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greetings and salutation. today our watchers let's take a much needed break from the head banging controversy and debt and politics of the day and talk movies now i'm not talking about the latest studio assembly line blockbusters the dazzle v.i.i. but leave us senseless no today let's talk about the ones that stick with us long after the popcorn it's the theater floor since the first faint flickers of light passed through a wide stretch canvas films that have the power to project a mirror to our reality that mirror can make an audience aghast cry love rebel but
most of all and most importantly feel because it's through feeling that we can better understand ourselves and the insane uncontrollable world that surrounds us that my friends is the true power of cinema and every so often a certain movie or film comes along sometimes with great pomp and circumstance and other times with just a mere whisper that contains that magical dare i say supernatural ability to have uniquely captured the feeling of a particular moment in history time and place culture or politics or even just one single person or character that speaks to us all movie studios and conglomerates often spend vast fortunes to capture that elusive feeling that lightning in a bottle but no matter how many millions or hundreds of millions they spend more often than not it just comes down to luck and luck is at the heart of a new film in theaters now aptly titled lucky the story of
a ninety year old atheist living a life of simplicity in a small desert community who after suffering a panic attack in the form of a fall is then forced to confront his end of times. it's the perfect reflection of it if not only its lead actor harry dean stanton but also the state of things today from political upheaval the climate change many believe we too are facing the end of things but like the title of the movie and stephens character we must remember that we are indeed lucky because with every end is a new beginning which is why we are watching the hawks. dealing with the. real thing with. the bottom. like you that i got. this.
week so. well the one the watching the harks i am tired robot or on time top at the wallace loss is something we all struggle with lost friends lie dreams pets all culminating in our own fears of mortality and what will leave behind in the film lucky harry dean stanton character has a simple life of routine and a small desert town and this clip we see lucky telling off someone he feels is taking advantage of his friend howard played by david lynch. that's a bleak is beautiful. along comes from two words all one scene they take. them dry. land bridge will each. come to know his last dime just leave everything to our turtle
tortoise is a terrace you know that someone near your yard that thing was barely a twig when roosevelt was born their contemporaries you know they watched each other growing up. president roosevelt was born in a hole in the desert at that time a little creature smaller than my thumb and something clicked inside that little roosevelt brain and he scampered up out of that hole and faced the world you all think of a tortoise as something slow but i think about the burden he has to carry on his back yes for protection but ultimately it's the coffin he's going to get buried in . and he has to drag that thing around his entire life. go ahead and laugh but he affected me you know what i'm saying he affected me. there are
some things in this universe ladies and gentlemen that are bigger than all of us and that terrace is now. and joining us now from los angeles is one of the screenwriters of lucky longtime assistant and friend to acting legend harry dean stanton welcome logan sparks to the hocks nast welcome and. thanks for having me. to be here with you oh it was logan you know we've all been friends for a long time it was a weird moment now here we are talking about your success with this approach as a writer and producer on the film i want to just tell us how much actual luck went into making lucky. like my football coach used to say i'd rather be lucky than good . we were really lucky at this it helped that we had a i felt like we had a really strong script on our hands and as soon as harry dean said yes i knew that you know it's like getting a leprechaun on your bus like you're going to be lucky from now on. you'd be
surprised the number of people and things that just serendipitously worked out perfectly for this to make it for everything to work out because i mean the man was eighty nine when we began filming you know it was it was a daunting and daunting task from the very beginning but luck was pretty much our our copilot. now we know and harry's harry dean stanton for a long time you were his assistant for more than a decade and most audiences have known his work for more than fifty years what about his performance in lucky surprised even. you know the thing about. about harry winning in his characters is is he has a lot of walls is a very gruff a rough guy at least past characters right travis comes out of the desert and he barely says anything is not very communicative and that's in paris texas and then repo man he's this rough and tumble repo man code. but in lucky the thing that
