remembering edie, and the night that i almost killed warhol

I just read that the great actress (and newly minted body thetan hunter) Katie Holmes has been tapped to play Edie Sedgwick in the upcoming bio-pic about the Warhol patron/muse. No word yet as to how they’ll use Tom Crusie, the dwarfish older man who hasn’t left her side since introducing her to his friends in uniform. Perhaps he’ll play Gerard, or Joe Dallesandro, unless they’ve already cast Ashton Kutcher and Johnny Knoxville in those roles… And I wonder which Hilton sister they’ll get to play Ultra Violet. This should be really good… And, actually I mean that. I have to think that somewhere Warhol’s seeing this pop culture train wreck shaping up and smiling.

Speaking of Warhol, I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it here before, but I almost hit him with a car in the mid ’80s. I can’t remember much, just that it was late at night and raining. There was traffic. Some big concert had just let out. I think it was Prince. Anyway, a young black man was carrying an umbrella for an older, silver-haired gentleman and they stepped in front of the car. (I think I was in my dad’s Nissan Sentra, the one that I’d total a year or so later.) I hit the brakes and they both spun their heads around like barn owls to look at me. It’s not something I’m likely to forget, Warhol’s ashen face against the black sky and the ominous grey buildings, staring down at me.

UPDATE: The new scoop is that Cruise has advised Holmes to back out of the production. He apparently didn’t like the idea of her playing a socialite junkie. To do so, he’s reported as saying, would be against their religion. (Apparently there is no such stipulation in Scientology about killing people in cold blood, something that Cruise did most recently in the film “Collateral,” which, by the way, wasn’t half bad.)

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12 Comments

  1. kez panel
    Posted August 2, 2005 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    mark if you knew the exact date of missing warhol with your car i could run across the street to the warhol museum and quickly sneak into the glass archives room and look up the date in his massive journals and see if indeed you almost hit him because he would write down everything that happened to him and if i would get caught i wouldnt turn you in i drank too much coffee today i am sorry

  2. mark
    Posted August 2, 2005 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    I could probably figure it out… I think it was outside Madison Square Garden, and I do think it was a Prince show. Maye I could find a schedule on-line. I’ll add it to the long list of things I have to do.

    And you should know better than drink too much coffee. It’s not good for people like us with anxiety problems.

  3. chris
    Posted August 2, 2005 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Celebrity near miss #2 AND 3:

    Both in SF, the first on Clayton Avenue in 1989, was almost hit by Robin Williams in a re Range Rover. He was gunning to reach the crest of the hill. Did early Range Rovers have stick shifts?

    The second, Noe Avenue, was almost hit (OK, not really) during a face-off (you know one of those you better stop motherfucker glares and subsequent chicken) with Johnny Depp in a totally bad ass cherry late model American convertible. It was red too.

    Unfortunately, never came close to hitting one.

  4. chris
    Posted August 2, 2005 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Wait a minute. I thought that movie was already done starring none other than Edie herself? Ciao Manhattan?

  5. Kristin
    Posted August 3, 2005 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    You know who is playing Edie now? Sienna Miller, Jude Law’s latest cuckold. Can you be a female cuckold? If you can she is, and with the nanny. When will people learn? Only ugly nannies!

  6. Kristi
    Posted August 3, 2005 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    When I was 8 I ran smack into Barry Goldwater at the Capitol building. He seemed distinctly irritated.

  7. Tony Buttons
    Posted August 3, 2005 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Great business idea – “The Ugly Nanny Company.”

    “our nannies are hideous – we gurantee it”

  8. Tony Buttons
    Posted August 3, 2005 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Burt Convey ran over my foot once. He bought me a soda pop and asked me not to call the cops.

  9. chris
    Posted August 3, 2005 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    Tony, HOLY SHIT!

  10. mark
    Posted August 3, 2005 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    Tony lies, Chris. Don’t believe a thing he says.

  11. Andy
    Posted August 5, 2005 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    Sounds like a job for Kyra Sedgwick (yes, she is related).

  12. GilesSerri28
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    You need to add “I almost killed Warhol” to your about page.

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