Pigs Might Fly
Me and a prosthetic pig, made for NANNY MCPHEE AND THE BIG BANG (but never used).
Photo by Sue Osmond. Possibly the best picture I’ve ever been in.
Emma Thompson is a big fat liar!
Here she is talking about the field of barley grown for her (very enjoyable) new movie:
“Afterwards they harvested it by hand. It had to look like it was harvested in the era the movie’s set in. Now it’s all been sold, because I think it was about £11,000 worth of barley that was there. I said, ‘Can’t we make Nanny McPhee beer?’ But they told me that was inappropriate. So they sold it to thatchers.”
In fact, all the barley rotted as soon as it was harvested.
The pigs used on the movie were successfully recycled, however. As sausages. It’s true! They could only shoot the piglets for a few weeks each, as they grew too fast, so they had a constant influx of fresh piggies and the overgrown ones went back to the farm and hence into the food chain. Hearing about how bright and cooperative the pigs were on set, hitting their marks and learning their lines (“Oink!” isn’t too hard to memorize, but I bet Val Kilmer could still screw it up), so that the prefab prosthetic porkers were barely needed, it’s enough to make me contemplate giving up bacon. I mean, who eats actors for breakfast? Now that Otto Preminger’s gone?