Posted by Kevin Hunter
What’s been going on and where have I been lately? Those are the big questions that people keeping throwing at me. It seems to them I’ve been AWOL, unavailable, unresponsive, and not posting as much as usual. I keep hearing, “Is everything okay? It’s like you disappeared.” I appreciate all of the outpouring messages of concern. Was a little surprised as it never occurred to me that so many people were interested or wondering what happened. I never think of myself on or off the radar. I do my work and live my life without revealing all that much of the day to day happenings. It’s been a busy season full of endings and beginnings, tons of activity brewing behind the scenes.
Over the holidays, one friend gave me a huge Archangel Michael statue, while another gave me this large professional electronic dart board. The interesting dichotomy of those gifts reveal two of the many distinct personalities within me. On the one hand you have the God preaching 🙏 soul enhancing spiritualist surrounded by the Archangel Michael, and on the other hand, I turn into a beer 🍺drinking, sailor cursing, dart 🎯 throwing, frat boy.
Weed is legal in California now, so I smell it everywhere I go. Behind me in the beach photo above unseen are two surfers toking away no longer hiding it as their plant wafts around me in a hug.
I’m known to be somewhat difficult, displaying extreme sides within the span of ten minutes. You never know what you’re going to get. I’m a creative artist and with that comes the temperament expected. On one day I’m the social butterfly and life of the party, or as some friends branded me, “the party favor”, but then on the other you have the withdrawn, distant, moody, cold, and blunt chap who prefers you don’t talk to me unless spoken to.
Someone said to me recently, “What a range of emotions. You don’t bottle up emotions do you?”
I said, “I’m a writer, so I have a healthy outlet for pent up repression.”
Speaking of which, I have some exciting books coming out this year. It’s been a year since my last one, so that’s also added to the concern others had. There were back to back books for years, then I dropped out of sight. The truth is I’ve been super busy lately. The first of the next batch of books is coming this March. I’m excited to share the new material. Stay tuned!
On the other front, it’s been a year of loss, changes, closure, and the ending of many chapters. This is essential in order to open up the door to bright new circumstances being prepped on the horizon.
This past Fall of 2017 has been bathed in loss, but loss is an ending that opens doors to new beginnings. Close ones moved away, people passed away around me, chapters wrapped themselves up. One friend of mine passed away at age 27. He had a seizure and choked on his own vomit and ended up in a coma before the plug was pulled. Two weeks later my friend producer, Kate Guinzburg (pictured), passed away with Ovarian Cancer at age 60.
The two photos on the right I took in 2002 on a little film I associate produced called, “Carolina”, which was financed by the infamous Harvey Weinstein. On the right is producer, Kate, hanging out on set with one of our actresses, Julia Stiles on the left.
Kate was one of the top main people behind the scenes that was responsible for me in a major way all throughout my 20’s. She was actress Michelle Pfeiffer’s best friend for 32 years and her producing partner for their female driven production company Via Rosa for ten years. Six years into their private company, they took a major risk and invited one more person to join their team. Me. This 23 year old rebellious, back talking, drug taking, alcohol drinking, sailor cursing, aggressive, dark, male punk infiltrating into their three women based estrogen filled world. The company was just the four of us until Michelle decided to disband it to go into semi-retirement. Kate, Michelle, and Mary looked at me as their new little brother they took under their wing and molded into the powerhouse I would eventually become.
Kate and Michelle used to have this saying that if either of them became destitute, that they could live on the other ones living room couch. Although, Kate joked that it was unlikely to happen to Michelle. On a professional level, Pfeiffer has made the Hollywood studios more than $2 billion by starring in over 61 films since the 1980’s. Kate watched her best friend rapidly rise the ranks in the Entertainment business where she became public domain. By the time, I walked into their world Michelle was at the height of her game as one of the top 5 most bankable in-demand actress at the time.
Michelle has personally continued to process this death of her best friend, but luckily has been so absorbed with a heavy work load again that it’s helped divert the focus. The picture of Michelle featured in this post was taken the day that Kate passed away. She was forced to put on the professional face, and pretend smile for the cameras, as she attended the Emmy’s due to being nominated for her performance along with Robert DeNiro for HBO’s “The Wizard of Lies”.
