Colonel Kurz wrote:
Can you tell it again, please, maybe just for my benefit?
Mod Hip wrote:I... should... well, now that I think of it it does ring some bells. Sorry I forgot
I should write this out in a little file and save it for copy/paste.
A few months after this film
and a year or so before this film
, I created a year-end video for an international airline food caterer. There was a Staff Consultant at that company, 'A' (I didn't make up the job title, and I'll just use her initial) who had graduated from Humes High school in Memphis with this guy
, and she wanted to know if it would be okay to use him as the on-camera host and voice-over narrator.
I had no objection. He wore his shades, of course, and I joked that he was far more recognizable as Isaac Hayes wearing the shades than he was when he took them off. I have never published this photograph before. A week or so after the shoot, 'A', whose face is blurred because I haven't seen her since 1995, so I can't secure her permission to post her image, sent me this autographed photo. The ink is actually a silver gel pen, but it looks very un-silvery in the scan.
Obviously, my main motive for not showing the photo is to conceal the goofy face and weird stance that I was caught in, mid-explanation when the photo was snapped. We were moving into the conference room because I thought that would be a better background for the stand-ups. Hayes recorded his voice-over from my teleprompter roll, but later he re-recorded the voice-over portions in a studio out west somewhere. I remember Denver, but that probably isn't correct. I later heard from the consultant that he had used that tape to audition for a role in South Park. I had never heard of South Park.
In a couple minutes video he recorded to say hello to my two young (at the time) sons, he mentioned things he'd done, and among them were Shaft
, and Robin Hood Men in Tights
. He didn't mention Flipper
, of course, until after we recorded that little fan-vid. I didn't know they were re-making Flipper
. He told me off camera, when I mentioned it, that he wasn't exactly proud of Truck Turner
, but he didn't say why. In fact, he spoke as if he were trying to get into acting, which is why I brought up the Turner film in the first place. I've never seen it, by the way. About the role in Flipper
he simply said that he was going to audition for a small part in the film, but he was pretty sure he'd get it. He also actually thanked me for the chance to do a voice-over in the corporate video because he'd like to get into voice-over work. He did have a distinctive voice, after all.
I showed the little video to my sons, and they watched it and asked who the old guy was. I compared him to a big star of their day and said it would be like getting a video from him. A few months later when the boys and I were watching Robin Hood Men in Tights
, my older son started staring at the character Asneeze. Finally he crawled up to the screen, poked a finger up to Hayes's image and said, "Daddy, that's the guy who made that tape for us!" I grinned and said, "Yeah." At that moment he was impressed. Not before. Ha ha. Later on, when Flipper
was out he recognized Hayes again.
And that's the story of the second time I got to visit with Isaac Hayes. The first time, was the night he was in this: "Hayes became a supporter of, and later a performer in, “An Evening of Soul,” created by the Department of Theatre and Communication professor Erma Clanton. In 1972, after he had gained national fame with his theme music for the movie “Shaft,” Hayes and his musical entourage performed with the production," and my girlfriend and I stood in line a while to speak to him. He acted like he was the person who was honored to have all these people walking up to meet him, and he didn't rush anyone away. He must have stood there for over an hour shaking hands and smiling at people. And he still had the same spirit about him when he was the on-camera talent for my forgettable corporate production.
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