surprised me most about him that was what's really interesting and unique to this film is how naked he became for us both physically and emotionally and we at the very beginning i was like harry most of your costume is going to be underwear a cowboy hat and some boots and he goes great. and i was it you know no argument because he didn't have to do a lot but what it really said in those scenes when you see him like that you see he has his structure is body and the fact that he's almost like bone stacked on top of one another with the will to live and he just layers lays themself bare to the world naked to the world and it's so moving to me even now especially in light of the recent events it's just so moving that i think that's something you don't really ever see until this until lucky you know divisive and. you know there are so scary political times we live. you know what kind of him side
or were even message do you hope a film like lucky can bring the audiences to. you know it's funny you say that because the thing that you said that really strikes true that was one of the major themes in lucky is fear is fear of the unknown the fear of the void the fear of death all of that and none of us get out of this alive and nobody ever really says it but it's always the elephant in the room that none of us are going to leave this place to live and it's terrifying i mean as a seven year old boy i think i had my first existential crisis to grow up in cave creek arizona and out there it can get really dark at night and and i was terrified of the dark i mean to the point of almost a phobia imagine it took my father was an exploration debate basically threaten me out of it like don't don't wake me up begin or i'll give you something to be afraid of but you know that said we all have these accidents of crisis and given the world now where we're literally every. you see this litany of awful things people are
doing to one another this film is about facing that fear and bringing love to the moment and not religion and organized philosophies but just pure love and it's just that simple powerful things to put all over the world to burn. well you'd be surprised how few people want to see this. just isn't really going to save. most of us sort of want to cover up reality and sugar coat it and one thing about harry dean stanton is characters and hemis person as well as he didn't he didn't live in that world where you sugarcoated there was no butter cream frosting on it there was just this is reality and there's the things you just kind of a stoic and that way there's the things you can control and that things you can't and the things you can't control are just why even bother why even bother with them why even sort of let yourself get stressed out about it what is it about that sort
of existential crisis that it seems like you say that we're all going through what advice you give to writers could seems like that's a really tough thing to write and not come off hokey or cheesy or end up losing yourself in the writing in this film i say this as a friend as as a critic as someone who always has an opinion about every bag this is incredibly beautifully written what do you tell the someone looking to like tell that story and have the storytelling like this what's your advice to young writers. well thank you tabitha that's it's nurturing to hear those kinds of words especially to know that we my writing partner drago and i you know wrote from the heart and we wrote from what we knew we we still a lot we stole a lot of lines from life that affected us. and put them into a context and it was at the risk of sounding hokey in fact when i wrote that the speech there the monologue you heard about tortoises i wrote at my kitchen and with
drago and and at the end of it i was like. ask him you know do you think this is too. boring and cliche and like is anybody going to care about a man talking about his pet tortoise and and we had this discussion that it's bigger than the tortoise you know it's about about the things that you expect in life and how they change unexpectedly and how you deal with it and if you can deal with it in two ways love or or or anger and so you know we broke each scene down like that to kind of give it the litmus test of does this smell real this is the real thing that people would do and that was that that's basically the kind of the advice i've been giving i spoke to us the last night it was really thankful to do that and i was talking to some of the students and that was one of the that was one of the things is not just write what you know but really step back at your ego out of it and say is this real it's a real thing to this world that you're trying to create because if it's not then
there's no place in it for you but the other thing i told these kids last night about writing this was i became obsessed and i don't have a backup plan this is i have no plan b. and when harry was eighty nine he had basically retired and i realized if anybody was going to capture his philosophy we needed to do it now and we didn't want to make a documentary because it already been done with partly fiction which is a beautiful documentary by sophie cuber but that had been done and we wanted to tell and there it of we didn't want to tell harry's story we want to tell lucky story with harry's philosophy. really and if we think you know i have to ask logan you know we were told you know known i would have known harry personally a lot of people know where through his works you know lucky is a brilliant tragically but beautifully phylum film for him to kind of leave us all with. what really in your course of knowing harry what was what did you walk away
