Billions for Weapons and Millions for movies-‘Act of Valor’

When I first arrived in Hollywood, the very first script handed to me was a Vietnam based war film. The Producer was a Vietnam vet, and as I have high-regard for war vet’s I took the meeting and reviewed the project. It was an education.

I learned very quickly the resources made available to the producer should the Pentagon deem the script appropriated. With it’s vast loose billion for weapons it also has a full fledged production unit based in Los Angles ready to work with film maker to get movie’s made. It’s for the same reason that the mobsters got involved in Hollywood, everyone wants to look good on the silver screen.

The upcoming film “Act of Valor” is action, but there are a few things it doesn’t have: There are no corrupt officers, no damaged heroes, no queasy doubts about the value of the mission or the virtue of the cause.

That’s because “Act of Valor” was born not in Hollywood, but in the Pentagon. It was commissioned by the Navy’s Special Warfare Command and its success will be measured not in box-office receipts, but in the number of new recruits it attracts to the Navy SEALs. Yea, baby, so all you girls and guys out there who want to kick some serious butt, in Somalia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran opp’s did I just say that, get ready to get those bad guys and go sign up.

Today, the Film Liaison Office is among the most powerful forces in the movie business. Teaming with each armed service’s own film arm, the office cuts sweet deals with studios desperate for the kind of real-life props and troops that can’t be generated by computers.

Philip Strub, the current head of the office, wields one of the mightiest pens in show business. He reviews scripts sent in by producers and studios, deciding whether or not to provide material assistance based on, he said, “whether [the film] is something that might be of information value to the public or whether there is some benefit to military recruitment and retention.”

‘Act of Valor’ is using real SEALs instead of Hollywood actors. The brass loved the idea, though the SEALs themselves were initially resistant to the idea of acting, Waugh said. They needed some convincing, he said, that, “it was going to be authentic and legitimate and not some hokey, cheesed-out Hollywood version of their community.”

Unites States Navy Seals where magic is real and dreams come true.


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I slept with Oscar ! Oscars 2012

It was a day before shooting on the film “Slaves of New York” was going to begin it was raining, cat’s and dog’s, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev where also in town, and there was not one single room available to stay in New York City. Ismail Merchant the producer of the film gave me the 14th floor luxury co-op on Manhattan’s East Side, apartment of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala to crash at. What do you think I found on the mantelpiece? yes, the Oscar. I picked up the Oscar, it was heavy, Academy Award for A Room with a View (1985) for best adapted screenplay. I lay the Oscar on my pillow, and went to bed. To all those who used to say stop dreaming you’ll never go to Hollywood, and win an Oscar. Guess what, I did a deal with Oscar winners, went to Hollywood, and no I personally have never been awarded the Oscar, but I did sleep with it. That’s the magic of films and that is why some very talented people make them. It’s not easy, it’s an insane business. But there is nothing like putting a smile on someone’s face. Here are some of the nominations for 2012.
“Hugo,” Martin Scorsese’s heartfelt love letter to filmmaking, earned the most nominations with 11, including best picture, best director and best screenplay as well as several technical Oscars.
“The Artist,” the low-budget black-and-white silent movie that offers a glimpse of Hollywood during its transition to the “talkies” earned 10 nominations, including nods for best picture, best director, screenplay, actor and supporting actress.

Rounding out the nine best picture nominees are “War Horse,” “The Tree of Life,” “Midnight in Paris,” “The Help,” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.” Disappointing comedy fans was the no-show “Bridesmaids,” which some had suggested could win a best picture nod. However, the raunchy girl comedy wasn’t completely shut out. Melissa McCarthy picked up a best supporting actress nomination, and the film received a best original screenplay nomination for “Saturday Night Live” superstar Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo.

It was a particularly good morning for buddies Clooney and Pitt. In addition to Clooney’s best actor nod for playing a middle aged father of two in “The Descendants,” he also earned an adapted screenplay nomination for the political thriller, “The Ides of March.” Pitt earned a nomination for lead actor as Oakland A’s general manager Billy Bean in “Moneyball,” he also picked up a nomination as producer of that best picture nominee.

