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It's been almost 20 years since Walter Hill (48HRS., Streets of Fire, Southern Comfort) has rewarded us with anything to look at. My head began spinning the second I saw his name attached to the trailer for Stallone's latest action flick, Bullet to the Head.

Exhale. It's not a remake of the John Woo classic, Bullet in the Head.

Jim Hemphill, former student and eternal teacher, arranged a visit to the 20th Century Fox editing room to watch Walter Hill cut a scene from Wild Bill. After a couple of hours, Mr. Hill invited us to the Fox commissary to join him for lunch.

Halfway through the meal, Mel Brooks walks up to the table to say hello to Walter.

"Hello, Mel," Hill says as he stands to shake Brooks' hand. Without missing a best, Hill motions towards the peanut gallery and asks, "You know Jim Hemphill and Scott Marks, don't you, Mel?"

If there is a cooler way for one to introduce commoners to royalty, let me know. Until that time, Hill wins the brass ring.


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Scott Marks Dec. 10, 2012 @ 5 p.m.

This was taken on a Sunday at about 3 am the week "Silent Movie" opened. Mel was in Chicago on a promotional tour and I camped out in front of the Ritz Carlton with a couple of friends to meet him. The first thing he said when he got out of the limo was, "Hello, boys." He took us up to the bar, bought us a each drink and provided me with an eternal memory. Flattering photo. I had more rolls than Kaufman's Bakery.



Colonna Dec. 10, 2012 @ 9:05 p.m.

I'm surprised Mel didn't call you Gene with that wild Wilder hair.

Two Jews shake hands on a street... it writes itself, I wanna tell ya!


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