1/21/15

Life In Hollywood

This is the beginning of a new series called Life In Hollywood.

By Diliff (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons

HOW did I start blogging? I’m glad you asked.

While working in Los Angeles as a film and television extra way back at the turn of the century, I found that people actually liked hearing the stories of my experience on set.

The thrilling part for me was telling a story and not having someone’s eyes glaze over; they seemed to like hearing the behind-the-camera stuff. My stories from Hollywood were so popular that I created a website called “LIFE IN HOLLYWOOD,” which eventually contained every tale I told while having dinner with a friend, hanging out in some social setting, or getting to know someone.

In 2003, right around the time blogging was getting popular, someone suggested I just make the website into a blog, so that’s what I did. “The Chronicles of Rhodester” was born, which initially consisted of those Hollywood stories. A few years in, the name was changed to “The Rhodester Chronicles” and – after numerous incarnations – here we are.

I realize there isn’t much in the archives for a blog that’s been around since 2003, but some a few of the old Hollywood stories are still here, rewritten and reposted:

The day I almost killed Gwyneth Paltrow
Me and Joss (on meeting Joss Whedon and not realizing it)
The Weirdest Directions I Ever Gave

Yep, that’s it. Pathetic, eh?

So, I’ve decided to resurrect some of the tantalizing tales that’ve been long gone, and put up a few that I’ve never posted, in a new series called – appropriately – LIFE IN HOLLYWOOD.

I’ll link each one to another story in the series starting with the next post, which is about meeting this guy one day:

Do you recognize him?

If you don’t, I’d ask how things are on that deserted island. (Also, how’s Wilson?) Stephen Tobolowsky never has been a leading man but, good golly, he sure has worked a lot as a character actor – which may be an understatement.

One time on set he gave an account of running into an autograph seeker while grocery shopping, and she wasn’t exactly a run-of-the-mill fan. That story is next.



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