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January 27, 2010

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There's so much in this post I'd love to know more about. For starters, there's the strange intimacy that must develop among those who work together on film and how you cope when it's over. And that movie had so many intense moments - I remember them to this day. And yes, the experience of watching yourself, and your younger self especially . . .
I met Pat Conroy in Washington D.C. several years ago while there for a literacy event. I was with David and David's mom (then 80+). Conroy was a speaker and he told a moving story about how as a boy he learned about the Nazi's from his mother and the impression this history made on him. Anyway, after he was done and besieged by fans, David's mother had a chance to tell him that she was a refugee from the Nazi's and that her parents were killed by them. He leaned in close to her, took her hands in his and listened intently to her as she spoke, giving her his full attention even though so many others were clamoring for it. Thanks for reminding me of this. Congratulations on being part of that fine film. Stacey


I'm not surprised to hear about Pat's connection with David's mom regarding her survivor story.  He's gracious with each and every person who approaches him.  And to answer your question about how actors deal with the inevitable loss of daily contact with our colleagues when we return to our daily lives, we stay in touch with those we can and miss those we no longer see daily.  But when we reunite it's like it was and we love each other for it.

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