The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 23, 1996 · Page 27
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THE SALINA JOURNAL APPLAUSE WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 23, 1996 3 GEENA DAVIS ONCE AGAIN ENJOYS SMASHING SCREEN STEREOTYPES By MICHAEL H. PRICE Fort Worth Star-Telegram DALLAS — Geena Davis sums up her movie-star approach and appeal as well as anyone. "Well, why don't we see what else a woman can get away with on screen?," she asked. "These are widely accepted 'men's start out." Hoffman has said in recent years, "I always knew that movie' genres. And the 'guys' Davis ' w . d r uldturnouttobe •^ 7 • somebody. haven t topped themselves at their Davis proceeded through such important genre pictures as "Beetlejuice" (1988) and David Cronenberg's "The Fly" (1986), the latter starring her own game in a long time. So what if we were to shake them up a little, In her 14-year career, Davis or maybe a lot, bit taking the action onetime husband Jeff Gold- tntttO f 1 /^ V\rt«Trt f\r\rli f,n4-nrl It nw> ,n« *-^ ' *^ *"^ It1*iw*« f^n*-*rt»» »•» <-» *V\ 1V* r» 4- f\ A QOCllfffl — seems to have dedicated her ca- f ., . reer to smashing stereotypes. J'tlTYl VYllO d The current target is the traditionally masculine action genre, which gets a jolt from Davis and her husband, director Renny Harlin, in "The Long Kiss Goodnight." Last time out, it was 1995's "Cutthroat Island," a curiously old-fashioned piracy adventure with Davis as one of the lead swashbucklers. "These are widely accepted 'men's movie' genres," Davis, 39, said during a recent visit to Planet Hollywood in Dallas. "And the 'guys' haven't topped themselves at their own game in; a long time. So what if we were to shake them up a little, or maybe a lot, by taking the action film into a logical next phase?" The idea is scarcely new. Jamie Lee Curtis in "Blue Steel" (1990) comes to mind, and ditto "La Femme Nikita" (France; 1991) and its Hollywood remake, "Point of No Return" (1993). This is not to mention Davis' own co-starring effort with Susan Sarandon, the ac- tionful road movie "Thelma and Louise" (1991). But Harlin and Davis bring a remarkable intensity and comic sensibility to "The Long Kiss Goodnight," as well as a resourceful tendency to tap other genres, from film noir to the warm fuzzies. Their filmmaking partnership dates from the 1994 comedy "Speechless," and Harlin's work over the long stretch shows a willingness to cram 20 pounds of action into a five- pound movie. "Shane Black wrote The Long Kiss Goodnight' for a woman to play the lead in the first place," Davis said. "If anything, the original screenplay contained more action — wall-to-wall — than what we ended up with. "But the solid characterizations were also there to start with — the unlikely partnerships and what-have-you — and 1 contend that if you took out all the action, this story would still stand as a solid piece of writing." Black's original screenplay, a far cry from his famous "Lethal Weapon" situations, calls for . UCXt - Geena Davis, actress single-mother schoolteacher Samantha Caine (Davis) to begin a gradual awakening from the amnesia that has gripped her for eight years. Every reputable private eye she has hired has given up in frustration, but a seedy investigator named Mitch Henessey, played by Samuel L. Jackson, turns up vital clues just as Samantha starts remembering on her own. What their digging reveals is a violent past, secret identity and all, that might make James Bond look like a dabbler. "This was an opportunity to play one of the most multifaceted characters I have discovered in a long time," Davis said. "It's like playing someone with a split personality where the two sides are at war.' One believes in intimacy, warmth, hope and love. The other negates everything that has to do with vulnerability." Once the climactic plot is uncovered - a devastating act of terrorism, "The Long Kiss Goodnight" escalates into elaborate mayhem. Combat expert Mitch Gould, who helped to supervise fight choreography, said he was impressed with Davis' athleticism. "The one thing you've got to have is the raw ability," Gould said. "Geena's got the ability to shoot and the ability to move. If she trained on a regular basis with the pistols, she could probably be competitive with some of the better international shooters." Not that competitive