The Kleenex labrador (see Blog 2) gets Maestro Molino’s stamp of approval on his first day.
There’s a lot of discussion about the final scene in which George shoots Lennie in the back of the head.
‘I’d like lots of blood, why can’t we have one of those exploding blood plasters?’ asks deputy stage manager Garry Alcorn who clearly wants a Tarantino effect.
‘Do you think it’s possible that Lennie would stand up and turn around after being shot at point blank range?’ Maestro Molino asks politely.
‘Remember that woman in the US who was shot recently at close range five times and she’s now walking and talking?’ Bruce counters, referring to the miraculous recovery of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
‘Mythbusters did a program about it,’ says Chrissie, inadvertently betraying her viewing habits.
‘Those rifles look a bit new, we better kick them around a bit to age them,’ she adds while Barry tries out a Luger for size.
‘We have to get the gunshot exactly right, not just the timing, but the smoke,’ insists Bruce.
‘If it doesn’t sound and look right we’re history.’
Some things are easier in the movies.