The Usual Suspects is an amazing film, I remember renting it from the garage on VHS when I was ill (this show how old it is) as I sniffed my way forward in the queue to pay the chap behind me, in a calm and friendly voice uttered three words which will always stay in my memory; “Verbal did it”.
Not knowing who ‘Verbal’ was, let alone what he was supposed to have done I smiled and nodded at what I presumed to be a mentalist and went on with my day.
Needless to say as soon as the character Verbal was introduced the whole film was a touch ruined.
Well that was a long time ago so hopefully this revelation hasn’t cause to much upset to the 3 people who will read this page. Anyway, last night as part of Jamesons Cult Film Club they staged a large screening of the masterpiece at Trinity Buoy Wharf and asked me and my little team to come and shoot a homage to the opening scene (but setting it in London).
Didn’t have long to set it up, but with the help of a couple of actors, some flashing things and a burny thing, my team (with a modicum of help from me – you can tell who I think reads this) managed to get the job done.
We shot it while everyone else was watching the last part of the movie and had to move to prevent being run over by coaches, but everyone was very happy with how it turned out.
They say ‘The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he dosen’t exist’. All I know is one of his lesser tricks takes place at video rental establishments.
EDIT: oh look, some coverage: