A few months ago, the crew at Atlas Shrugged III put out a call for props. My W&L walking stick (a beautiful piece of carved rosewood with a brass topper) was accepted as a prop. I shipped it out to Hollywood in January.
Today, I went back to UPS to arrange for a return pick-up and shipment back to me. The man behind the counter asked for the contents of the container. “A walking stick,” I replied. He was a bit confused (and saw the Toluca Lake address), so I explained that it would be in a movie; the deal was that I had to pay to have it shipped.
UPS Guy: With all the money that these billionaires in Hollywood have…. They should have paid you for it.
Me: It’s not in one of the big studios. A guy out of Medway – John something – is the CEO of Cybex and is paying out of his own pocket to have this produced.
UPS Guy: NO WAY! My dad works at Cybex! He was telling me just the other day that the head man over there was making a movie – paying to have it done.
Me: Yes! That’s the one.
UPS Guy: Cybex. They make great equipment. I go over to their gym in Medway; since my dad works there, his family, like his kids, get in for free. Wow, I can’t believe this. He told me about this just the other day. I’m going to call him right now to tell him.