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An Adrien Brody Moment


by Betsy Lewis 26 Mar 2009

I answer audience phone calls for Think, so I am perched in Master Control with the lovely Gini Mascorro, looking into a room where Krys Boyd conducts interviews. For one hour today, Gini and I stared at the back of Adrien Brody‘s head. Brody is in North Texas for the AFI Dallas International Film Festival. Though Gini and I are cynical and […]

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843-abI answer audience phone calls for Think, so I am perched in Master Control with the lovely Gini Mascorro, looking into a room where Krys Boyd conducts interviews. For one hour today, Gini and I stared at the back of Adrien Brody‘s head. Brody is in North Texas for the AFI Dallas International Film Festival. Though Gini and I are cynical and worldly sophisticates, we nonetheless became a little bit squealy-girly when he waved and smiled at us. You would too.

An audio clip from Brody’s Oscar-winning performance in The Pianist began the third segment of Think. The clip had no dialogue; it was the music of a piano being played by an emaciated Brody playing a Polish Jewish musician during World War II, struggling to escape the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto. When the clip began, the actor quietly played along with it, using the desk in front of him as a surrogate for the piano. He stopped only when the music stopped. It seemed like a brief and private reunion between the character Wladyslaw Szpilman and the actor who brought his story to the world. We were lucky to have witnessed it.

Image from www.afidallas.com.

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  • Jennifer

    I’m pretty sure that beat MY day at work!

  • Rawlins Gilliland

    I loved that interview because it was sensitive and ……as I said before one way or another, wanta bet Brody would be a horrible interview if the host was a lightweight? Dallas needs to put all of you at THINK on a wild-life flora and fauna decorated flatbed truck and roll through the streets while people toss flowers. Sr. producer Jeff Wittington can drive wearing a pith helmet while you and Gini flank Krys, all wearing updated jungle goddess attire. (Urban jungle theme…….try to keep up). Sorta like one of those old-time Texas ‘Come to vacation Bible school’ parades. Music blaring, the new Kelly Clarkson hit ‘My life w/o you would suck’ or the Spremes oldie, ‘My life is empty w/o you babe’.

    Just a thought…..after all……… next month is Spring Membership Drive.

  • Jill

    I would absolutely get giggly if I were that close to Adrien Brody.

  • Gini Mascorro.

    We really were! And what a great interview. Thank you so much for posting this, Betsy. xoxoxo

    P.S. to Rawlins – think we could find the modern day heir apparent to Giorgio di Sant’Angelo to design said updated jungle goddess attire?

    http://www.metmuseum.org/special/WILD_Fashion_Untamed/958s.L.htm

  • Krys

    Betsy– what an evocative description:
    “It seemed like a brief and private reunion between the character Wladyslaw Szpilman and the actor who brought his story to the world.” I can’t imagine how that could have been written more perfectly.