Rob Reiner is very much the center of attention at the after-party for Warner’s premiere of “Flipped” at the Arclight tonight.
“This is very much a trip back to growing up in New Rochelle,” he admitted during the bash at La Vida.
“My first love was a girl named Kathy, who had the same kind of curly blonde hair as Hayley Mills. I tried to kiss her when I was 12 and she hit me with her hairbrush. I knew it was love because I was willing to endure physical pain.”
Reiner and Andrew Scheinman adapted Wendelin Van Draanen’s novel after Reiner had spent four years seeking the rights.
“I read it with my son Nick, who’d been assigned it when he was 11 and decided that I had to make the movie,” Reiner recalled.
So Reiner inserted a bit of New Rochelle into the film by naming the key street Bonnie Meadow – which was not only the site of his own boyhood home but also the address for Rob and Laurie Petrie in “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” which his father created.
The pic also gave Reiner the chance to insert his favorite songs from those days. “I got ‘Bird Dog’ in – I am such a fan of the Everlys,” he added.