Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Salma Hayek - still hot at 50+

Salma Hayek - still hot at 50+

I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but I got to talk with her one-on-one at Sundance in 2003. It was more or less by accident. She and Ed Norton came out of the theater together and walked past me. Norton was engaged by somebody else momentarily, so that Salma was stranded out of the conversation, and I jumped on the opportunity. As it turns out, I actually had something interesting to talk about. She had made her directorial debut in the festival that year. I had already seen her film and had researched the hell out if it, so I actually managed to hold her attention.

The film sucked, by the way, but that wasn't her fault. It wasn't her project. She took over at Showtime's request when some other director dropped out at the last second. Here are my original notes, which I wrote before I talked to her. Thank heaven she hadn't seen my comments anywhere, and needless to say I didn't give her my opinion then and there, especially because everyone else in the state seemed to adore the film. You see, the film was lensed in Utah, and the screening had been a total love-fest between Salma and the Utah audience, many of whom had actually worked on the film and/or knew somebody who had. They applauded every name that came up in the closing credits.

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Joe Schmuck, assistant key grip.

"Really? Ol' Joe??? Wooooooo!"

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Anyway, the point of my anecdote, which I seem to have wandered away from as I so often do, is really this:

She is probably the most beautiful woman I have ever seen face-to-face, and I never even looked at her body, because I didn't want to be an asshole, so I kept my eyes on her face. And what a face it is. Photos of her don't even do her justice, gorgeous though they may be. That was 14 years ago, and she is 51 now, but she still looks just about the same.

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