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JP Donleavy doesn't think Ginger Man film will be made

Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:14 am
by vermontfudge
Link is to two audio clips of an interview of JP Donleavy, author of The Ginger Man, at the Dublin Writers Festival on June 11. On the second clip, at around 16 minutes in, he says he doesn't think a film of the Ginger Man will ever be made, that its time may have passed something like that. The interviewer at that point says he had earlier spoken of an interesting conversation JP Donleavy had with Johnny, but the two clips are 60 minutes and I haven't listened to all of it, so I don't know what that was about (I just happened to catch the film comment by skipping around)

http://www.rte.ie/arts/2008/0611/theartsshow.html

Here are some pictures of JP Donleavy at the event
http://www.dublinwritersfestival.com/gallery.php

Here's a reference to the event in that Totally Gonzo blog
I met JP Donleavy after the event (briefly) and got him to sign my copy of The Ginger Man. I had a quick second to ask him a question so I enquired as to whether he ever took up Hunters offer to "drop in" if he was ever in Big Sur. The minute I mentioned Hunters name he looked up at me from where he was sitting and said "oh yes" and chuckled to himself and then replied - "No, no, pity, pity," and then laughed again. I had to move off then as there was a HUGE crowd behind me waiting to meet him. For a man of 82 he looks and sounds a lot younger. At the event itself he talked about his book, Johnny Depp and Shane McGowan and various other things. I have a link to where you can hear the whole thing for yourself so I will post that in the blog update ASAP.
http://totallygonzo.2ksite.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=12

Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:11 am
by FANtasticJD
Many thanks for this. It's a real treasure!

Donleavy mentions Johnny at 21 minutes into part 1. It's the story about JD loving Donleavy's story about the dog which jumps out the 17th floor window.

Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:23 am
by vermontfudge
Thanks, fantastic, for finding that!

Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:31 am
by vermontfudge
I didn't expect Donleavy to sound so New York-y

Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:06 am
by Gilbert's Girl
Perhaps he didn't manage to get Johnny to come to his picnic. Well I for one would be happy if Johnny didn't make the film. But I guess for Donleavy its quite sad to realise it may never be made.

Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 5:50 am
by Mrs Pink
Shame if this film doesn't get made, it's a great study of character but not for everyone.

Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:51 am
by DeppInTheHeartOfTexas
Thanks for posting that, vermontfudge. It's a shame if true. :-/

Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:46 pm
by Liz
Interesting clips! I listened to both. I'm sorry that he doubts it will go to film. I would have loved to have seen Johnny as Sebastian Dangerfield. :bawl:

Thanks, vermontfudge for posting the links.

Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:36 pm
by Angelina
Liz wrote: I would have loved to have seen Johnny as Sebastian Dangerfield. :bawl:


Me too. It would be very sorry, if this film won't get made. But to start the film is such hard thing. Johnny last time often says in his interview - "this film was made ten years" or "eight years". The strikes don't help to the process absolutely. :-/
It seems to me, Johnny certainly would make this film, if he could.

Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:03 pm
by Liz
Angelina wrote:
Liz wrote: I would have loved to have seen Johnny as Sebastian Dangerfield. :bawl:


Me too. It would be very sorry, if this film won't get made. But to start the film is such hard thing. Johnny last time often says in his interview - "this film was made ten years" or "eight years". The strikes don't help to the process absolutely. :-/
It seems to me, Johnny certainly would make this film, if he could.


So many films, so little time. :-/

Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:38 pm
by vermontfudge
So many films, so little time.
Yeah, Liz.
That's why these darn strikes are so :censored: frustrating. Movies take so much time, he's getting older, the whole movie star thing seems to be changing, he should be making movies 24/7! Well most of the time anyway. So many interesting opportunities, and these darn strikes just frittering time away. :bawl: