Monday, November 19, 2007

Man on a Train

I was on the train from Tameside to Manchester with free tickets to see the preview of *American Gangster*.

Kev was waiting in Wetherspoons and Russell and Denzel in the Odeon. I was reading the Guardian interview with Ridley Scott (the director) who says he directs fillums not movies - he's from the North east) .


A guy gets on at Ashton under Lyne - Ridley was deserted in favour of the dishy newcomer.

How can I describe him?

Late forties, very tall with a crucial haircut, excellent cheekbones and those lovely intellectual style specs. He wasn't wearing a suit but looked smart in a casual sort of way - a sexy academic type. Like a young Charles Dance with Max Von Sydow overtones.
And then .... he searched inside his smart brief case and withdrew ...... a half bottle of Vodka. He quickly necked a sizeable volume. Several minutes later he delved into the bag again and pulled out a magazine as well as having a second huge glug.
The magazine was 'Inside soap' - so much for the intellectual academic theory.



Whilst continuing to be absorbed in his reading matter he had several more swigs from the bottle. It was empty by the time we got to Victoria 12 minutes later.


For once I was delighted to see Kev quietly drinking his lager like a model of temperance.


The fillum was excellent.
KAZ

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20 Comments:

Blogger Kev said...

He was probably gay as well, Kaz.

10:24 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

As well as who Murph??
OOps I mean Kev - just can't get used to your having a blog dear.

10:28 am  
Anonymous NiC said...

Fillum is clearly the correct description and pronunciation for those that are good. Poor ones are movies and those even worse merely DVDs.

10:36 am  
Blogger Geoff said...

Maybe he was on his way for an audition to be Gail's new boyfriend in Corrie. You'd need at least a bottle of vodka.

1:35 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

A vodka-swilling "Inside Soap"-reading man?

Did you give him my phone number?

2:32 pm  
Blogger Mopsa said...

Life can be SUCH a let down sometimes. All that pretty packaging gone to waste.

3:23 pm  
Blogger Old Wom Tigley said...

Ha! what do you expect from A-U-L... He'd just got out of court for D&D.. You stick with Kev and his larger... sounds a great chap to me and he was there waiting like he should be doing... you can't fault that.
Was the fillum any good?

5:24 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

NiC:
The writer of the Ridley interview wrote it as fil-ums.
Which is so wrong.

Thanks for the classification. Does Jonathan Woss know about this?

Geoff:
2 bottles of vodka and a blindfold - min!!

mj:
No way:

This bloke might have let you share the mag - but he'd keep all the vodka for himself.

Mopsa:
Precisely - If he'd been lying on a park bench I might not have been misled.

The stereotype let me down again.

Wom:
Great theory.

Kev - he's a Ridley Scott fan and I had free tickets.

5:57 pm  
Blogger Rimshot said...

Don't tell me how it ends! I'm taking my father to go see it next weekend.

7:34 pm  
Blogger ziggi said...

Charles Dance?????

Yee-uck!

7:46 pm  
Blogger The [Cherry] Ride said...

I love the term "crucial haircut."

9:05 pm  
Blogger I, like the view said...

kev sounds like a dream

:-)

9:14 pm  
Blogger I, like the view said...

ok, maybe it's me who's dreaming. . .

%-)

(I just checked out kev's blog!)

9:17 pm  
Blogger stitchwort said...

It might have been mineral water masquerading as vodka.
And how else would one pronounce "film" but "fillum"?

9:34 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Rimshot:
I was surprised to find out that it's a true story.
Hope you and dad enjoy it - I think you will.

Ziggi:
As an afterthought I decided he was more like the divine Bill Nighy.

[Cherry]ride:
The man cared about his image - you could tell.

View:
(1) Nightmare?
(2) See any dogs over there?

Stitch:
He was enjoying it too much.
From now on it will be fillums for me - but see above - should it be - fil-ums?

10:05 pm  
Blogger tony said...

it wasnt Mark Kermode was it?
How did you get those free tickets?

7:34 am  
Blogger Dave said...

I thought you hadn't recognised me. I was on the way to an interview, if you must know.

11:19 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Tony:
Mark Kermudgeon?

As well as sleeping with Russell Crowe - I've signed up with 'See Film First' - they e mail the details and I print out the tickets.

Dave:
Your preparation consisted of reading 'Inside Soap'?

So it was either Granada or Cussons - both in Manchester.

2:36 pm  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

I really enjoyed it..of course I named a son after the fillum director so I am prejudiced from the getgo.

Denz just keeps getting better and better doesn't he..especially when he does villains.

4:48 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Just seen this one HE
Denz is terrific - love to Ridley (or Scott - delete as appropriate).

9:50 am  

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