Yes They Cannes: Producers, Agents Shopping Dallas Buyer's Club 'Round France
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For those needing a refresher, yet again, may I direct your attention to former Observer editor Julie Lyons' story about Woodroof that first appeared in the Dallas Times Herald on September 11, 1990. It's a riveting thriller that begins thusly:
The thin man in gray approached customs with contraband -- 36 vials of a life-renewing drug packed in dry ice in a black leather briefcase -- bound for Dallas.At this very moment, agents and producers are at the Cannes Film Festival attempting to sell the U.S. and international rights. But it's a long way from asking the standard question we love to pose whenever locally based projects are announced: Yes, but will it shoot here? Relativity tells Unfair Park they haven't begun scouting. (When the movie was at Universal, with Brad Pitt attached, producers did visit with Dallas Film Commission officials about making the movie here.) But, hey, Wooderson can always come back to toss balls with Colby Lewis. And, clearly, Hilary Swank has two good reasons to come to Dallas any time she wants.
It should have been easy to slip out of Tokyo, but there were problems. A conspicuous frosty patch had condensed on the surface of the briefcase, and smoke seeped through its sides as dry ice evaporated.
Ron Woodroof, an experienced smuggler, moved fast. He slipped the vials into his pocket and popped open the briefcase for Japanese officials, understandably suspicious of smoking luggage.
"Why are you carrying dry ice around the world?" one asked.
"Would you believe," Woodroof replied, "that it's a fetish of mine?"