Besides Clooney and Pitt, the best actor contenders are Demian Bichir in “A Better Life,” Jean Dujardin in “The Artist” and Gary Oldman in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” Vying with Streep, who earns her 17th Oscar nomination as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady,” are: Glenn Close in “Albert Nobbs,” Viola Davis in “The Help,” Rooney Mara in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in “My Week with Marilyn.” Missing from the best actress list was Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” which had earned her several nominations and wins including the Golden Globe.

Here is a look at the Artist, it’s old school, as is Hugo the two films take us back to people who had a passion for film making, it’s art, it’s creating magic, so welcome to the Year of the Dragon, and Oscars from the land where magic is real and dreams come true. Congratulation to all.

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Gucci, Calvin, Prada, all present at Golden Globes

George Clooney, Clare Danes, Madonna, Christopher Plummer, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were among the pantheon of famous faces who walked the red carpet into the Beverly Hilton Hotel Sunday evening for the high-profile awards dinner. Here are some of the pictures from the red carpet.

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Meryl Streep the iron lady of Oscars !

The Iron Lady confirms this: the last Hollywood demigoddess retains her mimetic abilities. It takes just a few seconds to realize that everything is spot-on: the voice, the accent, the gaze. The last thirty years of life flash before our eyes: the pearls, the hair-sprayed bouffant, the stiff suits. Since the end of her mandate, Margaret Thatcher has mutated into a living legend: very few Prime Ministers have been the object of such vivid, acute popular criticism and dislike. Thatcher’s is a heavy legacy, made all the heavier by the fact that the character in the film is still alive and kicking. Songs were written that demanded her resignation (Simply Red’s She’ll Have to Go) or disputed specific dispositions made by her government, such as Clause 28, which outlawed any “promotion of homosexuality”. Series of books chronicled life in the time of “Maggie”, such as the diaries of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend, which were openly, brashly critical of her economic policy. A number of films were set against the miners’ strikes, among which Billy Elliot and Brassed Off. Thatcher, she had balls, unlike George Bush who had the chance to finish Saddam off during “Desert Storm” but did not have the ball to do it. Thatcher had told Bush if you are going to start it, make certain you have the balls to finish it. It seems that is all she ever cared about. While I liked her to a point, there was the other side of her that like so many others I did not like.

After seeing the film, one thing is absolutely clear, there is no equal to Meryl Streep. One thing we all know that everyone keeps their Oscars on a mantel-piece, such as the one I once slept with found on while staying the night in Ruth Jhabvala’s apartment on the mantel piece in New York for A Room With A View. So where would the Oscars be in Meryl Streep’s house? yes the mantel piece, under the stairs, in closets, in the guest house, she has enough for the laundry room as well. Meryl Streep in the Iron Lady can do no wrong, it is effortless acting, that is what one is suppose to think, a true sign of a great actor. This and this only is the reason to see this film. To see the diva of the silver screen.

As for the film itself you feel nothing. Is this a love story, a women in a man’s world, come on, that was done long time ago by HRH Elizabeth I, in comparing the two films there is no comparison. I was in the room when Shaker Kapoor was telling his writers you need to get through a barrier and get in-touch with your female side, this is a story of a women, a passionate women who has to be like a man. When you watch Elizabeth it’s all there on the screen you feel it. To me this was once again a film to see and just marvel at the outstanding actor the one and only, Meryl Streep.

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Driving Farrah Fawcett blaring the tune ‘Hotel California’ – Welcome to Hollywood !

A man, by the name of Mr. Radar approached me and asked me how was this morning? I lied and told him, it was alright, then my body stared to shake uncontrollably and tears began to flow with the power of Niagara falls, as thoughts of the women who had opened some doors and made some dreams come true had died after her battle with cancer. The media would forget her very quickly as that afternoon Micheal Jackson was found dead.

