Wednesday, July 9, 2008
The Robert Rodriguez-Rose McGowan soap opera
Usually I try to stay out of the personal lives of film industry folk. It bores me and seems a tad sleazy. But sometimes, such as with the media frenzy over Robert Rodriguez's relationship with Rose McGowan, it becomes business.
In case you don't know the story, Robert Rodriguez's marriage of many years ended during the filming of Grindhouse when the director of Spy Kids ran off with McGowan. Late last year Rodriguez and McGowan were said to be engaged. Now comes word that they are breaking up. Or not.
What makes this interesting is, one, Robert Rodriguez is, next to fellow Austinite Terrence Malick, one of the most secretive filmmakers around. Come near his set and you'll be signing a confidentiality agreement. Note that all of the latest comments seem to funnel through McGowan's press machine. Rodriguez must be seriously cringing about now.
Two, McGowan is said to be on tap to star in three upcoming Rodriguez films: Barbarella, Women in Chains and Red Sonja. If you want to read between the lines, note that Red Sonja is now officially set to film in Michigan this fall with McGowan starring and Rodriguez PRODUCING. His longtime assistant director (dating back to The Faculty)Douglas Aarniokoski is set to helm this one. Michigan, along with having overly lavish filming incentives is very, very far from Austin. Get the picture?