Is Lala going to Sing-Sing?
Okay, she's probably not going to Sing-Sing, but Rosario Dawson did get arrested earlier this week and if she's convicted, she's going to jail for a year at Rikers Island. But Rikers Island doesn't have the repetition thing happening, you dig?
Seriously though, the fact that she even got arrested gives me a slight case of the blinding rage. You see, she was filming The Revolution, an updated version of 1969's documentary-style Medium Cool, both of which follow protests at political conventions. So, being that there's, you know, a political convention going on in NYC, the filmmakers got permits to film their pseudo-protesters with the real protesters in the background. Seems a-okay so far, right?
Well it was, 'til The Man showed up and hauled Rosario, another actor, and the director away in cuffs, even after he showed them the permit. What was their heinous crime, you ask? They were "both masked" and "used handkerchiefs with only the arena around the eyes showing." You know, sort of like an extreme version of MTV's Sway.
Regardless of whether you agree with the "thou shalt not have a panty on thy head" law, these guys were making a movie! Make-believe! Has there ever been a case in recorded history where filmmakers with a permit filmed a protest with actors in masks where the masked actors proceded to rob a bank, or kidnap a baby, or download a pirated movie? God knows what would have happened if the police had walked in on the Brown Bunny set.
I like Rosario Dawson, for she is a fine actress and shines in Spike Lee films, especially 25th Hour. But if you're going to arrest Rosario Dawson for anything, it should be crimes against the cinema. From just 2000-2002, she appeared in Down To You, Josie And The Pussycats, Chelsea Walls, Men In Black 2, The Adventures Of Pluto Nash, and two, count 'em two Edward Burns movies. If there were a law against such things, she'd be serving life by now with her future cellmate Monica Potter.
Related tune: I Fought The Law by The Bobby Fuller Four (mp3 via livinblues.com)
posted by drew on 9/01/2004
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