Paul F. Tompkins - Blob of Colors

Paul F. Tompkins: Laboring Under Delusions Season 1, Ep 101 04/21/2012 Views: 12,822

While filming "There Will Be Blood," Paul F. Tompkins's co-star Daniel Day-Lewis is seized by the spirit of Thespis. (1:59)

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I HAVE MY THREE LINES,RIGHT,

AND HERE'S THE SCENE.

THERE IS A MEETINGTAKING PLACE,

THE MEETINGDOES NOT GO WELL,

DANIEL DAY-LEWISSTORMS OUT OF THE MEETING.

MY CHARACTER IS SUPPOSEDTO CHASE HIM DOWN

AND GET HIM TO STAYAT THE MEETING.

SPOILER ALERT--HE DOES NOT STAY AT THE MEETING.

YOU'VE HAD TIME TO SEE IT.

SO...

SO WE BEGIN THE SCENE.CAMERAS ARE ROLLING.

DANIEL DAY-LEWIS STORMS OUT.I RUN AFTER HIM.

"PLEASE STAY AT THE MEETING.PLEASE STAY AT THE MEETING.

PLEASE STAY AT THE MEETING."

THE SCENE ENDSWITH DANIEL DAY-LEWIS

WHEELING AROUNDAND YELLING RIGHT IN MY FACE!

[laughter]

BUT IT IS FINALLY OKAY.

I AM FILLED WITH GIDDINESSAS HE DOES IT,

BECAUSE INSIDE,I AM THINKING,

"I AM NOT EVENSUPPOSED TO BE HERE.

I DRINK YOUR MILKSHAKE!"

SO WE DO A FEW MORE TAKES.

WITH EACH SUCCESSIVE TAKE,MY CO-STAR, MR. DAY-LEWIS...

PERHAPS SEIZED BY THE SPIRITOF THESPIS HIMSELF...

HE BEGINS CUTTING ME OFFQUICKER AND QUICKER AND QUICKER,

SO MY THREE SENTENCES END UPBEING, LIKE, ONE AND SOME.

SO, WHEN THE MOVIEIS COMING OUT, I'M THINKING,

"I DON'T KNOW IF I'M GONNA BEIN THIS ONE SO MUCH."

BUT THE SCENE UNFOLDS.OH, THERE I AM.

YES, THAT IS ME,

OVER DANIEL DAY-LEWIS'RIGHT SHOULDER.

THAT OUT-OF-FOCUS BLOB OF COLORSIS PAUL F. TOMPKINS.