Friday morning I took the #1 subway line to meet the film crew for IKE TALKS TO GOD at the corner of 122nd Street and Riverside Drive.
It was a beautiful day. Because I had the flu, fevers, chills, was nauseated and felt like dying I’d taken drugs that basically meant I felt no pain, nor my face or anything I touched.
Eli Shapiro auditioned me for this cameo role in his comedy film nearly two months ago and there was no way I was going to tell him about this minor medical inconvenience.
In the entertainment world the motto is ‘If you’re not in the hospital, show up.’ So I showed up and sat in the sunshine next to this 1800’s stone column building.
I noticed tour buses cruising the street, and even tour groups getting out and taking pictures. There was no parking lot, no fences or billboards, and nobody standing around collecting money. I snorted to myself ‘What is this, Grant’s Tomb?’
After a while as the drugs took a firmer grip I stood up and noticed the National Park Service Flag waving in the breeze and then saw the sign: It’s Grant’s Tomb. (Grant’s Monument, actually.) I started convulsing with laughter. The film crew were busy doing something else; I doubt they noticed.
We filmed my scene in front of the steps of Grant’s Tomb. It’s going to look totally awesome in the film.
Between takes I went inside and checked things out. And the building was heated, which felt like heaven since it was a cold morning. So the famous question:
Q: What’s inside Grant’s Tomb?
A: A cute and friendly National Park Service employee.
I plan to go back for a more personal tour.