlin, away from London.
SCV; Why Berlin?
Detsky; Because London is about institutions and icons and Berlin is about breaking down those institutions and icons.
Michael; Or at the very least reinterpreting them.
SCV; As long as one is lucky enough to do it before they break you down.
Michael; You have to be inspired, committed, learn to laugh a little.
SCV; Which means laughing a little at yourself once in a while too, like your character in the film.
Detsky; That or fight off the tears.
SCV; Is the allure of fame and stardom really worth it?
Michael; In my character’s case it was.
Detsky; Yes but it also became a burden.
SCV; Talking of which. How are you handling yours?
Detsky; Like an Englishman, with a stiff upper lip.
SCV; Even if you are half German. And in your case Michael?
Michael: As you can see with all the sparkling attention and gin tonics ‘quite well.’
SCV; Talking of which you got another smoke?
Michael; At least another packet.
SCV; So what happens now?
Detsky; We go on to the next project, a full length feature film.
SCV; That’s right. You took first place at the short film awards at “Cobravision Awards” in London for a short called ‘Peace of Mind,’ and second place for Berlin 7 – ‘Going Underground,’ in 2008.
Michael; You need a light?
SCV; Yes please. (brief pause) Final question. Is fame an allure or a burden?
Michael; Definitely a burden.
Detsky; Yes, I agree.
SCV; One that you’ll nevertheless both engender in your pursuits for fame and stardom.
Dexter; We’re English. It’s all about keeping a stiff upper lip.
Michael; And a little sense of the diabolical.
SCV; Yes I thought so…….
By the way, I won the ‘Emerging Comedy Talent’ for my short film the day after this party. Hoorah.
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