Here's your juice Mr Depp...

Trip Start May 21, 2004
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Trip End Dec 15, 2004


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Wednesday, July 7, 2004

The work was quite hard... We were told that we had to give the crew anything they asked for... and yet were also told certain rules about what they could have and when... (e.g. they couldn't have chocolate bars until after 3pm)
Rules were broken and tempers flared... Anita and I kept our cool though and we soon learnt who were the important crew members and who were not...

We also had the added burden of covering up for our bosses... who'd come down to set drunk after lunch... It seemed we'd been hired by a pair of alcoholics... covering up and apologising to other members for their forgetfulness and clumsiness was frustrating... to say the least...

The film industry is a strange area to work in... There is so much arse-kissing

and back-stabbing involved... If there's one thing I learnt about it, it's that it's not what you've trained in, what your skills are, etc... It's who you know... and who you get close to...
Dirty business really...
I think that Anita and I were very lucky to have gotten the work, to get work in films
from a magazine advert...

After a few weeks and one eventful night involving a lot of red wine, Anita and I became a lot closer and it began to seem that we would be working, living and now also "being" together for the six months of the shoot... We decided to keep this a secret from our colleague's... OMG we're sooo professional...



The shooting was coming along smoothly and we soon got to know everyone's names... there were over 200 crew members... I don't know how many "cheese'n'am" toasties and cappucino's I made in those days...
I made a fair few espresso's for one of my favourite Australian actor's, Noah Taylor.

He was playing Charlie Bucket's father in the film...
We got talking quite a few times and he ended up giving me a t-shirt from my favourite of his films: "He Died With A Felafel In His Hand" and also a master copy of the film on video cassette...

Soon Johnny Depp arrived on set and with him came his personal trainer, who was preparing him for his roles on Pirates of the Carribean 2&3...

Dan(dubbed "Dan the Man" by us) is a 40+ year old, leather-skin-bound, white-teeth-gleaming, cowboy-hat-wearing "gentleman", painfully Californian to boot...

"Hey Gang! Can I get some energy-boosting juices for Johnny?" in a thick shiny Californian Hollywood accent was heard many a time...

He would climb up into the back of our truck and ask for juices to be made up on the spot... most of which had to be prepared from scratch... fruit cut... juiced/blended and served in less than 5 minutes... all of this while the queue outside our window grew ever longer... I get the feeling most of these juices were thrown into the bin by Johnny... Who could blame him... White cabbage, pineapple and beetroot juice?!?!? Yummy!

After a while all Johnny ever asked for was a Carrot, Apple and Ginger blend...





Nice and simple...
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