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Scene with an idol

Posted at 4:55 PM on April 5, 2006 by Euan Kerr (2 Comments)

I have been trying to chop up the Wim Wenders interview to get the story on the air before "Don't Come Knocking" opens later this week in the Twin Cities. There is one little story which won't get in the story because of time but I think it's charming, so I'll give a sneak preview here.

"Don't Come Knocking" tells the story of an aging bad boy film star (played by Sam Shepard) who loses it one day and runs away from a movie shoot. He heads back to see his mother, who he's basically ignored for decades. She takes him in, and while she tells him he has been a jerk, she then protects him from an insurance company bond agent who has been sent to bring him back to the movie.

The mother is played by Eva Marie Saint ("On the Waterfront" and "North by Northwest) and Mr Sutter the broker is played by a demoniacally low-key Tim Roth. There is a great scene in the middle of the film where they face off.

Wenders says the scene is a last minute addition. He had come across Roth looking a little glum, and learned on asking why that he was upset because he was in a film with Saint, one of his cinematic idols but as the script stood they didn't have a scene together.

Wenders went to Shepard, who also wrote the screenplay, and told him the situation. Shepard quickly wrote a scene and they shot it, creating a little gem in the process.

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