Past Imperfect

Past Imperfect – #571

Director: “Has anybody seen Marlon? I need him on the set.”

Bitter Scriptwriter: “Why does he have to be here? My words are superb. Anybody could do this scene, assuming that they can read.”

Not-bitter Production Assistant who still believed that she could bed The Brando given the right opportunity: “Now, let’s not be so truculent, Oscar Wilde. Maybe Marlon is still caught up in that traffic jam at the craft services table, where everyone was stunned to discover the shocking lack of caviar.”

Enrique de Enrique, Make-Up Artiste Extraordinaire, at least in his own mind: “Well, I know Mar-Mar is ready to go. I personally arranged all of his chest hairs in a pattern that should appeal to our target demographic. It’s some of my best work.”

Greer Garson, co-star: “I heard him say he needed to get something posted.”

Production Assistant, eyes aglow: “Did he mention any names?”

Greer: “Honey, you’re beneath my pay grade. Go hyperventilate somewhere else.”

Producer, arriving on set for his one and only token appearance because he really didn’t know anything about making movies even though that was his job: “Where’s Marlon? They told me he would be here so he could kiss my ass. I’m not going to be happy if we don’t have any insincere worship.”

Director, fully aware that his career longevity was dependent on people who didn’t deserve any longevity whatsoever: “He’s on his way. I’m sure he’s just getting into character to make sure this scene is perfect.”

Producer: “I don’t care if it’s perfect. I just want it done. I get my bonuses for meeting deadlines, not for quality. That’s the American way. Somebody better find me some Marlon before I shut this thing down and greenlight that movie about dancing Puerto Ricans in New York City.”

Director, ruing the day he thought he could make a difference: “Understood. Nancy, could you bring Marlon to the set?”

There was no immediate response from anyone in this tableau of dysfunction.

Director, turning to the Production Assistant: “Are you not listening? Was the wetness behind your ears causing a hearing issue?”

Production Assistant: “I heard you, but my name is not Nancy. It’s Salome. You weren’t even close. How, exactly, did you expect me to make a connection?’’

Director: “I think the connection is that you want to keep getting a paycheck, correct? Now go reel in the Marlon. Do whatever it takes to get him here.”

Salome: “Got it.” She raced off, managing to toss aside her panties without impeding her swiftness in any way, encouraged by the “whatever it takes” philosophy of the director, which happened to coincide with the goals she had outlined in her diary last night. There is no shame in Hollywood, only box-office tallies.

Enrique de Enrique, perturbed by the panty-tossing and concerned that the visions in his own lusty diary might be overruled, decided to join the quest. “I’ll just go help her out. She might need some backup.” No one noticed that he snatched up an assault weapon from the craft services table sponsored by the NRA, because many people in America like to look the other way when it comes to the true foundation of a problem.

Meanwhile, off in an obscure backlot of the studio that hadn’t been utilized since the invention of sound, Marlon was checking his statistics. “Damn it. I don’t understand why my latest blog post isn’t getting any hits. What the hell do I have to do to get any traction for my self-published book?”

Brian, the real scriptwriter: “Oh, honey, let me tell you a story. But keep your shirt off while I tell it…” 

Previously published, minor changes made. Side note: I just now noticed the three little cups sitting next to Marlon. What the hell is that all about, and how did I miss it? Sometimes I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed. But at least I have a new update angle when I eventually repost this, because you know I will. On second thought, maybe I can do the update now…

Salome, racing up to Marlon with an admirable degree of velocity, a side effect of her enhanced aerodynamics due to the streamlining of her panty-tossing: “Mr. Brando, the director wants you on the set. What can I do to help you get there? Before you decide, I should point out that I don’t have a no-nudity clause in my contract, unlike that wretched Greer. And I’m not afraid of butter.”

Marlon: “How interesting. Well, I’m in a bit of zen mood right now, so we’ll let the pharmacy decide. Do you want the red pill or the blue pill?”

Salome: “But there are three cups beside you.”

Marlon: “The third cup is for the urine specimen you’ll have to provide after having taken either one of the pills.”

Salome: “This is not where I expected the story to go.”

Marlon: “Nor did anyone who is still reading this. It’s what happens when the writer doesn’t know when to let things go.”

Previously published, medium changes made… oh wait, I already did this part. Actually, I’m just creating another footnote so I can announce that anyone who gets the butter reference scores additional bonus points. I really enjoy movie trivia and-

Enrique de Enrique races up, panty status unknown: “Marlon, I have a very important message from the director.”

Salome: “I already gave him the message. And I was here first, you tramp.”

Enrique de Enrique: “Girl, you need to look in the mirror. And it’s down there.” He then performs a bit of vengeful choreography he had learned one Saturday night at a gay bar in Broken Piston, Oklahoma, a series of moves that resulted in Sour Salome tumbling down a steep hillside, a hill that nobody had really noticed until it became critical to the narrative.

Marlon looked at Enrique de Enrique. “Was all of that really necessary?”

Enrique de Enrique: “Yes. She’s so annoying and she smells like rotten lemons. She had to go. Speaking of going, how can we get your chest hair from here to where it needs to be on the set?”

Marlon: “Oh. Well, there’s a slight issue. My boots are encased in concrete.” [Scroll up. See?]

Enrique de Enrique: “Well, I’ve done some kinky mess in my day, but I’ve never done that. Good on ya.”

Marlon: “Oh, it’s not a sexual thing, despite my reputation for having many of them. The construction crew told me to move so they could build the foundation for the next set. But I ignored them, because I’ve won an Oscar, so they poured the concrete anyway.”

Enrique de Enrique: “Uh huh. And it never occurred to you to leave before things hardened?”

Marlon: “Has that ever occurred to you? I’ve read your blog, and I know what you did last summer. And all the summers before that. You sure spend a lot of time in the showers at the gym.”

Enrique de Enrique: “Good point, grudgingly accepted. Anyway, we’ve got to resolve this situation. Did you try taking your feet out of the boots?”

Marlon: “Oh. No, I didn’t. There’s not a director around, so I didn’t know what to do.”

Enrique de Enrique, sighing: “Actors. I wouldn’t have anything to do with them if they weren’t so pretty. Anyway, we need to shuck the shoes. But first, shuck your pants.”

Marlon: “Is that really going to help?”

Enrique de Enrique: “It’s certainly going to help me. We’ll work out the rest of the details in a minute.”

Previously published, major changes made. For those concerned about her fate, our anti-heroine, Salome, post tumble, happened to crash land on the set of “From Here to Eternity”, which was in production the same year. Said surprise landing occurred just as Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr were filming that infamous beach scene where the duo, rolling about in a sea-drenched frenzy of wanton wetness, suddenly became a trio. Of course, this development was excised from the final print of the movie, and the only extant copies of the salty ménage a trois are selling on eBay for six figures. Salome was never given screen credit, despite her admirable efforts at making sure that Burt’s concrete hardened as it should.

And she’s still sour to this day…

21 replies »

  1. Didn’t Marlon do some obscure flick, ‘Fast Fandangos In the Paris Hilton’ or somesuch? I don’t quite recall. But for some reason butter sticks in my mind. Or is it sticks of butter?

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    • Your cleverness, as always, is greatly endearing, Mr. O. And yes, it was sticks, plural. I would imagine that the butter industries had some healthy stock returns the year “Fast Fandagos” was released… 😉


  2. I apologize for not giving you more tread recently. My muse abruptly took a busman’s holiday (and I want to know why busmen-whatever they are besides sexist) get a special holiday, but this IS America and we host holidays for every damned thing out there including the invention of confetti… Anyway my muse is off wandering somewhere and my well has run dry. It’s truly NOT YOU, it IS me. 😦

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    • Oh, don’t fret at all. I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve also been negligent on your own site, with me barely having time lately to read your entries, click “Like”, and then move on. Things have been a bit hectic these past few months at Bonnywood, with lots of whatnots going on and diverting my attention. (We just had the roof replaced. THAT was fun, worthy of a blog-post serial, but I haven’t gotten around to it.) Life happens, we adjust and deal with the fluctuations, whatever they might be. Just trust that as long as we connect here and there, I’m completely good… 🙂


  3. I didn’t know this part of Brando’s life, although I did read something about his affair with an author when both staying in the south France. I guess I just didn’t want to see this aspect of him since he’s handsome and all the women were after him.

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    • Well, I obviously made up many of the points in this whimsical lark, so you can’t really consider this a biographical treatise. But he WAS known to be a promiscuous and difficult person. Some folks blame this on that whole “tortured genius” angle, but really, some people are just not all that great to begin with, no matter their talent… 😉


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