Back at the desk for a few hours. While I’m still conscious, I kind of want to do a final statement/wrapup/overview thing on RED.
If you live in North America, it may not have escaped your notice this week that RED, the movie based on the graphic novel I wrote for Cully Hamner to draw, opens this coming Friday. (And Jack Schulze tells me he’s seeing ads for RED on the Tube in London now.) I still haven’t seen the film myself yet, but I understand the early screenings and the premiere went well.
I’ve been fairly distant from the whole process. Sometimes that’s been my choice, sometimes it’s been an aspect of the process, but on the whole I think it’s kept me sane. A big comics company did something to me that really annoyed me over the last few days, and I suspect that if I’d been stressed out about the imminent opening of the film that would probably have turned into a public venting. As it is, I am simply quietly, paranoidly convinced that we’re going to get our bums kicked by JACKASS 3-D. (Also, being bedridden by a virus for five days may have contributed to the weak, murky zen condition.)
The RED movie experience has been fun. I got to meet some really interesting, really nice people. I got told great stories. I got to go to some interesting places, and the experience of doing the San Diego con from the VIP side was actually fascinating in a perverse way.
There is a small, snivelling and flinching part of me that would rather not have his name inextricably linked with The Last Comic Book Movie Flop Of 2010. But, you know, I am today pretty much at peace with the whole thing. I’ve met fine people and I’ve learned many useful things, and that is the most you can ask of any walk.
A lot of people, of course, are now commenting to the effect of “yeah, and I bet the money didn’t hurt either.” And god knows I’ve made jokes about that myself. It wasn’t a huge, life-changing amount of money. Not money that changed my life, anyway. The one thing I’ll always remember RED for, that I’ll always thank Summit and Lorenzo and Mark and Greg and Bruce and Robert and everybody else for, is that it made me able to give my daughter Lilith the thing she’d always wanted but never would ask for. Her new best friend, Padraig.
What these people did — and what my long-suffering agent, Angela, did — was make my daughter’s life better. I’ll always be grateful to them for that. That’s what this film means to me. Whatever happens next, happens. This is the good part, the part I take away with me from the RED experience.
Please go and see RED when it comes out in your area. This horse eats like a fucking whale, and I’m on the hook for its feed money for the next couple of decades.