I met Farrah in New York city. It was my first trip to the big apple, I was invited by a man who at the time was the wealthiest man in the world. I had no idea how the universe was going to unfold, I was going to just go with the flow. What a flow this was, it forever would change my life, in that New York minute kinda-way. Arriving at La Guardia I jumped into a yellow taxi and headed for 641 Fifth Avenue. The taxi sped away then braked, whizzing in and out of various lanes, over bridge’s and under tunnels it invoked a fond nostalgia of a city I had seen in films and on television shows. The city that had been near bankruptcy, graffiti scared subway cars, escalating crime, dwindling population, where you considered yourself lucky if you made it alive from point “A” to “B”. It was also the city where so many had arrived to make their fortunes. I knew full well that life is defined by opportunities even the once missed and other’unexpected. Farrah and everything hereinafter was unexpected. As I stood on the sixty-seventh floor of the Olympic Towers, I took in the vast vista of the city. It gave me a heady freedom. I saw the city with wide endlessly appreciative eyes. Unlike Toronto, New York, had no time for the niceties of life, it was aggressive, its people it seemed did not believe in wasting time. It was like two cities, a glitter world where everybody else lived and one where famous and wealthy played in a luxurious bubble. I had arrived in this city by-passing all its gritty aspects it had to offer and standing in the apartment office of a Saudi billionaire I was in the bubble of wealth and luxury. I had an exhilarating awareness that immense events were playing out right in-front of my eyes. Adnan Khashoggi, (if you want to know who he is just click on his name for my video on him ), arrived, he shared with me the view and sensed my excitement and offered to give me a tour of his two-story apartment perched high above Manhattan, with everything one can imagine including a full size pool. Upon learning that it was my first time to the city, he picked up the phone and instructed someone to book me into the Helmsley Palace hotel towers and arrange for me to dine somewhere fun. He then informed me that I would be staying the night all the arrangements were made and asked if I enjoyed the theater. This presenting me the opening to speak about the film I had made in grade school, theater and acting steering the conversation towards the artistic world. He was delighted that I had a creative side and invited me to a Broadway play in which he had an investment. I was advised to check into the hotel, refresh and meet at Olympic towers for the ride over to the theater.

The play starred Farrah, it was called “Extremities”. It was Farrah’s Broadway debut and I was utterly surprised to learn that I may have the opportunity of meeting her. Where oh where are all the guy’s from school now, I thought. The play was heavy drama, a far cry from “Charlies Angels”, the television hit show that had made Farrah a big star. After the show I was introduced to Tatum O’Neal, Ryan O’Neil daughter. Soon afterwards, Farrah appeared to meet and greet my host and his entourage. When my time came to meet Farrah, I attempted to muster some superlatives to define her performance and was unable to find any. Then Farrah smiled, putting me at ease with her comforting, warm Texan manner. Superlatives began to fall from my lips like apples from a tree. She was playfully amused. She was as I had expected pretty, her famous blond hair, was thick and rich with gravity-defying mellifluous curls. Her eyes had a warm glow, luminous and penetrating. Her skin had a fragrance of bubble-gum freshly unwrapped. The lips invoked image’s of wild cherries, and if you kissed them perhaps they would taste like cherry soda. Farrah and I formed an instant bond. This may have been due to my shyness, or not being fazed by her. She had an aura that was disarming, comforting, and warm. There was a calm around her and we stood side by side and chit-chatted. I extended her an invitation for dinner. She declined in the most alluring and charming manner. She had a previous engagement with a Saudi-Prince. What the hell was I thinking. She saw that I was holding the playbill for the show, in my hand, reached out, took it, “Tim or Timothy?” she asked “Timothy” I said and she autographed it. My trip yielded me a business relationship with my host the Saudi- billionaire with homes around the world, private jets, yachts, one currently owned by billionaire Saudi Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal and infinite global connections. The partnership was about to propel me into instant orbit. It also commenced the leisurely process of drowning my innocence.

Soon afterwards I was asked to go to California to see what was going with a film “Cotton Club”, I hardly knew anyone in California let alone Los Angeles, I needed a quick education a fast track into the fast lane of Hollywood, and it’s in’s and out. I called Farrah. Los Angeles being one of those places that open’s it’s doors to you quickly if you know the right person, knowing a super-star, well that really helps.

Arriving at the Beverly Hills hotel in Beverly Hills, one look at the hotel gave me the impression that it dearly needed a face lift. This was my first impression. It was known in the industry as the pink palace, it was painted all in pink. Upon being checked in, I was taken through the side entrance of the main lobby of the hotel through green, lush, tropical gardens and into bungalow number six. Inquiring if a Ferrari could be rented, I was informed that Beverly Hills, Budget had one. I raced over and picked up a gleaming red Ferrari. Making a u-turn on Crescent I parked the Ferrari in front of my bungalow.

