Let's all go to the lobby, let's all go to the lobby, let's all go to the lobby, and buy ourselves some crack!
I don't know about you guys, But I hate going to the movies. I hate the cost of the ticket, I hate the cost of the popcorn. I hate the commercials before the previews. I hate the temperature in the theater. I hate the sticky floor, I hate the uncomfortable seating. But, I mostly hate that they let other people in to see the movie.
I've only seen two movies in a theater this century. The remake of True Grit and Cars 2. Both because I was on dates, and the woman I was seeing wanted to go.
However, my distaste for going to the movies has nothing to do with todays post. I just felt like complaining.
There are about a gajillion odd things I could post about movies here. But I'm going to limit myself to two. (If someone said that to you, you could then respond, 'I'll limit myself to two too.' An acceptable use of all three spellings in a row.)
There may be odder facts out there that are movie related, but I don't care. These are the two I picked, so there the two you get today! Deal with it.
The first has to do with Graumans Chinese Theater. Hollywood starts have a history of putting their foot prints and hand prints in cement outside the theater. It's a sign that you've really made it for an actor or actress. Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford were the first two chosen for the honor of placing their prints.
But, they weren't the first prints.
See, in 1927, while the theater was under construction, actress Norma Talmadge stumbled into the freshly laid cement outside the theater. This gave the owners of the theater an idea of how to attract people to their new theater.
So, the time honored tradition of dipping celebs into the cement started by accident.
The second odd thing has to do with one of the many beautiful ladies that have been hired throughout the years to be scenery in movies. The one we're discussing today is a Bond girl.
In 1981, For Your Eyes Only was released. The actress in question wasn't really an actress, though. She was a model. And she was hired to be one of the pool girls. Her job was to lounge in a bathing suit and look sexy. Her mane is Caroline Cossey, and she did her job very well.
She was 26 when she was cast in the role. But, had the producers known, she probably wouldn't have been hired.
In 1972 she changed her name to Caroline. Her birth name? Barry Kenneth Cossey. She underwent the sex change in 1974.
Cossey was born with a are genetic disorder called Klinefelters Syndrome. It's victims don'y have the usual XX or XY chromosome pairing. They typically have an XXY match. Caroline was born with the rarer XXXY variant.
So there you have it. Two odd things about Hollywood you probably haven't heard of before. Unless you have. In which case, I'm telling you something you already know. But I don't care. Sometimes you hear about something but then forget about it. My re-telling you might make you remember. So I helped. (just like the gap-toothed girl in the old Shake and Bake commercials. "And I helped!")
I hope you all have a good weekend, but I hope I have more fun. I don't wish any of you to have a bad weekend, and I want you all to have fun, I'm just greedy and I want to have more fun than all of you.