Part two of three
(Nov. 12-Dec. 9)Screenwriter-producer-actor L.M. Kit Carson tackles his first season as an Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences voter, having recently been inducted into the writers branch. Click here to read part one. This rookie writer-member of the Academy questions a lot. I enjoy the lift of finding out what I don’t know. So it’s easy for me to ask about anything. Q-Man — my son says it’s always been my ID. Do it all the time — even if it’s only throwing the slang: What’s up/what’s hot/what’s not? Going to the L.A. pre-Oscar buzz-battle parties, Q-Man enjoys the kick of asking the too-obvious Oscar question No. 1: Who’s got the score to win? Because here I’m also enjoying finding a shock: At most pre-Oscar buzz-battle parties, the too-obvious “Oscar” question No. 2 slams back at you fast: Who the f*ck’re you to know the score? (Ah: Who the f*ck’re you? — the favorite Hollywood game — want to play? No one wins.) Recently, I ran into Robert Redford, hosting a “Motorcycle Diaries” party. And Redford (a long friend, back to the Sundance Kidder) double-takes to see me in the group — but right away grabs me sideways into a bear hug. Swings around joking on me “This is Kit, one of the craziest writer-guys I know — who let him in?” to “Motorcycle Diaries” director Walter Salles — who keeps the joking going — “Guess we always want to know more crazy writers. Kit meet Che,” to his star Gael Garcia Bernal, who caps the me-as-joke: “Hey I acted once in a movie the role of a crazy guy named Kit!” And funny, now I suddenly remember an old, bad meeting at Paramount. “Maybe you don’t get it,” tipped semilegendary studio boss Dawn Steel to me, “the ‘story’ is anybody, but what clicks here is ‘what’s your pitch?’ Meaning you make that real simple.” Dawn Steel’s advice didn’t click me on that project — make myself “simple” — somehow never could figure me that simple.