I spent the weekend with actor Dave Prowse (Darth Vader) and actress Cindy Morgan (Lacy Underall in Caddyshack). My good friend, Gary Wood, invited me to participate in a weekend of filmmaking as he directs his second film, Open Mic'ers.
When I arrived on the set Saturday, Gary had an assignment lined up. "Can you take Dave to lunch?"
A fan had won a charity auction to have lunch with David Prowse, the man behind the mask of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy. I escorted Mr. Prowse to the restaurant where we all met for a nice lunch at C.R. Heroes.
After taking Dave Prowse back to his hotel, I returned to the set. That evening, Gary, his son Taylor, Dave and I went to a screening of Gary's first movie "Saving Star Wars" where Dave and Gary spoke. Between the two screenings we had hours of down time, just Gary, Taylor, Dave and me in a conference room with food, drink and conversation.
The next day, on the set, there was a birthday picnic for Gary. Dave Prowse and Cindy Morgan joined us. Then it was back to filming. Cindy shared a Baby Ruth (see Caddyshack) and David filmed an interview about his involvement with Monty Python members, The Goodies and Benny Hill. Incidentally, David was in the most famous of Benny Hill skits, the "wishing well" scene.
After shooting wrapped for the weekend Sunday night, seven of us went out to dinner -- including Gary, Dave and Cindy.
So I didn't just meet Dave Prowse and Cindy Morgan -- I actually spent the weekend and had quality time with them! Most importantly, I was able to help out Gary on his latest film, and we had the opportunity to catch-up ... and work on the feature-length screenplay we're writing.
For more about Gary's award-winning first film, featuring Dave Prowse, visit the movie's website.http://www.savingstarwars.com/