Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Comeback: "Valerie Cooks in the Desert" * Hq Ws Web Rip*



Lisa Kudrow plays Valerie Cherish in this HBO comedy about the personal and professional travails of a down-and-out actress trying to reprise her former glory. In this episode, Valerie finds herself forced to film a kidnapping scene in the desert, in the trunk of a car thanks to the writer's lackadaisical style. She's seen lying on her side, covered in rubber snakes, with her hands are tied in front with black wire, she is gagged with a wide strip of duct tape.

Trouble with the scene starts almost immediately as the director insists the snakes don't look real and need to be wetted down. She yanks the tape off Valerie's mouth to explain her decision and then re-gags her. The tape goes back all, action is called, the trunk pops open, but the gag has fallen off. Next, the big snake for the scene has fainted from the heat, and they restart again. Then there's a "camera thing" that stops shooting. Then the director decides to put in a few live snakes with Valerie, despite her objections. The snake is put in by Valerie's legs, but the next time the trunk pops open the snake is perched on valerie's shoulder, who stares at it wide-eyed.

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