1989 Do The Right Thing Party

2nd Hand Tuxedo Tails


1989 Do The Right Thing Party
1989 Do The Right Thing Party

i’m 20 years old… Do The Right Thing is the second movie i will have worked on in my life… i went to the premier in 2nd hand tuxedo tails bought at a thrift shop on East 3rd street between 1st and 2nd Aves called B’s… i wore a T-shirt i made with markers, a pair of shorts, white socks and NaNa creepers… NaNa was store in Soho that used to sell Punk and Rockabilly clothes and shoes… Both B’s and NaNa’s are gone now…

B was Black girl from down south, she found all these great vintage clothes that she bought by the pound from secret locations and sold them in her shop… i would go in there and buy odd bits of clothes… i still have a brown leather vest with no pockets somewhere… B’s was downstairs from the production office of Bailjumper, the third film that i worked on… But they changed the name of the film to Mercury and Retrograde…

It wasn’t really an office it was the director’s apartment… An old tenement building with the bath tub in the kitchen… i met Ishmael Reed on that film, he had a cameo… It was the day that we shot locusts attacking a car… i chased grasshoppers around all day and i remember Ishmael being very patient…

At the premiere for Right Thing i rented a limo with Eddie Joe who was a PA and we pulled up to the red carpet in front of the Zeigfield with my 2nd hand tuxedo tails, hand-made T-shirt, shorts, white socks and NaNa creepers and got out with the paparazzi taking pictures and shouting at me and asking who i was as i got out of the limo… i told them i was the intern and they stopped taking pictures… i smiled because it was just as i had dreamed it…

Wynn Thomas was at the door to the theater having trouble getting in… They said his name wasn’t on the list to get into the premiere… i told them he didn’t need to be on the list, his name was on the poster… Wynn was the production designer…

i waited for my name in the credits… First name under interns… It felt good… i made no money on Right Thing but it changed my life…

i take the limo to the after party at the Puck Building and then tip the driver because i can’t afford more than four hours… Everyone is shocked to see that i can dance… They all thought of me as some punk rocker who wore a red Aunt Jemima handkerchief on my head and wore funky plaid old man shorts with boots… They didn’t know i could get down and cut a rug…

In those daze i was in and out of my mom’s house couch surfing on the Lower East Side… i came home looking for my 2nd hand tuxedo tails but couldn’t find them… My mother said she threw them out… i asked why… She said it was shabby, it had huge holes in it, it was torn it was a mess… i loved those shabby 2nd hand tuxedo tails… they were elegant with satin collar and satin lining… i loved them… shabby holes and all… They were tuxedo tails fit only for an elegant rogue, the only true formal wear for a vagabond…

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