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Thursday, November 10, 2005
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang & my dance with Robert Downey, Jr.
Last night I went to a private screening of the dark comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang followed by a Q&A with Robert Downey, Jr who stars in the film. The little theater was in the basement of the Tribeca Grand Hotel, which had about 30 corduroy cushioned seats. My friends who had seen the film all said it was really great (Sasquatch has seen it twice) so I was doubly excited to watch it.

We were seated in the second row, in a reserved seat, thanks to my mother and her connections with Bombay Blue Sapphire Gin, which sponsored the event with The New Yorker magazine. Unfortunately there was a woman with a huge fro like Sideshow Bob seated in front of me, causing me to crane my neck to see the screen. The impartial view didn't prevent me from enjoying the film though, which was directed and written by Shane Black the screenwriter of Lethal Weapon, The Last Boyscout and The Long Kiss Goodnight. Although this is his directorial debut.

The plot in a nutshell features Harry Lockhart (Downey) whose a petty theft in NYC who gets discovered by a Hollywood producer and flys out to LA to play a private detective. In order to prepare for the role he follows a real private dick, Gay Perry (Val Kilmer)and gets involved in a real murder mystery. Gay Perry by the way is gay in the film, thus the name. Both stars have great chemistry and are fun to watch interact. I found myself cringing, laughing out loud and generally enjoying this quirky film, I definitely recommend it.

It's very Pulp Fiction, and I mean that in two ways--It's an outlandish and interlaced crime story like the Pulp Fiction movie and also like the cheap dime books, which the story highlights. The film also pokes fun of the fact that it is a film and includes narration that addresses and engages the audience. The story is also very LA noir, but without being too tongue in cheek or over non-industry heads.

After wards Robert Downey, Jr. came out and did a Q&A with a reporter from The New Yorker and then answered questions from the audience. I didn't know what to ask, my concentration in pop-culture and the several intense film study classes that I took during my undergraduate degree were loss to me at that moment. I just listened and the reporter in me, regretted that I didn't have my notebook. Generally he talked about the future of film and the genre, but he did mention how it was fun to work with his son who appeared in the film as his younger self and how he related to his character's optimism. He was really energetic and personable and no, he wasn't high or anything. Although he did reek of cigarette smoke and resembled Bernie in Weekend at Bernie's with his long hair and beard.

I headed to the cocktail reception feeling like a wimp for not coming up with a pretentious question like the others or for not letting him know how much I enjoyed the film, his acting and especially his older movie Chances Are, but to my delight he and his new wife and producer Susan Levin mingled for a bit and talked with our group.

While posing for a photo with him I mentioned that I loved him in Chances Are and he said it was just on TV the other day and his wife hadn't seen it so they watched his 23-year-old self (he's now 40). He then began dancing with me and serenading me to the song Chances Are. It was really sweet--not skeevy--and I was definitely giddy.

Here are some photos, a.k.a my proof. The photo of us dancing was way too bright since the flash went off at the same time as the professional photographer's.
Downey, his wife and TaraMetBlog

After my mother and I headed to The Dinner in the meat packing district for some fried chicken and mac and cheese. On my way back to my apartment, I was staring down at my feet making sure I didn't get my heels stuck in the cobble stoned streets, when I spotted a real $100 bill on the ground. I'm serious. I know it sounds crazy and something that would only happen to me, but it's true. I have a witness too. If I saw someone drop it, of course I'd give it back to someone but it was just lying there by itself waiting for me to happen by. So, yes, yesterday was a lucky night for me! :) Too bad it means it was a shitty night for whoever lost the c note.

Posted by Tara at 8:59 PM PST
Updated: Friday, November 11, 2005 10:41 PM PST

Friday, November 11, 2005 - 11:36 AM PST

Name: Audrey Begin

It was a great evening, but it would have been better if found that $100 bill before dinner:)

Friday, November 11, 2005 - 12:27 PM PST

Name: Jennifer
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I don't know if I'm more jealous about the money or of Robert Downey Jr.
i've thought about it.
it's Robert Downey Jr. I would have been all kinds of swoony and stupid if he danced with me. lucky girl.

Friday, November 11, 2005 - 12:37 PM PST

Name: Retrobebe
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WOW! Robert Downy Jr? And a pic!!!?!?! How awesome. These are the things that make me just want to pack up and move to NYC. :-) You def had a lucky night!

Friday, November 11, 2005 - 7:38 PM PST

Name: Andrea

Very cool, Tara! What a fun--and lucky-- evening. :)

Saturday, November 12, 2005 - 8:35 AM PST

Name: Veronica


I love Chances Are! I love the story.

Saturday, November 12, 2005 - 5:43 PM PST

Name: SL

What a great night for you! I've always loved Robert Downey Jr even though I've only actually seen a handful of his films. It was probably b/c he was always so damn cute! :) And Chances Are? Aw, I love that song. Lucky you!

And you deserve to find some bucks! I'm totally in denial that it might have been someone who needed it. I think it was a bazillionaire who didn't even notice it was gone. Sort of like losing a $1 bill. That's my story. Go with it! :)

Monday, November 14, 2005 - 6:29 AM PST

Name: Master Foley
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WOW that is all around awesome

Sunday, November 27, 2005 - 2:59 PM PST

Name: lowster11
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It's nice to read that you would have given the c-note back if you seen somebody drop it,not to many people would.
Cool blog by the way!


Monday, November 28, 2005 - 2:03 AM PST

Name: Joyce

Tara, I heard about your "evening with Robert" through DowneyNet, posted by Judy. What a great time you had....lucky gal!! Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is such a great film....just saw it again today for the 6th time. Robert is amazing as usual. No one does it like Downey!

Your meeting Robert and Susan, dancing with him and then he sang to you....WOW, what more could you ask! I know how exciting it was for you because I have met him too, twice, with a hug both times. He is just the sweetest guy in whole world... And as if that wasn't enough to make your find $100.... Nov 10 will always be special for you.
Thanks for sharing your story....I am smiling big time.


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