shooting is high on Davis' list of priorities. "I've got my collections to keep my free tune occupied," Davis said. An inveterate collector of gizmos since her modeling days, Davis specializes in what she calls strange, useless gadgets. "You know how you place a catalog order and suddenly you're getting millions of catalogs from all over? That's me," she said. "I'm getting maybe 20 a day, and they're full of strange stuff. "Well, let me see. There's the tie clip that opens into a wind screen for your necktie so you won't get soup on your tie while dining. Oh, and there's the spaghetti fork with a crank, to wind your pasta.... It goes on and on, always some crazy new invention that somebody thinks is going to change the world." 'TOOTSIE' ROLE Davis was doing "living mannequin" assignments for the fashion-retail trade when she landed her first movie role, a soap-opera actress named April in Sydney Pollack's "Tootsie" (1983), starring Dustin Hoffman as a struggling actor who impersonates an actress. "I'd never even been on a movie set," she said. "I was terrified there at first on Tootsie.' Intimidated, I guess you could say. Afraid I'd do something wrong, afraid of people getting angry with me. "So it was Dustin Hoffman who came along to put me at ease and make certain I wasn't scared by the experience. You'd think he'd have more important things to do, being the star, but he made it a point to get me through the experience and make it a pleasant one. He became a kind of mentor, and I can't think of a better way to blum; Oscar-nominated assignments in "The Accidental Tourist" (1988), as an unconventional pet trainer, and "Thelma and Louise" (1991), as an outlaw-by-accident; and a reunion with Hoffman on "Hero" (1992). The Davis-Harlin company, The Forge, has a long-term arrangement with New Line Cinema that is expected to deliver a science-fiction thriller, "Exit Zero," as its next production. Harlin will direct that title, but Davis expects to be acting in some other film. "Actually, I've got several options in development at The Forge, and I'm just not settled on which to do ... probably something outside the action field, now. A little distance, breathing room, a little perspective, and I'll be ready to go out and defy some more expectations," she said. j EJ^CountryOub , l Special Year End Golf Promotion i For A Limited Time Only! Drive With Confidence... BENNETT AlfTOPlEX, MCX 913-823-6372 or 1-800-569-5653 651 S. Ohio. Salina FLUSH COOLING SYSTEM Backflushes cooling system to remove deposits, scale and corrosion. • Recycled fluid provides superior corrosion protection for todays aluminum engines. • Pressure tests entire cooling system. • Eliminates disposal and pollution problems. Drains cooling system to facilitate repairs. We Now Accept The NAPACARD Auto & Truck Repair Service 2259-A Centennial Road / Sallna / (913) 823-9732 Thursday, Friday, Saturday Oct. 24th, 25th and 26th 90% OFF Suggested Dept. Store Retail Prices Gigantic Clothing Sale! 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Kevin Owens, Club Manager (913) 827-7474 Robert Overgard, PGA Golf Pro (913) 827-8585 Join Us For Chamber After-Hours October 27 Quilters Guild "For The Love Of Quilts" 16th Annual Quilt Show Friday Oct. 25,10:30 AM -12:30 PM Call for Free Tlcket(s) 825-6273 corner of South &: Clark, Sallna B0 Saturday, October 26,10 am - 5 pm Luncheon & Fashion Show at Noon (Luncheon Registration due by October 21st) * Mini Quilt Auction 2 pm * IB Sunday, October 27, Noon - 5 pm * Merchants Mall Both Days * $3.00 General Admission (quilt show only) $12.00 Luncheon, Fashion Show, Auction & Gen. Adm. Additional Information: 825-5963 or 827-4289 All evenu will be held at the Bicentennial Center In Stllna, KS ** Salina Journal INTRODUCTORY OFFER 2 Months For MS" We Guarantee: • 6:30 a.m. Weekday Delivery • 7:00 a.m. Weekend and Holiday Delivery • Porch Delivery Act Now and Save 62% OFF The News Stand Price 'INTRODUCTORY Ol I I K I OK IIOMK DKUVI.UKD NON-Sl I*S( KIIU KS O\l A I j Name_ I Address City Offer Not Valid for Mail Delivery Phone ( ). .State. JZip. I Customer Signature | Q|Discover QjMastercard QVisa Card #_ j Payment must accompany the order. Credit Card Amount $_ _Exp. Date. I offer expires Nov. 30, 1996 Salina Journal 333 S. 4th Salina, KS 67401 823-6363 /1-800-827-6363

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