Following that, she had to quickly dive into daily press for her film, “Mother!”, which had just come out, and then was immediately scheduled to doing media press for her next film, “Murder on the Orient Express”, then jumped to continue filming for Marvel’s upcoming blockbuster superhero action flick, “The Ant and the Wasp”. She’s been working non-stop in a haze since the death. We’ve all been working to make our peace with Kate’s transition into the spirit world, reminiscing about the good times we had with her, and the important contributions she made for us personally. It was Kate that set Michelle up on a blind date with her current husband of 24 years, David E. Kelley.
Posted by Kevin Hunter
Michelle Pfeiffer is considered one of Hollywood’s great talents. With a body of work that spans over 30 years, she has been Hollywood’s sex symbol for just as long gracing People’s Magazine’s most beautiful people several times. In promotion of her new movie, “The Family” with Robert DeNiro she talks to Ladies Home Journal and explains that she’s glad those days are behind her.
“Having to watch yourself age on a giant movie screen is simply not natural. It can wreak havoc on your psyche,” Pfeiffer, 55, told Ladies Home Journal in its October issue. “Once you get over a certain hump there actually is less pressure [to look a certain way]. You can begin to look great for your age. You don’t have to look young anymore. I’ve moved over to that other side—I’m 55, which is a little too close to 60, but looking great for my age is okay now.”
“My dermatologist said to me once, ‘You know that 10X magnifying mirror that you have in the bathroom? Throw it away’,” she added. “It was the best advice anybody ever gave me. Of course, now my eyes are weaker and I can’t see to put my makeup on without that mirror!”
Another beauty secret, Pfeiffer said, is her vegan diet, which caused her cholesterol to go down 83 points in two months. She also hits the gym five days per week, running and lifting free weights.
“But I haven’t always been healthy,” She admits. “When I was in my 20’s I smoked two packs of cigarettes a day. I lived on Marlboro Lights and Coca-Cola.”
That was a lifetime ago. When she was in her 40s, Pfeiffer and her writer-producer husband, David E. Kelley, packed up their two children, Claudia Rose, now 20, and John, now 19, and moved from Hollywood to the San Francisco area. The actress also took a break from acting to raise her brood.
“The toughest thing for me has been balancing being a working mom. I learned early on that you can have it all, but you can’t do it all,” she said. “I sacrificed some things in my work to be a better parent—but I also sacrificed some parenting in order to do what I love.”
When she’s not acting, Pfeiffer said that she’s happy painting portraits at home. Now that both of her kids are in college, she’s trying to think of new hobbies.
“Besides working a little more, I don’t know what we’ll do. It’s scary, but it’s also exciting to think about,” she said. “Once I get past the shock of having an empty nest, I’m going to be really happy with my newfound freedom.”
Nine years ago, Pfeiffer took a break from Hollywood. She and her husband, TV writer-producer David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, Boston Legal) packed up their home and moved with their two children, Claudia Rose and John, to San Francisco.
I started working with Michelle Pfeiffer back in 1996 when I was 22 years old. After working at her production company, Via Rosa Productions, for several years she dissolved it. Her reasons were that her heart wasn’t into producing movies. She wanted to spend more time with her family and kids over having a career. Her father had instilled a strong work ethic in her and after he passed away she realized she no longer had anything to prove.
“I started putting caveats on everything – like I’ll do a movie only at a certain time of year, or in a certain location – and I negotiated myself out of work,” she tells the magazine.
“If I was going to do something that took me away from my kids, it had to matter.”
Now that both of her kids are in college, Pfeiffer returns to the big screen this month opposite Robert De Niro in The Family a black comedy about a Brooklyn mobster who enters a witness-protection program.
And despite her looks and status as a Hollywood A-lister, the Oscar-nominated actress admits even she feels vulnerable from time to time.
“I still think I’m going to be fired in the first week of every new job I take,” she says. “Always. In fact, before I even start a movie I’ll try to get myself fired or think of a reason I should quit. I guess it’s fear of failure.”
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