Posted at 5:51 PM on June 17, 2009
by Euan Kerr
Talking from his home in Winnipeg Guy Maddin told me the story of how he convinced Isabella Rossellini to take a lead role in "The Saddest Music in the World."
He met her by chance in a park in New York. She was petting a dog at the time.
"And the dog, a big Labrador retriever, affectionately put her hand in its mouth," he said. "And I never know what to do with a celebrity. I put my hand in the dog's mouth too, and soon our fingers were all intertwined with saliva and a lab tongue, and then the dog was gone and our hands were sort of left interlocked, slipperily in space. I told her I had this part for her and everything was keen, and we went ahead."