HIGHLIGHT OF THE 2001 CREATIONIST SCIENCE FAIR:
2nd Place, Middle School Level:
“Women Were Designed For Homemaking”
Jonathan Goode (grade 7) applied findings from many fields of science
to support his conclusion that God designed women for homemaking: physics
shows that women have a lower center of gravity than men, making them
more suited to carrying groceries and laundry baskets; social sciences
show that the wages for women workers are lower than for normal workers,
meaning that they are unable to work as well and thus earn equal pay.
A FEW FACTOIDS:
According to a recent Gallup poll,
46% of Americans describe themselves as evangelical or born-again Christians.
48% of Americans believe in creationism.
68% of Americans believe in the devil.
77% of Americans believe in angels.
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One of the first questions people tend to ask me after seeing Palindromes
is, “Why did you cast so many actors in the role of Aviva, instead
of just one?” I suppose if I hadn’t made this movie it would
be my first question as well. Certainly, though I’m not the first
director to consider this sort of casting approach (see Buñuel’s
That Obscure Object of Desire), it’s possible
I’m the first to put this somewhat radical conceit so front and
center. But in any case, I have to confess that the source of this casting
notion is probably not quite so “obscure.” For I remember
when they changed actors playing Darrin on TV’s Bewitched:
one season it was one actor, the next another, and it didn’t seem
to faze Samantha at all. TV often pulls this trick, and my first impulse
used to be, “Don’t you see that you’re talking to
someone different?” Now when it happens I just think it makes
the show more interesting and lively. Really, it should happen more
often. Sometimes, when casting a film, I find myself wishing I could
combine qualities of several actors into a single actor—almost
wishing I could cast all of the actors I like. I don’t imagine
my concept is going to catch on in the movies, though, if for no other
reason than the fact that movie stars tend to like to play lots of characters
in a single movie (see Kind Hearts and Coronets, Dr.
Strangelove, Angels in America, et al), but,
I would guess, are unlikely to want to divide their screen time with
another actor in the same role (unless it’s a body double or stunt
I still haven’t explained the why of this decision, beyond saying
I just think it’s a neat idea. Well, yes, it does serve a metaphorical
function, but I don’t imagine many people want to read about that.
Explanations are never much fun (and Mark Wiener does enough explaining
as it is). All I can hope for is that you not even try to analyze things,
and just sit back and “enjoy” it for what it is.