El Comandante has a soft spot in his heart. Movies, popcorn, and candy fill a large part of that spot. What's amazing is how movies can trigger specific memories, emotions, and senses.
I can recall the sight and smell of the old theater on Alvarado (now an indoor swap meet)where I saw "Star Wars" for the first time. I remember the color of the living room carpet and the pizza my family ordered when I first saw the "Muppet Movie" on this new service, ON TV- the precursor to cable. I'll never forget seeing the first "Superman" at the Chinese Theater. Every time Superman would display a feat of strength, my Dad would lean over to me and say "If you drink your milk, you will get that strong." I hated milk as a kid and can't stand the stuff to this day. Got Nothing! Give me Tequila!
Sadly, I will never forget how heartbroken I was when my Dad came to pick me up at school to take me to see the new movie with Han Solo, as I referred to him, "Raiders of the Lost Ark". I was in first grade. My parents had just divorced. I didn't know what custody was, or why I couldn't go with my dad. He was my pops! My mom tried to explain it to me. Something about him taking me from her. It just didn't make sense. I was taken home by the babysitter. No Han Solo movie that day.
Happy or sad, each movie is a reminder of a special place and time in my life. Those moments made me who I am, fueling me with the emotions that I would later put into my work. Who knew that a moving picture in a dark room would captivate me so much that I would devote my life to pursuing the opportunities to take people on their own journey and be a part of making their own special memories? That's worth more than any statue or star on the sidewalk to me. No lie.
Annie Freeman: Versatile, Theater Actress who lives in L.A., loves being on stage, and is damn proud of it!El Comandante likes to raise his fist in the air to those actors that are committed to their art and who do things their way- REV...