…ever wondered what it feels like to be most actors? You’ll know after this. –Paste Magazine
We have been waiting and waiting and now it is here! No Pay, Nudity will open in Los Angeles this Friday and will go on to screen at many theaters in the US afterwards.
After the screening in LA, there will be a Question and Answer session, with director Lee Wilkof and cast members. There is no word yet about Gabriel Byrne attending, so stay tuned!
The film participated in several festivals over the summer and received positive responses from everyone. Now that it is officially opening in the US, more reviews will follow and you will see them here, of course.
This review from Paste Magazine is full of praise for the film, its story, the acting, and the tone it achieves. I loved the first two paragraphs so much I decided to include them here, but be sure to read the entire review. Glowing!
Pretty much all “creative” people, get The Talk at some point. From a teacher. A mentor. An older friend. Our parents. All of the above. The Talk is about how, no matter how much you love it, trying to make a living as an actor, a musician—a writer—will devour you like something out of HP Lovecraft and you should run screaming while you still have the ability to run, because your knees will wear out from all the time you spend on them, begging, or—you know. Usually there is a line in there to the effect of “If you can think of one single thing you could be happy doing—one single other thing—for God’s sake do that.”
In No Pay, Nudity, Lester Rosenthal (played superbly by the incomparable Gabriel Byrne) is an actor who was told that, once. He didn’t listen. He joined the tenacious ranks of the asbestos-coated souls who don’t care what it costs them, the people who either have incredibly fracture-proof patellas or we seriously, truly, for reals couldn’t imagine ourselves being happy doing anything else. The epic asshole that is Art in a Capitalist Economy? It not only doesn’t give a shit about your talent. It has no respect for your loyalty or devotion or work ethic, and it lets you have the full blast of its fickleness, cruelty, terrifying financial instability and ego-crushing indifference. Over and over.
And, one more time, the trailer!