with what it was a life for his work working with him lead with you as an artist. well there's the obvious effects that he my life is defined before and after i married again. i was in my twenty's when i met him and i was just you know young and angry and you know wondering why i didn't have a piece of the pie and harry taught me. the lesson of being patient and understanding where you're coming from he always said know your source which which sounds cliche but it really is like shakespeare said to the known self be true cut through your own b.s. and figure out who you are essentially and it took me fifteen years to figure out this is who i was and i needed to tell this story but you know he was also my best man in my wedding and my son's name is stanton and so there's all those effects but but i'll tell you one thing that i learned all the way up until the end i was
biocide all the way to the end and. the thing i learned is nobody at the end of their life ever thought man. i really wished i was going to work more. well and i say that in jest but you know the idea of wasted time you know and harry lived a very deliberate life that he did logan i got to thank you so much for joining us today the screenwriter of the film lucky out this weekend september twenty ninth in select theaters a broader release as we go forward logan sparks thank you so much for coming on the big thank you guys i love you above that i love your show thank you. but as we go to break our quadruped don't forget to let us know what you think of the topics we've covered on facebook and twitter see our poll shows at our t.v. dot com coming up we preview this week's new episode of redacted tonight and say goodbye to legendary film and television actor harry doing stand stay tuned watch in the hall. was
a real irony going. to. responsible points in the people and that's always well that's one of the things that's always seems to. hold still surveillance you feel you have all meanwhile is going to do so as the student has used the cell phone you know like always on this story because it's got a real. all the world this day and all the news companies merely players but what kind of parties aren t. american playing artsy america offers more. in many ways the news landscape is just like the theater and in the end you could never tell when your on some other part could be playing all the world's a stage all the world's a stage all the world and we are definitely a player leg. length
. all the feel we don't need something. every the world should experience sleep and you'll get it on the old the old. the old according to jeff. welcome to my world come along for the. thanks to the invaluable twitter feed of real donald trump or words and valuable on the cable news shows that promote it we as a society know that this week's episode of the culture wars is all about the n.f.l. and. them or lack thereof but in this climate of political outrage and viral mean
culture are we being hoodwinked into someone else's false narrative joining us tonight to preview this week's latest episode of r t s redacted tonight which i assume will tackle this issue our naomi carol bonnie and natalie mcgill thank you so much for coming on as always. will direct museum troll there just go pro you guys keep you on your toes you still work oh what are we missing in this whole n.f.l. the bay. so this weekly does tackle this issue obviously and. you know. but yes we talked about how the corporate media is trying to basically whitewash the taking me taking any of football games and how it's kind of taken on this whole new meaning of resisting when what it was about along with police brutality and equal treatment of people of color in this country and i think it's also funny how fellow owners who gave millions billions of dollars in terms of
campaign. taking a knee when really the only reason they're doing it is because it's affecting their bottom line. that doesn't that doesn't shock me at all i mean the bad that's the thing that really gets under my skin when i saw that i mean you guys are the same people that would put on the field do the same so you know you go on the site and with all that but now you go join arms and you're going to take i mean no no we're all together except for the. troublemakers. and i think the other thing that's funny about. that a lot of the complaints from people who watch the n.f.l. are i really want you to take the politics or it's like i don't like the politics of sports enough like you really do realize that the players that you watching us feel like their entire lives have been affected by politics because of the systemic racism that they face their entire lives which is what this protest but like. my friend i just know my football it's also i think it's not because the people that
are saying like why won't they stand how dare they do that are not sitting in their house they're not getting up off their couch to stand for the national anthem now did you read it was a cracking another beer. we're going to try and i mean my writing. you know even leon. you know you might my father spoke out of this and actually even like you don't even know why we have a national one of the before what is about to do with people playing a football game or a basketball game right even just leave me separate things but i do have a clip we do no no no no. i'm staying on the topic really robin this whole play and all you just work there. from a topic of police tactics here there is a multimillion dollar. chicago over a very similar issue what is this school so yeah so the city of chicago is planning on building a ninety five million dollar police and fire training academy this should be going up by two thousand and twenty i think this is on top of the one and