Farrah had made the lunch arrangements at the hotels restaurant the Polo Lounge. The Polo Lounge was not just any restaurant. It was the epicenter in the land of earthquakes of the entertainment industry. It’s booths where coveted by the super-stars of the silver screen, the power brokers, movers and shakers and the rich and famous. To get a table albeit a bad one required clout. A booth reservation required your latest status according the silver screen guide of A-list, people in show-biz. Upon entering the Polo Lounge I noticed that each of the booths was equipped with a telephone. These were not the iPhone days. I was zig-zagged past tables of important looking people, into the court-yard garden oblivious of the importance of table or booth, indoor or outdoor or the perception of being seen with Farrah in this town at the Polo Lounge, I thanked my lucky stars that I had Farrah, in my corner.

The  garden was drenched in sunlight, with its lush banana trees, palm trees, flowers and an immense tree which formed the hub of the garden restaurant. The tree’s octopus branch’s giving the false impression that they where growing at will. It seemed some of the people seated where just talking gobbledygook. The garden courtyard was surrounded with booths on its outer limits. I saw Farrah, sitting in a booth intended for six, highly visible, it’s placement signifying it’s rank. The sunlight drowned the tables covered in starched crisp pink table cloths. It would be lunch with sunglasses on. That fashionably LA. I greeted Farrah with a sense of kinship, she extended her hand across the table, taking it, I leaned over the table and she offered her cheeks for a kiss. Sitting down, making small talk, waiting for the server to arrive, I noticed that Farrah seemed to be drinking a refreshingly looking drink in a tall glass with ice. The drink complimented not only the climate but the decor of the

restaurant. Soon the server arrived in a bright white jacket and black pants. I ordered, the drink Farrah was drinking. It was cranberry juice, with Evian water, al a mode at the time. Our small talk had evolved into an easy-going rapport. Farrah was acquisitive, sensitive, intoxicating and energetic. We spoke about her upcoming part in a film, set in Paris and what I wanted to see in LA. Farrah ordered a Cobb salad, and suggested I try the McCarthy, she also suggested that I needed a make-over and so began my Californication.

Having finished our lunch, we proceeded to exist the main building, Farrah, stopped at one table and then another as we attempted to exit, to shake a hand or say hello. Slipping out the side of hotel into the gardens leading to my bungalow and Crescent road where Farrah had parked her car. “It must be crazy for you to get around this town?” I asked, “It’s not that bad at all, really, the Polo Lounge, it’s another story”, she commented on our exist, “You don’t say!” we both laughed. Farrah had been driving Jaguar, a recent present from
Ryan O’Neal, for her birthday. I pointed out the awaiting red Ferrari, “Your kidding me, you just landed, when did you get the Ferrari?” she asked, looking surprised at my inordinate expense. Farrah looked at me and smiled, like a girl seeking a playmate and finding one and said, “It’s going to be fun shopping with you, Timothy”.

My wildest dreams had not taken into account that such a moment would arrive, where I would be driving Farrah in a Ferrari in Beverly Hills. This unbelievable event began to feel not just familiar but preordained. As I fired up the Ferrari, I looked towards Farrah and confessed, “Farrah, I’ve got to be honest with you now, I don’t know if I’ve been bit by a rattler, fucked or shot”, she screamed out a laugh over the Ferrari’s roaring engine. We were off to Melrose. The lipstick red, gleaming, Ferrari raced down Crescent purring like a wild cat past tall palm trees, under the blue California sky with a few floating clouds. Soon we arrived in the valet parking lot for Johnny Rockets and Tommy Tang. I handed the car to the valet parking attendant a surfer looking dude, who gave you the feeling that this was a regular occurrence.

