Thanks to the many friends and fans who have subscribed to the blog in the past week. Here’s the second part of my “Final Curly Update.” Click HERE to catch up and read Part I.
The Stone I mentioned with the word “CURLY” written on it had been with me for 7 years, and it it followed me along to several successful callbacks in the casting process for the Farrelly Brothers’ Three Stooges Film.
I knew all along that I would have it with me when I went in last week. The night before, as I was studying lines and doing Stooges research on DVD I read everyone’s words of encouragement on facebook and on this blog and decided that I would use the stone in a brand new way.
I decided to keep the stone in my shoe. I was reminded of two resonant stories. Glenn Morshower used to talk about keeping a secret when he entered an audition. He told a story about how he once poured maple syrup in his shoes before several big auditions and the silly, sticky feeling gave him a reminder that he had the insight on the role and had a little secret, a subtext.
Similarly, in the early days of the Compass Theater (which soon became The Second City), Paul Sills was directing Del Close in a show and asked him to find deeper subtext in a character he had created. One night he absolutely nailed the character and Sills asked him what his subtext was.
Del replied, “Cole Slaw.”
“You mean you thought about Cole Slaw?” his director questioned.
“Then you pictured yourself as cole slaw?”
“No,” the Funniest One in the Room interrupted, and dropped his pants. He had emptied a small cup of cole slaw from a nearby restaurant into his pants.
“It’s Cole Slaw!”
I’ve never been one to use food products to gain a competitive edge. But I had used my lucky stone to gain confidence in the past. I knew that if I put The Stone in my shoe, I’d feel the stone at all times….no matter how nervous or in my head I was.
And I want you to know that you were there with me that day. Just by reading this blog, you were a part of it all.
That stone in my shoe represented all the people who have followed this story since the beginning….all the supportive family members, my fans and faithful friends…Everyone who sent a letter to the Farrelly Brothers, or to 20th Century Fox….people who “liked” the Bill Chott for Curly Page…or showed the You Tube video to their kids.
I never doubted my performance in that final callback because I had the support of so many people. I felt like George Bailey at the end of It’s a Wonderful Life. My foot was planted firmly on The Stone.
It turns out that The Stone wasn’t under my feet as part of the path to the role of Curly…at least not for now. Instead it was the first stone on a brand new path that I’ll walk down proudly with my head held high.
I’ll be wearing it in my shoe for a long time to come at auditions. Maybe I’ll write something new on the stone, who knows? But thanks to you, dear reader, I had the self-confidence and support that was neccessary to show up for that second callback completely in character and I made everyone in that room howl with laughter.
Not bragging, but letting you know how much of a difference you made. I hope you’ll stay subscribed to the blog and join the Bill Chott is Curly page on facebook. Obviously, I’ll be changing the name of the group. But I hope you’ll be able to add your name to the list of people who deserve all the hoorahs for a job well done.
So maybe the job of Curly isn’t mine, but I know I’m ready to give it my all in the most important role of my life…Bill Chott.
Now my job will be to live up to all the faith you’ve instilled in me.