Sunday, October 14, 2007

Steve Guttenberg appears at festival

Steve Guttenberg, the star of big franchise hits like "Police Academy," "Three Men and a Baby," "Short Circuit" and "Cocoon," was the surprise guest at an actors' panel this morning that featured indie queen Patricia Clarkson.

He might not be the first person you think of when you hear the film festival catch phrase, "fiercely independent," but Guttenberg was self-effacing, warm and very funny. He talked about his desire to do more dramatic work, reminding the audience that he began his career in the theater.

Guttenberg recently completed "Major Movie Star," a studio film with Jessica Simpson (what I'm assuming is a "pay the mortgage" movie -- a phrase I'm borrowing from Mary Stuart Masterson) and will be heading to Berlin to finish shooting the independent drama, "The Well" (what I'm assuming is a "pay the soul" movie). Film productions are apparently lured overseas because of the tax breaks, he said.

(Photo by Poughkeepsie Journal photographer Karl Rabe)

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