devincf, a semi-occasional-regular-of-late on the Daily Heights Message Boards, reports on his difficult interview with Richard Dreyfuss on the set of Poseidon, a remake of The Poseidon Adventure. The interview ends with Dreyfuss punching him (playfully? hard?) in the chest:
Devin: So I understand that you retired from films in 2004. What brought you back?
Devin: OK. But what was it about Poseidon in particular that really got your interest?
Dreyfuss: The money they offered.
Devin: Tell me again who you’re playing.
Devin: Nelson Reilly?
Devin: Charles Nelson Reilly.
Dreyfuss: Just Nelson. We just call him Nelson. As we call Achilles. Achilles… Nelson.
Devin: About two weeks ago they did a screening of Close Encounters out at Devil’s Tower.
Dreyfuss: That would be cool.
Devin: Do you ever revisit your films from the 70s?
Dreyfuss: Regularly. Yearly. I carry these Richard Dreyfuss itineraries, for these three day train rides. We go on the Richard Dreyfuss Memorial Tour – this is where American Graffiti was shot, this is where Tin Men was shot.
devincf narrates: “Dreyfuss builds up to the punch. He gets an iced coffee, and after taking a sip he throws some of the ice at me. He immediately follows that up by splashing the coffee itself in my face.“
Devin: That was pretty tasty.
Dreyfuss: It’s taken them sixty something days to get it right.
Dreyfuss takes a small “This is for CHUD, right? This is CHUD. It’s not like for the Nobel Prize.
Tiffany, defincf’s official Warner Bros. liaison, attempts to spin it: “You’ll make sure people know he was being funny?” she asks.
Read the rest of this painful exchange and devincf’s attempt to turn it into an article at Chud.com.