You Heard It Here: Hollywood Pain Part 1

You’ll understand the nature of the title of this post after you read part 2 next month. But until then, I’ll just go into part 1!

Some of you may be aware that people sacrifice for art. My sacrifice wasn’t anything major, it just hurt a little. Since my small cameo appearance on The Thundermans aired 4 days ago I thought I’d give you a little behind the scenes scoop building up to the actual shooting of the scene. Now, if you didn’t see it when it aired originally, you can probably find it in reruns. The show title is “Epic Failerina.”

I appear after the midway point when Phoebe is performing in Swan Lake. BTW – Kira Kosarin is an amazingly talented young lady. A triple threat if there ever was one… but I digress.

So before when we began rehearsal for the week, our producers were talking about who to get for the role of the “Purse Lady.” It was really just an extra roll, but it required special business and direction so that crossed a few union lines. Since I’m still a union member, I told them I’d be happy to rehearse the role to see if it worked and if it was as funny as they hoped. On our first producer’s run-thru on Tuesday afternoon, I hit poor Jack (with a purse) so hard that the producers asked me to do the part for real. (I thought I’d just been doing it strictly for rehearsal purposes.) I was so paranoid about hurting Jack (the actor playing Max), that I pulled my punch a little on the next day’s (Wednesday’s) run-thru and it wasn’t as funny. Lesson learned. Pain is funny.

JackGriffo JacknMe(Here are a couple of shots of Jack on set (and me working with him between scenes).

So my note for Thursday was “Don’t hold back!” The purse they gave me had a metal label on the front and I asked the props department to remove it because I didn’t want to hurt the poor guy. (At least not any more than I had to!) All week long I’d been using a much smaller bag which was easier to use, but for the shooting, I got a bigger bag to hit him with. As I think back on it now, the smaller purse was probably funnier and more “Ruth Buzzi-esque.” Still, I had a great time and it will be fun to watch it play in re-runs.

By the time the week ended, my arm was crazy sore from hitting him all week in rehearsals and take after take after take when we actually shot it. All week long I kept asking Jack if he was okay and all week long he laughed at me because nothing fazed him. That young man is as sturdy as they come. (And also a triple threat, I might add!)

So that was my week. It was tons of fun even though it involved pain. <G>

Now you’ve heard this month’s story of how I delivered pain, but next month you’ll get the other side of the coin when I’m the one that receives the pain. Hope you stop in.

Today’s question… Did you ever deliver pain, whether it was on purpose or accidental? How’d it make you feel?


You Heard It Here: Hollywood Pain Part 1 — 10 Comments

  1. Yes. I have poor perishable vision. I was suppose to be doing a stage slap in the play Dylan. Barry Corbin was playing Dylan long before he became a well know character actor. One night my aim was off and the heel of my hand hit him hard in the jaw. He said he got dizzy for a few seconds. I felt terrible.

    • Hi Susan,
      Oh wow! Ouch! Poor guy. Poor you! Sounds like no one taught him how to snap his head to the side to make it look convincing. Hopefully, you can look back on it and laugh. Thanks for coming by!

  2. Hi Dee J.

    It’s great to pursue what you love, but sometimes…love hurts! 😉 I’ve only had to deliver emotional pain, in the form of writing critiques. I’ve been on the receiving end of this kind of pain plenty of times, so I know it cuts deep to realize a story you’ve struggled to perfect, put your heart & soul into…something you LOVE…falls short of wonderful on someone else’s far more balanced scale.

    Because I’ve been there myself, I approach critiquing much the same way you approached your purse wallop–try to deliver the pain as gently as possible, but without pulling my punches so much I don’t get the job done. It’s a fine line.

    • Hi Samanthe,
      Oh, I so totally hear what you’re saying! You are spot on with the balance of critiquing. But, I honestly feel the pain of a good CP is worth the price if it means we put out stronger books! Thanks for dropping in!

  3. When my first born had jaundice we had to admit him to the hospital and they had to test his blood often to test it. They poked his tiny feet and squeezed drops out of them and I had to hold him as they did it. So, I didn’t administer the pain, but I had to allow it to happen. It was one of the most torturous times of my life. I don’t cry easily, but that made me break down.

    • Hi Kate,
      Ugh, that’s the worst! I remember having to hold my daughter down when they set her broken toe. Same horrible experience. They said the pain shot would hurt nearly as much plus the anxiety of having to wait 15 minutes for it to take effect before they yanked her toe back into place. There was no winning. I’m glad she survived it. LOL. (Better than I did, I think!) Thanks for stopping in!

  4. I’m a retired nurse, I know how to deliver pain. Lol I once tried to spank my daughter for shoplifting ( at the age of three). Couldn’t do it very well and we both agreed it happened and it was time to move on. Hitting doesn’t come natural to me thank goodness!

    • Hi Lynne,
      Yeah… I spanked my daughter once at about the same age and didn’t like the feeling at all. I never did it again. Not to say that hitting doesn’t come natural to me, LOL, since my sister and I used to have some knock down drag out fights. But I’m not good at hitting kids. Haha.

  5. Always fun to read of your Hollywood adventures, Dee J. even if some involve inflicting pain. 🙂 I’m like Lynne, an ex-RN, so yeah, I’ve delivered pain in my life but always with the intention of a successful healing result. Eventually.

    • Hi Robena,
      Glad you’ve enjoyed the stories! The next one involves receiving pain. LOL. And it’s a doozie! At least you knew you were inflicting pain for the better good. I would think that makes it much easier to dish out. Thanks for dropping in!