LA Eye Works, was a trendy hip store in vogue. It was Farrah’s preferred store and that was all that mattered. It was apparent that the staff was at ease with her presence, yet while attending to us, gave the illusion of aloofness allowing us the feeling of space. Indulging in the space provided we began tried numerous pairs of eye wear. Like cave dwellers painting their skin with ochre and charcoal, we painted ours with charcoal, black and various shades of color sunglass’s. Farrah found herself two pairs while I settled for a pair of Persol’s like the once worn by Marcello Mastroianni in “Divorce Italian Style”, and Steve McQueen in ” The Thomas Crown Affair “. I now had an urge for a vanilla shake. Farrah, led me into Johnny Rockets, a fifty style dinner. Having satisfied the spontaneous urge we made our way to the car. The attentive valet attendant seeing us had the Ferrari, running and ready. Existing the parking lot, I allowed the Ferrari to make its zoom, zoom sound
unique to a Ferrari, and raced down Melrose. Farrah, smiled. She glowed in the sunlight. It was clear that sunny days were applauding her. I was instructed to stop the car in the parking lot on Melrose of Fred Seagel’s. Farrah had embarked on her project of Californiaiding me. The button-down, loafer wearing east-coast kid was about to be transformed. Farrah, found me some jeans, a t-shirt and a new pair of driving shoes. We drove off,however missing from the blend, like a martini missing olives, was music. Farrah the Ferrari needed only music. Eagle’s “Hotel California”, It would complete the package. Farrah directed me to a music store Tower records on Sunset, where the sales staffer found Eagel’s “Hotel California” in world record time. Finding myself back on Sunset, I made the childish attempt to let the Ferrari fly. Sunset between Whittier and Beverly Glen offers you two beautifully banked S-curves, perfect for my desperate longing to throw the Ferrari into the twists and turns that this section of Sunset provided. The Ferrari eat the curves as a seasoned lover unclasps a bra-strap with a single hand. Farrah had a slight smile appear on her face, a girl being teased, “you handle this car well”, she said, “thanks, Farrah, I love sport cars, I’ve grown up with them”. As the music began and the Ferrari sliced through Brentwood, we headed to the ocean and found yourself back on Sunset. Soon “Hotel California” blared as the Ferrari took one curve after another with as much delight as a mans tongue on the glassy smoothness of a women’s body. Farrah’s head bobbed side to side, we screamed out the words “Welcome to Hotel California”. Flicking, through the Palisades, Sunset dropped towards the ocean. At Pacific coast Farrah gave me a hand signal to make a left turn. Along the coast Ferrari with Farrah, we arrived in Venice Beach. Leaving the car at a local Venice beach restaurant valet, Jones Beach, we walked towards the beach and the famous boardwalk of Venice Beach. The boardwalk was vibrant with energy, it almost appearing like a hallucination that is neither entirely past or present. Walking along the boardwalk we took in the local sights, and flavor. The sun was about to set, so we walked on the sandy beach(found a spot and sat down, and without any words so as not to spoil the moment watched the sun set. As we walked back towards Jones Beach, a man who looked starved for money and food, yelled out” Farrah baby, how ya doing girl?”, Farrah gave him a wave and a smile. Filling him. It was time to head back to Beverly Hills. Farrah, wanted me to meet her father for dinner who was visiting from Texas. The Ferrari growled into curves, of Sunset, screamed over gentle hills, and descended screeching, and into another curve, as I changed gears, downshifting, while accelerating on winding road provided by nature. Farrah, was lip singing the words “desert highway, cool wind in your hair”, as her hair blew in the warm evening air. We had arrived back from where we had started Beverly Hills hotel. I removed the various shopping bags and walked Farrah over to her parked Jag. As she opened the door, she spun around in a ballet like move, and hugged me. Her embrace was warm and gentle. In an attempt to kiss her cheeks, to express my thanks for a wonderful day, our lips met and we were lip to lip for a fleeting moment. This fleeting moment lasted the space of time that it takes Star ship Enterprise to race across your television screen. My body shuddered. The seductress of television had just kissed me. Her saliva, lingering on my lips an elixir seducing me to this land of make belief, where so many try to make dreams come true, and where magic had just become real. I was a boy in a town of irresistible attractions, I would have to keep my wits about me. My feet on the ground. How, would I manage all this. Farrah had just elevated me and put me into orbit. I was smitten, I was spinning at speed of earth on its axis. Step by step, slow it down. One may think, of love and say you’ve fallen in-love, but no, I was far to young to fall in love, had no idea what it was, love. Yes, Farrah was a star, but I was used to being in the company of stars.

