|Cindy Williams' final screen test for Graffiti took place a month before filming began.|
|During their screen test, Paul Lemat & Ron Howard improvise dialogue while sitting on the back of a truck.|
|"[Dreyfuss] was kind of a smart-ass...that was part of his charm."|
|During their screen test Laurie (Cindy Williams) reacts after being called a "bitch" by her boyfriend, Steve (Ron Howard). Incidentally, this colorful and direct dialogue was not used in the film.|
Winning several medals during his stint in Viet Nam during the late -'60s, LeMat seemed like a natural choice to play tough guy, "John Milner." Further testament to Mr. LeMat's ruggedness was his history as a professional boxer winning the L.A. Diamond Belt Welterweight Division title and the Southern Pacific AAU title in 1972. However, Milner was not a one dimensional character. Besides being tough, the actor who portrayed Milner had to be able to exude compassion. The "soft" side of the character is revealed when he allows a bratty pre- teen, with nowhere to go, to ride in his car all evening as he cruises up and down the circuit. Like the character he portrays in the film, LeMat in real life can be indignant with people who aren't cool but he is also friendly, soft spoken, and personable. In many ways he is John Milner. Be sure to check out the popular video of my conversation with the talented actor on my March 2011 post.
|Paul LeMat rehearses with Mackenzie Phillips. Compared with the other actors, LeMat went through the most drastic change in appearance to play his character.|
Two years before she acted in Graffiti, Ms. Somers was arrested and booked on charges of writing a bad check in March 1970. She was 23 at the time, and avoided prosecution by paying back the money she owed.
For 10 years, 1963-73, the theater company, founded by Alan and Jessica Myerson, resided at The Committee Theater located at 622 Broadway in San Francisco. A second company of The Committee performed at the Tiffany Theater on the Sunset Strip in LA, CA from 1968-70. The Committee is often credited with setting the model that modern improvisational groups such as Upright Citizens Brigade, Improv Olympics, and The Groundlings follow to this day. In addition, National celebrities such as Mike Myers, Tina Fey, and Bill Murray and so many others have the Committee to thank in part for their success because they studied with Committee co-founder, Del Close.
|The Committee off stage. Seen here are Ed Greenberg (second from left) who played Kip Pullman in Graffiti, & a bearded, James Cranna (fourth from left) who played the Liquor Store Thief in Graffiti wearing a wig to hide his long hair.|
|"He must not have been used to drinking." |
Del Close (Man at bar) and Candy Clarke
- FINE -
-Close, Del and J. Brent. (1959, 2009). Sound recording. Mercury Records and 101 Distribution.
-Patinkin, Sheldon. (2000). The Second City: backstage at the world's most greatest comedy theatre. Sourcebooks, Inc. Naperville, Illinois.
-Veltman, Chole. (Aug 7, 2010). Bay Area Improv Thrives. The Bay Citizen website. http://www.baycitizen.org/performance/story/long-roots-bay-area-improv-comedy/. The Committee picture Retrieved 5/6/2011.