The following is an abridged extract from my book – how tom Holland eclipsed his dad –
It is relevantÂ because today, Tom has a meeting in the same private members club as where the meeting I describeÂ in this extract took place. But here the similarity ends.Â Today, my sonÂ is meeting a movie director who was recently listed in Variety Magazine’s 10 most influential people in the world of media – and secondly I am not expecting Tom to have such a rough time.
What follows is a description of what really took place. I have not exaggerated. It was awful at the time – but it serves a purpose now and even makes me smile…
The extractÂ starts afterÂ aÂ disappointing meeting with a film exec in LA…
I donâ€™t think meetings like this are unusual in the film business. In film, if youâ€™re hot, then expect obsequious attention but if youâ€™re not, then get the fuck out of my face. And this is not the worst meeting that I would ever have. This honour goes to another American film executive who I would meet in London some years later. Like Batman, (a reference to a previous chapter in the book) he too shall remain nameless and even then he wonâ€™t thank me for recounting what he said to me in The Groucho Club.
I have a child with a c***.
Yes, these were his exact words, and like readers are now; I was stunned by them as well as a little confused. It was said to me during what was supposed to a personal interlude during a meeting that was not going well, again about Only in America. I allude to it in a little more detail in the epilogue of this book. Something to look forward to then?…
Â The Epilogue
Â â€¦let me finish by revisiting my most hideous meeting in the world of film. You will recall that it was in a private members club in London. He was a very angry and very self-important film executive, in effect, a bully. He had flown in for the day and he obviously enjoyed beating up on a writer and showing off to his colleague. By the way, his referral to his child with a c*** was a reference to the mother of the child and not to his daughter. Having trashed my script and my ability as a writer â€“ â€œâ€¦ reading your script, I am not getting that youâ€™re a professional comedianâ€¦â€™ We then moved on. I wanted to tell him that I didnâ€™t have any kids with c**** but I didnâ€™t. I did tell him though about Tom and the fact that I was writing a blog and a book called Eclipsed. His eyes widened and suddenly he slammed his fists onto the desk and shouted, â€˜Right there! Thatâ€™s it! Write that! Thatâ€™s the movie you should write. Thatâ€™s a hit fucking movie.â€™
Can you see it? Eclipsed the Movie?
And wouldnâ€™t this be the greatest and most delicious irony of all, that Eclipsed, borne out of my miserable experiences in film, should go onto become my breakthrough after all?
Today, I am off to Wales for aÂ gig – and at 2pm whilst I am on theÂ M4 – I will think of TomÂ sitting down for aÂ an exciting meeting and I will smile broadly…
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You have a fantastic blog Dominic, congratullations! Now, do you know when it’s Tom’s next film (How I live Now) coming out?