LA.COMFIDENTIAL > CELEBS.Call him Mr. Economical
Why does indie writer/director John Sayles have a cameo in his film "Honeydripper," which depicts the early days of rock 'n' roll rock 'n' roll: see rock music. and stars a piano-playing Danny Glover? Did he give himself the part to justify his tribute from the American Cinematheque The American Cinematheque is an independent, non-profit cultural organization in Los Angeles dedicated exclusively to the public presentation of the Moving Image in all its forms. It is considered among the premier organizations of its kind in America. at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica Santa Monica (săn`tə mŏn`ĭkə), city (1990 pop. 86,905), Los Angeles co., S Calif., on Santa Monica Bay; inc. 1886. Tourism and retailing are important, and the city has motion-picture, biotechnology, and software industries. planned for early next month? Or was he inspired by the American Maverick Award he'll pick up at the Palm Springs Film Festival on Jan. 6?
Nothing quite so calculating.
"I was just trying to avoid buying a plane ticket for another actor to save some money," explains Sayles, 57, about the small role in his 16th feature that opens Friday. "I wasn't trying to be Alfred Hitchcock."
Sayles, who again teams with producer/partner Maggi Renzi, is still suspicious of studios and big bucks. But he welcomes free buzz for the film that features Stacy Keach Stacy Keach (born Walter Stacy Keach, Jr. on June 2, 1941 in Savannah, Georgia) is an American actor and narrator. He is most famous for his dramatic roles; however, he has done narration work in educational programming on PBS and the Discovery Channel, as well as some , Mary Steenburgen Mary Steenburgen (IPA: /ˈstiːnbɜrdʒən/; born February 8, 1953) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. , Yaya DaCosta and Gary Clark Jr.
"We don't have the money to buy ads, and love everything out there that generates publicity," Sayles said. "My movies about cultural and social issues will never be supported by studios that have turned the entertainment business into Wal-Mart."
And might not let him do anymore cameos.
(color) John Sayles