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Well that Sexy Male Young Movie Starr is pestering me yet again. Call-In Service text-confirms booking for 2 more days on His Latest Comedy Opus. Rumor around set is his other Major Co-Stars cannot live without me either. Cue Bars to sing “Popular”.  A guy can dream can’t he? What?

I am yet again playing a Trendy Gay Costumer (per Cousin Andy…”Quite a Stretch”….he also suggests I “complain to the guild”).  Here are 2 of my Background Performer Outfits for 2 different scenes (my Own Approved Clothes + their Oscar Winning Head of Wardrobe Team’s Colorful Tie Selections).

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Latest Fashion Tip…unbutton the top button on your vests & button up the rest. You’ll see this all over the Fall. Trust me. And stop tucking your Tee Shirts just into the front of your jeans. So 8 months ago. Wake up.

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Full Circle…I am working on the same Sound Stage that in 1966 my Dear Old Dad arranged for a Private Family Tour of TV’s Long Running Western Smash BONANZA (thank you Studio Ops for the ‘Films Shot on this Stage’ Plaques). These signs are right by each Giant Elephant Door …all over this Historic Lot (opened 1922). Pop was writing 2 movies for Sid Caesar back then and pulled strings (Dad still lunches with Sid, Carl Reiner, Monty Hall, LAUGH-IN’s Gary Owen and other Show Biz Buds).  After we walked down Fake Virginia City Western Street with Huge Paper Mache Mountain behind it we walked On-Stage. I remember at 11 years old asking why “Hop Sing” (the Cook on the show) had a bedroom door that opened onto a blank wall, not the Cartwright’s actual Ponderosa Ranch Kitchen Set, like on TV. After watching several takes, it all was explained & I learned how scenes are shot out-of-order and later glued together to make sense. My 1st Ahh-Haa-Haa Hollywood Moment. Who knew?

The movie I’m in features a Spoof High School Musical Motif. I am told to pretend I am in this Movie-within-a Movie’s Production Crew Wardrobe Department. And the real Production Team is directing all us Extras to play them as they really are…sort of. I meet the Real Wardrobe Guy that they hired me to look like. He was not wearing upscale jeans, a tie, shirt & vest.  He is dressed comfy cozy. Evidentally I am the Hipper Dressier Version of him and he knows it and loves it. Every time I’ve worked with this Crew people mistake me for him. We get paid to watch an actual full blown All Singing All Dancing All Playback Lip-Syncing Number with the Hottest of the Hot Young So-You-Think-You-Can-Dancer Types (many of these Talented Kids are recognizable). That’s me way over there dragging the Clothes-Rack filled with Short Short Cheerleader Uniforms after the Director yells “Background ACTION!” Really. What a total blast. And in the same Sound Stage I walked onto over 40 years ago as a child. Color me wowed.

I know many of the folks from previous jobs and we are in “Holding” on another Sound Stage. The same Stage my Dad worked on when he wrote for THE BRADY BUNCH (and no they didn’t serve us Pork Chops & Applesauce so don’t ask). Talk about coming Full Circle. As Babs’ Fanny Brice would say “Vat a day I had today.”

Check out my Dad Ben Starr’s amazing Producer/Writer Career on IMDb:

If you can see, here’s the stage 411!

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12 Responses to “Full Bonanza”

  1. John Starr says:

    P.S. I worked 5 days on this above mentioned movie and last night the Big Shot Director pulled me out of the Background and gave me 2 lines!! I’ll tell you all about it in my next blog.

    Stay tuned to Johnny Extra…please!

  2. Chris Lind says:

    Oh, now it’s TWO lines! “All good things come to those who can just…wait…”. xxoo

  3. John Starr says:

    To: Chris Lind…

    First Take was 2 lines. Second Take 1 line. Holding breathe by Editing Room Door listening for my bit to hit the Floor.

    Cross your fingers the kid stays in the picture!

  4. Color me proud! I have no memory of the Bonanza tour. But if you tell me I was there, too, I believe you.

  5. admin says:

    You are AWESOME! 🙂

  6. Laurie Morgan says:

    I adore your blogs, but for some reason I never see the pictures. The only ones that come through are you and below that you with Lucky.

  7. Kami says:

    John, I LOVE your blogs! Thank you so much for putting me on your mailing list. Congrats again on your wonderful fortune the other day! I had such a blast working with you. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for more bookings together. Next time, you may have your own trailer! Can’t wait to read more! 🙂

  8. John Starr says:

    Laurie- please see your personal IT Team to resolve this issue. In other words this is not my table. Sorry Charlie…

  9. John Starr says:

    To Kami – I loved working with you on this too and appreciate your gracious support!

    To Laurie Morgan again – Just to confirm what I responded to above…sorry I can’t help with your computer issue not reading the pics on my blog…this unfortunately has to do with your end and probably can only be fixed by an IT expert. Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful (& not a Techy!).

    John Starr

  10. Junko Tanaka (Tokyo-Japan) says:

    Hey John,

    You are doing great and are looking great!


  11. Shelby says:

    Enjoyed reading this weeks blog, as always. Very witty and fun, and unique as well, I’m sure.

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