Three television tales: two are real, one is made up. Correctly guess which person is spinning a yarn and you could win free tickets to The Pantograph Punch event ‘Based on a True Story’.
Our good mates over at The Pantograph Punch are hosting a storytelling event on Friday night in Auckland called ‘Based on a True Story’. Enlisting the help of some of New Zealand’s brightest actors, writers, filmmakers and creative legends, you’ll hear both home truths and damned lies. But which story is which? Is fact crazier than fiction? It’s like an episode of Beyond Belief, but in real life.
The good news is: we have one double pass to give away. All you have to do is correctly identify which story (kindly donated by the event speakers) is faking it, and chuck us a comment below this post. We will draw the winner of the double pass on Thursday afternoon (must live in Auckland or just be really, really keen).
In series three of Outrageous Fortune, my character Loretta was pregnant and suffering from severe morning sickness. One day when we were filming I had a terrible stomach flu, so was also feeling really nauseous.
For the whole scene I had to talk about how sick she felt, and before and after each take I would have to spew violently into a bucket myself.
I was once asked to audition for an ‘African American’ role. This was confusing because I am very white. I assumed this was just a generic audition script and that race wasn’t important. So I went and auditioned for the part of ‘Jamal’ and surprisingly got a call back.
I went to my second audition for ‘Jamal’ – met all the American producers, did my audition, and then didn’t get the part. I found out later that the part was cast with an actual African American.
I once had to interview a person on camera in their living room. Halfway through, her two dogs started making nosies. Not your normal, everyday yipping or barking – it was more like rhythmic huffing through the nose. We turned around and discovered the jack russell and the pug were in the middle of vigorously consummating their relationship.
We certainly couldn’t continue filming while that noise was happening. The interview subject seemed nonplussed and said “they’ll be done in a minute.” We sat there for what seemed like a long time waiting for the vinegar strokes and the eventual uncoupling. “They’re done, little randy shits” said the interview subject. We continued the interview and never mentioned it ever again.
Based on a True Story is on at Q Theatre Loft, Friday August 7 from 9pm. Click here to buy tickets.
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