My mother, had cancer. She survived it’s shrapnel’s. Farrah, did not survive hers. She, had to endure it’s beating’s and bashing’s. Farrah, the Farrah that I come to know was no coward. I will miss her. Life is not a paragraph and death I think is no parenthesis. As Becket put it, “If life is a cursed thing, fated to the end before all promise is fulfilled”. Life’s volatile natures are teeny-weeny, nancy-pansy, compared to the tormenting torture of cancer. The memories she gave me will live forevermore to retain in my mind and transcend time, till it will be my time to die. Farrah, instilled in me the desire to be a knight for her, who would move hills for her. Move a field around her and move the sun, so her eyes could restfully soak in the view, of a blue sky with clouds of grey, of massed lights, together, as if trying to give itself shape, like a rain drop trying to form a river, and float away in fields of clouds. Farrah enriched my life and for this I am blessed. Thank you, Farrah for all those moments, some eerie, and hooking me like a junkie to crack, a vampire to blood to the seductive nature of California. The television goddess that hurled me into space with a fleeting kiss. Dream, let the universe unfold, because magic is real and dreams do come true.

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Running and racing with Paul Newman

Having secured a film financial pact with Oscar winners Merchant Ivory Productions it was time to launch into Hollywood and the Toronto International Film Festival in my home town was the place to do in 1987. The sparks were flying, people were talking after all how many people can do a deal with an Oscar winning team. It impressed David Putnam then the CEO of Colombia Pictures, and a meeting had been set. Paul Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward were in town and Merchant Ivory brought the film Maurice for the screening with Hugh Grant and James Wilby. James Ivory did not make it to Toronto as he was busy working on an adaptation of Tama Janowitez’s Slaves of New York. My partners all flew into town including Baron Thyssen-Bornemizia, Thomas Kaplan, and Daniel Sarnoff who’s grandfather had founded RCA Corporation and NBC Networks. Needless to say we were an excited bunch and I waited with much anticipation for the meeting with David Putnam at the Four Seasons Toronto. David Putnam’s advice to me was keep steady make quality films with strong storyline in another words he was telling me if it aint on the page it aint on the stage. I fully agreed with him after all it’s why we did a deal with Merchant Ivory Productions. David Putnam confided, “Look, I would sign you to Colombia Pictures in a heart beat with the deal you have in hand, but the guys in Hollywood are probably firing me as we speak.” No doubt, that was true, David Putnam was canned shortly.

The Toronto Star, Thursday, September 24, 1987

This left me now to work on Paul Newman who was staying at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto. Paul Newman and I had a bond and it had nothing to do with films, but everything to do with Indy Car Racing. I had been infected with the racing bug, of Indy and Formula 1, sponsoring my first driver John Graham who had raced for Paul Newman. Newman loved racing more then acting, he had his own team and during the festival I was delegated as Paul Newman’s running partner, well not real running more like jogging. Why? To talk Paul into doing a film in our contract with Merchant Ivory Mr. and Mrs. Bridge. It was only after miles of running that Paul confessed to me that it was not his call to make, it was his wife who was calling the shots, it was her project. “Gees, Mr. Newman wish you had told me that at the start,” after an exhausting jog, the human body is like a race car it’s got to be fully tuned,not after an infinite amounts of highly toxic assortment of alcohol. Paul Newman looked at me with those eyes, yes those eyes, those Cool Hand Luke eyes of his as only he could that you’ve seen a thousand times on the silver screen smiling and said, “welcome to Hollywood”. We did make the film, I had a chance to work on the set in Kansas City, my job? holding lemon tea bags to put on their eyes to keep the swelling down from long hours of shooting. Jane Morrison who is mentioned in The Toronto Star article and I met for the first time at the festival and she ended up working as Paul Newman’s personal driver during the filming in Toronto. I asked her, “how did you get along with Paul Newman?” She responded with great confidence, “well he got in the car, and said, “so your my driver?”, “yes, dont worry I am really a very good driver”. After she had finished I allowed for a comfortable pause before informing her that Paul Newman the actor was also one hell of a racing car driver. It was 1987, it would be the year that Paul Newman would win his first Oscar for the movie Color of Money and it would also be the year for me to hold my first Oscar, it was not mine, I had not been awarded it, it was just in the room where I was sleeping, in an apartment in New York, it was the 1986 Oscar presented to Ruth Prawer Jhabvala for Adapted Screenplay A Room With A View . Paul Newman went on to hold several trophies for his racing team, and my time also came on the Gold Coast of Australia. Magic is everywhere in life, you just have to be open to the idea that magic is real and dreams come true. That is how its been, and so it will here on the pages of My Name is Khan as it had been for the late great Paul Newman.

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