More Eastern Motors Details: Skins Play Reservoir Dogs
Does it burn me that Extreme Skins linked to arch rival City Paper's coverage of the Eastern Motors shoot but not the Bog's? Sure it does. But my colleague and neighbor Dave McKenna did point out something I should have mentioned: Easterns was apparently prohibited from signing more than five NFL players without paying a licensing fee to the NFL Players Association. Weird.
Other tidbits from the shoot, and for the love of Zee, someone throw up the link on Extreme Skins:
1) Jason Campbell throws a pretty pass during blazing-hot parking lots during commercial shoots. So does ARE; during the football skits the endorsers ran an end around to ARE, who then threw long to Moss. No, I can't promise that this means the Skins will run more gadgets this year. No, I don't know how many pages are in the Easterns playbook.
2) There was one bit where the five men (Jason Campbell, Antwaan Randle El, Santana Moss, Willis McGahee and Chief Zee) were outfitted with shades and told they would perform an homage to "Reservoir Dogs." Some players were unfamiliar with the film.
"Is that the movie where people be shooting and all that?" Moss asked.
"I think there's a lot of dead people in that," confirmed Fox 5's Diane Roberts.
"I think I've seen the preview," Moss said.
Anyhow, the men had to line up with their shades on and walk slowly toward five cars: a BMW, a Rolls Royce, a Lamborghini, a Bentley and a tricked-out 1960 Chevy Impala. After some jockeying, it was decided that ARE would be matched up with the Beemer, Campbell got the Rolls, McGahee got the Lamborghini, Moss got the Bentley, and of course Zee got the Impala. The total value of the five vehicles was well into the seven figures.
3) It was about 90 degrees in that parking lot, and the Reservoir Dogs shoot dragged on. "It's hot," ARE complained. "Say 'cut' or something."
4) Moss has this parlor trick where he spins a football on its side, and then holds his hand over the football and gradually brings his hand up, and as his hand rises the football creeps up onto its end.
"It's gonna stand up when I tell it to stand up," Moss told the entranced crowd. "Stand up, boy," he said to the football, and it stood on command.
5) I joked yesterday about Randle El's multiple takes, but he really was a fine actor, memorizing his lines and improvising and even coaching up the woman he was acting with.
"Man, that was perfect," Moss said, when ARE was done. "Like you was made to do that."
"You're a professional," agreed Easterns Chairman Robert Bassam.
"I told you, this is what I'm gonna do when I'm done [with football], baby," Randle El said.
"I'm gonna let the record straight, I'm not as good as you," Moss said. "I might need a couple takes."
"He's TV," Moss later said of Randle El. "You want to know who's TV, that's TV."
6) But as mentioned yesterday, Moss did his skit--talking trash to a Lamborghini--in two takes, and then began calling himself "One-Take Willie." I asked why it was Willie; "Willie's a good name," he said. "Uncle Willie-son." I pointed out that, actually, he needed two takes for his main skit.
"Actually, I took as many takes as I wanted to take," he told me. "You've got to make it right. I wanted to be "One-Take Willie", you know. A couple of them I did in one take. You can't do everything perfect. The world is perfect, but not me."
7) Players get to use Easterns cars as part of their deals. Like, Moss has a BMW 750. I asked Randle El which kind of car he had.
"You're asking too many questions," he joked, before saying that after using a Range Rover last year, he now had a Mercedes. I asked for the model. "The big one," he said. "Whatever the big one is. The wife wanted it, so I said we'll try that."
Comcast SportsyNet's Adam Littlefield asked Willis McGahee the same question.
"Well, I have a Mercedes 550; what is it, S550?" he said. "I don't know the exact name of it. But I see this Lamborghini, you know, damn. M5? I didn't even know they had an M5 convertible. I'm jealous, you know what I mean?"
I told him the approximate price tag: more than $400 k.
"Oh yeah," he said. "You know, that's for the rich guys. Let me say that's for them wealthy guys, I should say. That's for them guys with long money, who can crash it and then go get another one in the next two days or so. See, if I get that and crash it, I'm through for like a year and a half. I'm on a set-back, financially."
He was joking, by the way. I'm pretty sure.
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