i could have been in turkish movies

When I was about 20, some friends and I got Eurail passes and bummed around western Europe for a few weeks. Since there isn’t a train to Greece, we took an ancient, huge and very slow moving boat. We’d bought the cheap seats on deck and it was cold as hell. The two guys I was traveling with were somehow able to fall asleep. I couldn’t, so I paced around in the public areas that were heated. At some point during the night, two men in suits approached me, asking if I’d ever done any acting. They said that they “made films” in Turkey. They offered to buy me a drink. As I suspected the movies they made featured young American backpackers being forcibly sodomized in Turkish jail cells, I declined the offer, found my friends, and never left their sides again… Anyway, now I think I may have been too rash in blowing them off. Apparently, there really was a brilliant Turkish film industry at the time… Anyway, as I’m sitting here now watching this incredible stuff, I can’t help but think I may have missed the greatest opportunity in my life that night. (For more on Turkish cinema, see This entry was posted in Mark's Life. Bookmark the permalink. Trackbacks are closed, but you can post a comment.


  1. danandkitty
    Posted March 20, 2007 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    One of the great things about living in austin is a group that puts together live dubbed productions of Turkish delights like these. They call it Foleyvision and they have a myspace page:
    SOmehow it takes the incredible films of Turkey and makes them EVEN better!

  2. UBU
    Posted March 21, 2007 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    You’d be a natural for Badi…

  3. cleo love-paste
    Posted March 21, 2007 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Secular Muslims really ARE great!!!

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