Last night, I took a boat ride with about 15 other festival attendees to an island where a super nice house waited for us, with dinner and drinks. After a few drinks, dinner started and at a very large dining room table, where I sat with Peter Riegert (he actually sat right across from me). Also at the table was director Annie Griffin (Festival), director Steven Lewis Simpson (Retribution) and a cast of others.
The conversation was interesting but at one point, I made mention to a “character actor” and Riegert then asks me, “Aren’t all actors playing a character?” True that (double true), and for a brief second I felt a tad stupid, but what can you. Yes, all actors are playing characters but only a select few are character actors. To me, what earns you that title, is the ability to stand against type casting, by playing roles that are totally different than one prior. But that’s just me.
The Bermuda International Film Festival has been a great ride so far. I have met so many cool people as the environment is much more personal, unlike, say Sundance. Everyone here as been great and I look forward to my last 4 days here.
Took some time away from the cinema today to do some sight-seeing. Dean, an amazing driver for the festival, took me a few other guys around the entire island almost. We saw beautiful houses owned by rich people (even a house that cost 45 million dollars).
Here is me on a beach somewhere in Bermuda. It may look a bit odd, as I am not sure the proper setting of the height and width (Mark, can you help me out with that?).
When the festival is over and I am back in the states, look out for my closing piece on the festival that will have a lot more exciting pictures than that.
Posted on March 22, 2006 in Blogs by Michael Ferraro
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