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Mike/Mitch Project Goes Hollywood

August 12, 2011

What if the blog had gone viral?

The first day at the studio was very exciting. It’s hard to believe how quickly they were able to turn my bestselling book, Mike & Mitch: A Damn Good Read,  into a movie. Mr. Cusack told me that I should call him John, which was pretty cool. Mr. Bridges was a little more reserved, but it was awesome to meet both of them. Having Dylan Saunders play the Hell’s Kitchen Manager was quite the coup after his last box office hit. Of course Melanie has hung around, wanting to pester him to death/ too afraid to talk to him. We are going to film a lot of the exterior scenes on location back in the twin cities, but for now they have built two sets. One that looks remarkably like Hell’s Kitchen and one that looks remarkably like I a house I would love to live in. The kitchen pretty true to life, but the rest of the rooms are about double the size of my real house. Better for staging or some such thing. No one shot any scenes today, but they did a pseudo-run through of a couple of scenes. It was cool to see the actors riffing on some lines from the blog that actually made it into the script.

When you see the finished product you may not recognize our family. They down played some of my more geeky qualities to make the movie more mainstream and they kept the Mike character in the same job all year to avoid confusing the audience. Of course much like Julie and Julie the more interesting parts are the biographical portions about Mitch’s life. That man has lived. Trust me, the story that ends up on the screen is not even half of the wild things he’s done. They knew it was going to get an R rating just for !@#%ing language so they didn’t want to push the envelope with too many “adult situations.”

One of the production assistants made an offhand comment about opening night screening next year and it got me thinking about who to invite. Of course I would invite all of my family and the MN Kopli, but I would also hope that some of my blogging buddies could make it as well. There is probably a long list, but off the top of my head I know I would invite, AlohaTheMuse, The Hook, and Seashell. Having other people in the blogging community really helped on the days when I just wanted to quit. I am also thinking I will invite Lawrence and try to persuade him that this is his next movie to watch for 365 days.

Damn Good Casting for my Movie Wife : Minnie Driver or Selma Hayek.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 17, 2011 2:50 pm

    They down played the geek? How dare they? It would be awesome to attend the opening. Let me know when they finally have the good taste to make the movie!

  2. August 13, 2011 1:23 am

    This is more or less the most awesome thing ever.

    I’d be MORE than honored to attend ;D You have to make creme brulee and butterbeer for the afterparty, though. And some of that asparagus. And the homemade ice cream. And the nachos. (Not combined. Yum.)

    Love the movie poster, too 🙂 Great post.

    Is it okay if I do something similar over on EI? This has gotten me thinking…. haha….

    • August 13, 2011 10:42 am

      By all means. I can hardly wait to see what your brain comes up with.

  3. August 12, 2011 12:59 pm

    Thanks for the shoutout, my good blogging friend!
    Awesome post – your sense of humor and creativity are boundless!

  4. August 12, 2011 6:15 am

    you forgot to mention that you would also invite all your wonderful neighbors.

    • August 12, 2011 8:19 am

      aack! That is the problem with these Hollywood speeches – you always leave some one out. All neighbors AND Guest Bloggers will get an invite to the premiere.

      • August 13, 2011 4:07 am

        Gee thanks! and do I get any compensation for sharing your blog all over FB and delish?

        Already said how much I enjoyed this one! The Hook is right… boundless.

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