Neil Labute’s “The Money Shot”, was produced by the talented Ground Zero Theatre with the generous support of Hit and Myth Productions.
The play was threaded with nasty hilarious insight of what really might go on the night before a love scene. Actors have real lives, how could it not be an issue to explain to your spouse you have to get a good night’s sleep ’cause you have to bang someone on set in the morning.
I imagine this was not really fiction. Think of Jennifer Aniston, when Brad Pitt came home after being on the set of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” all day with Angelina Jolie. This play was not that, but it does reveal some of the hazards of Hollywood.
In this case Joel Cochrane, who plays Steve, is a burnt out 50 year old, faded action star. In the interest of self preservation and fending off insecurities, Steve wants real action under the sheets in the sex scene. So he’s no Brad Pitt but if you’ve seen Steven Segal or Chuck Norris lately, maybe..
The Calgary Herald’s Steven Hunt wrote “Sometimes in Hollywood, when a director hollers Action!, he speaks literally.”
When I photograph actors doing this kind of stuff, even that has an element of absurdity. The concept was to get everyone in one bed looking as naked as possible, but the actors at the time of the session had only briefly been introduced to each other. Within minutes they were skin to skin under the sheets – with clothes left on where ever discreetly possible. It’s a crazy job but someone has to do it!
We used Joel Cochrane’s Mount Royal condo, which was perfect. Just another good day on the job!