Alison and I tried to cut across U of T campus on our way to the Varsity Cinemas on Saturday night, but approaching Victoria College we were stopped by a guy in an orange security vest, who said there was a film shoot in progress and we'd have to go around it. We could see a crowd in front of the college, and lots of big lights on cranes. I asked what they were filming & he said, "American Pie 5
We continued on our way, taking a side street, which was lined for blocks with big white trailers. In front of one of them was a bench, and on the bench, four or five midgets were relaxing & smoking cigarettes. "Check it out," I said to Alison. "American Pie 5
will feature midgets! You saw it here first!" Then we went to the Varsity and saw Nacho Libre
, which also features midgets. Because apparently you can't make a lowbrow comedy without the little people.
My brother is visiting from L.A. this week, looking at potential locations for an upcoming movie. I was out with him and his girlfriend today, and I told them this story & they both cracked up laughing. It turns out that the production company that will probably be doing Skander's movie is the same one that's doing American Pie 5
, so he's been issued an open invitation to visit the set, and the way the invitation was phrased was, "Swing by sometime -- you can meet the director and, you know, hang out with the midgets
." THE SAME MIDGETS!
Skander's roommate, an actress, was given the American Pie 5
script to read by her agent, but couldn't get past the opening scene, which is so spectacularly offensive that it's impossible for the movie to go downhill from there, because there's nowhere lower to go. Also, word is the midgets will be naked.