a half billion dollars a year that they already spent on the chicago police department on top of the half . half a billion that they spent on police brutality cases since two thousand and four so they're a group of activists in the city this coalition of different groups called no complicated me and they recently lobbying against this thing like ninety five billion dollars needs to go into our school system and has to go to mental health centers and he's the go into things that are proven to decrease crime but are chronically underfunded because of a. we state that keeps throwing money at cops who are really bad at their job exactly very out but we say we did have we do have a clip and yes we do have a clip of them so let's talk about the academy would increase police presence in west garfield park one of chicago's poorest neighborhoods comes months after a department of justice report found chicago police are corrupt and mismanaged they
make a dumpster fire look like a labor day cookout so let's hear straight out of wrong how this will lead to more effective community policing into the causes for black neighborhoods so will be a real economic development we'll have people from the suburbs come train here we'll have people from downstate come train here first of all for you will let people from wisconsin in indiana come here and get trained ok. that sounded less like community policing and more like building a community of states that have three tiered cheese curd fountains and family weddings but i got seven people from wisconsin in indiana coming there isn't terrible they're represented by great leaders who have taken a stand against police brutality if you like. no no not him. oh definitely not him are you kidding. ok that's just that's just the indianapolis colts mascot plus he's never run for
office in indiana out probably can't anyway since he has dual citizenship. for some i want that. i was going to what event one and four and he was right in the midwest by late morning. so you just heard. yeah i refer to some holes. this is like you're saying the beaches are police departments across the country basically we're just going to try to become like our own version of the military industrial complex we're just or money into them and they just suck it up and suck it up suck it up meanwhile like they're actual give back to the community and value to the community was balling a broader certain parts of the community let's just say that you know this is. you know it's really it's nuts but on the bright side i heard something coming out of philadelphia yeah not unlikely but. yeah actually philadelphia there is
a success story there they have reduced their prison population by nearly twenty percent in the past two years they've gotten so much bad press so they've decided to do something about and they started to implement really radical programs that reduce the prison population and it looks like they might have a that was a civil rights attorney that defended black lives matter activists and the police seventy five times larry krasner so it looks like philadelphia is really going in the direction of radical reform that we haven't seen around the country to this degree even though they're still the most incarcerated population and they have the highest incarcerated population does baby steps you know you see the state of mind so my point was they're still losing you know there's no matter what really does they will still lose. but they're taking giant strides that they do if there's cheese to. keep you and i'm.
very important that's what's important you know it's very sorry about a liquid bill thank you all for coming today don't mess redacted tonight which airs every friday on r.t.m. america and redacted tonight v.i.p. which features exclusive interviews and panels every thursday on our team america. we are all nothing nothing we do matters the movie of your life is already shot wrapped in the care that was the personal mantra of legendary film and television actor harry dean stanton who just passed who passed away just a few short weeks ago on september fifteenth after ninety one trips around the sun for some that may sound like
a rather grim or cynical outlook on life but for my friend harry believing that we are indeed all nothing gave him a freedom to live life totally honest with himself his work and those of us who had the honor and privilege of knowing him or not of kentucky in one nine hundred twenty six harry dean is considered to be the greatest character actor of not only his generation but multiple generations he carved out an iconic film and television career of over two hundred roles from alien to twin peaks to big love to pretty in pink to paris texas to the green mile to cool hand luke to reap. his final film lucky. i met harry dean when i was nineteen years old at the very beginning of my career when harry was just beginning his seventy's despite the age difference he became one of my best friends in hollywood and taught me more about movies and life . than even he will ever know now almost twenty years later twenty years
later i mourn i mourn the loss of my friend as the as the world mourns the loss of a great actor whose whose work touched to solve even the most remember his face so the character he played with before his name. but that my friends that a true actor will consider is the greatest accomplishment of all far greater personal start of. every being it's not enough it a my great friend my great friend lives on in my heart the hearts of his friends and family and for the rest of the world in the great characters he brought to life . he will always be something not nothing we love you every day thank you for everything. this is just boarded up. on the total bulldozer.
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