Sunday, January 2, 2011
Robert Redford on Natalie Wood
Most of you have probably seen this but it has always been interesting to me that Redford makes a point of mentioning Natalie's fear of water and her playfulness on the set while filming (something some people like to think only happened when starring with Walken).
Many celebrities have used various means to let us know they suspect something more than the official answer to Natalie's death. One comedian yelled out on the Chelsea Chandler Show "We know what you did, RJ." Seinfeld and Larry David wrote in a little part about Walken's part on the Splendour in "Curb Your Enthusiasm." A Tony award-winning director is presenting a NY play based on GNGS in 2011. There are many things people in show business do and will continue to do for Natalie's memory, a true memory.
Most of these little signs of support are discreet for now, but I have a feeling that will change drastically.
On the other side of the story, many work hard to keep the propaganda going, too. How did Robert Wagner get the part on NCIS playing the father of the actor (Michael Weatherly) who portrayed him in "The Mystery of Natalie Wood" the TV movie based on Suzanne Finstad's book? Sure makes it appear as if Finstad's
movie was more a memoir than a search for truth. Wagner's attorneys constantly bothered the execs when the movie was being filmed. They were constantly threatened by Wagner's legal team. Finstad was reduced to telling very little about her accurate timeline in her movie, and ended up having to stick with the bogus "banging dinghy" theory. Did Wagner go after the part of Tony's father in NCIS? He claims he was chosen because of the resemblence between he and Weatherly. In any case, subliminal suggestion exists with the choice. Actors care about the next role they will acquire, understandably so. It's more to their advangtage to remain neutral. It's a tough business.
Some people often advise me to "Come out and SAY IT!" I suppose we have to be as careful and discreet as the figures in Hollywood who also want to "say it" or "twist it" but still have to respect the official version until proven otherwise. That's the huge task in front of us: to get the authorities involved. It's sad that "game playing" exists in such a serious, tragic death such as Natalie Wood's. There should be no hestitation whatsoever in reopening this neglected case. One good detective, one decent department, is all it would take.