Taki Taki

High life | 26 May 2012

On board S/Y Bushido


My moment of glory came and went in a jiffy, actually a whole afternoon of filming on board without a single retake, temper tantrum or the expected fight between the star, Alec Baldwin, and yours truly. The name of the movie is Seduced and Abandoned, and it has nothing to do with the Italian golden oldie. It is an original non-fiction story — the great Greek thespian Taki plays himself — of seeking funds for a movie among the labyrinthine circus of the Cannes film festival. Alec and James Toback also play themselves, as does the producer Michael Mailer.

Now, as some of you may remember, I wrote about a totally different project, and how Alec and I would fight for real on the deck and both crash into the sea. This is what the producer had led me to believe, to such an extent, in fact, that the morning before the crew came on board Bushido I did my stretching and some shadow boxing for at least ten minutes in order to be ready. What didn’t help was an email from Sir Roger Moore imploring me to fake the fight as real brawls look phoney and vice versa, ‘and only reapplying the make-up after every dive into the sea will take up most of the day’.

Well, I appreciate Roger’s concern very much, but he had to go on the false info I had fed him. Once the cameras were installed and Alec, Jimmy, Michael and I sat down to lunch on deck, the penny finally dropped and I began to relax. Actually, the wine flowed and I began jabbering away as I have a tendency to do, and the cameras rolled and rolled and now the only question that remains is how much of Taki will end up on the cutting-room floor.

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