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Sally Field of Dreams

 

The actor Matthew Rhys (Brothers and Sisters, The Americans) once said of working with Sally Field, “One time she was in the kitchen and she likes to sort of prepare things in the scene, I wasn’t really paying attention, and she’s chopping away … and she just presents this huge bowl of guacamole! That’s a testament to Sally Field because I’m concentrating on just about getting by and remembering my lines – she’s doing that and preparing guacamole for the rest of the cast!”

BROTHERS & SISTERS - "Home Front" - A year after losing their larger than life family patriarch and three weeks since hearing from Justin in the Middle East, the Walker family struggle to find cheer in celebrating Kitty's birthday. Sarah fights to salvage what's left of her failing marriage; Kevin learns the hard way about the sacrifices that true love brings; Tommy is at a loss as to how to provide the emotional support needed by his overwhelmed wife, Julia, after the death of their newborn son, while Kitty gets a first hand look at the challenges of being engaged to a U.S. senator (Rob Lowe as Senator Robert McCallister). Meanwhile, Saul questions his identity after a visit from an old friend, and the family's newest member, Rebecca, tries desperately to find her place in this very complex family puzzle, on the second Season Premiere of "Brothers & Sisters," SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/MICHAEL DESMOND) SALLY FIELD, CALISTA FLOCKHART
BROTHERS & SISTERS – “Home Front” – SALLY FIELD, CALISTA FLOCKHART

Growing up she was one of my mother’s top favorite actresses and watching her in a movie just yesterday, I realized that she was one of mine as well. She is so good at what she does, she makes it look like she’s coming up with everything right on the spot. A lot of actors personally call her friend and many of them have worked with her multiple times.  She’s known to be a method actor and prefers to get into a character and stay in character.

Recently, she has said of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, “Daniel and I work exactly the same way. I always stay in character,” she said.  She thought that Lincoln represented the perfect environment as an actor because Spielberg embraced the method (keeping in character at all times) throughout the shoot and made sure that the actors all had a bubble around them where they were not asked to come in and out of character during breaks and meals and such.SallyField_LincolnOver the years, she’s racked up quite an impressive set of awards and library of roles that firmly put her in “legend” status, in my mind, the same way that James Garner, Meryl Streep, Paul Newman or even Katherine Hepburn has.  She’s very impressive in Sybil, Norma Rae, Absence of Malice, Places in the Heart, Murphy’s Romance, Steel Magnolias, and Lincoln, but my personal favorite is her performance in Smokey and the Bandit, which she once said was her favorite movie.

To me, what’s more important than awards, is how many of her costars continually want to work with her. She is shy by nature, but always gives it her all and is enjoyable and fun to work with. I hope to see many, many more years of fascinating work from this great actress.0504-sally-field-2

Stunt Performers for Hooper

 

The film is lightly based on Hal Needham’s (director) experiences as a stuntman, but the film’s main character is modeled after stuntman Buddy Joe Hooker, who just happens to do many of the stunts in the film himself.  This film is also a tribute to Jock Mahoney (who Brian Keith’s character, Jocko Doyle, is modeled after), who really is Sally Field’s stepfather in real life. hooper

The film is also notable for the fact that it inspired a successful television series, The Fall Guy which starred Lee Majors. The show’s theme song’s, “The Unknown Stuntman” lyrics including references to both Reynolds (the star of Hooper) and Farrah Fawcett (who worked with Hal Needham and Burt Reynolds in Cannonball Run), Majors’ ex-wife. hooper-1978 (1)

As a side note, Hal Needham also started using bloopers during the end credits of his films, and this one presented many of the outtakes from several of the stunts. Another “winner of my Best Stunt Awards”, Jackie Chan, saw this technique used when he worked with Hal Needham and Burt Reynolds in Cannonball Run 2 and has used the technique ever since to highlight the stunts by him and the Jackie Chan Stunt Team in his movies. hooper_el_increible_1978_1

In one climactic scene, stuntman A.J. Bakunas jumped from a helicopter at a whopping, world-record-breaking 232 feet onto an air bag. If you take into account that the old-school air bags would lift you 30 feet into the air if not precisely hit, it makes the feat all the more impressive. Hooper was directed by Hal Needham for Warner Bros.Hooper3

Things to look up ( go to IMDB ):

  • Hal Needham
  • Hooper
  • Burt Reynolds
  • Warner Bros.
  • Buddy Joe Hooker
  • Jock Mahoney
  • AJ Bakunas
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