I took long last draw on my ciggy and a swig of my cider and approached the goons.
The taller one stared at me, his expressionless face never changing. "I.D." he said in a baritone drawl. Then, just as I was gingerly pulling out my home-made card, a man with a long bleached perm and shiny trousers came careering out of the doors, and I was flung to the floor. Jesus, what was this guy's problem?
"And stay out!" shouted a third bouncer, this one was even bigger and goonier than the others. He terrified me, but for some crazy reason this wiry little man didn’t seem bothered, too hopped up on something to care, was my guess. He screamed back in a comically high-pitched Welsh accent, retorting "Or what then?" The bouncer looked taken a back, he'd probably never had anyone retaliate before and, growling to himself, he turned to go back inside. Suddenly this freakin’ guy sprang to his feet and jumped on the bouncer's back, screaming and kicking. During all this commotion I remained on the floor, it felt unreal and was making my head spin. Then I felt two hands on my arms and I was lifted up. "You look harmless kid," came that same low tone, "Quick get inside before this joker gets crazy." Crazy? How more crazy could it be?
I rushed inside, sweat pouring from me, and snaked my way through the people and props. Two little people came past me, shouting at each other and carrying what looked like a scaled down copy of Stonehenge. There was a man carrying a large pod, mumbling to himself about it not opening properly, there were groupies and roadies and a blond-haired man with a cricket bat smashing things, it was like a circus. But I couldn't see her anywhere.
The music was getting louder, I knew I was nearing the stage. She must be there, watching in the wings. Suddenly I saw them... the band, Spinal Tap! They weren't actually on the stage yet. They stopped and asked me directions, and I said that I wasn't sure but I guessed - from the sound of the intro music - that it was nearby. Then I asked them where she was, they told me to follow them.
After getting lost, asking the way again, getting lost again and a lot of 'Rock and Roll' shouting, we found the stage and the band rushed on, and that's when when I saw her. Like a goddess, she was sitting on an unused speaker, dressed in Spandex and fringed scarves. Her heavy make-up accented her beautiful features, she looked like a heavy metal princess sitting on her Thrown of Rock, this was the one and only June Chadwick, aka Jeanine Pettibone.
"I never thought of Yoko actually. I based Jeanine on how I felt about David and his success (of course) with the band . In fact I was a classical musician, but grew into heavy metal!"
"Everything was improv. We had story points to cover but no written dialogue."
"Most of the clothes were my own - I was quite hip in those days! The wardrobe lady helped me to put everything together that didn't go together!"
"I had to audition for the role with improvising and I was amazed at how accurate their accents were. Chris's father is a Brit and he taught the others. They are all brilliant comedy actors and writers, but I didn't know who anyone was at the time."
"We couldn't 'corpse' without ruining the scene since it couldn't be repeated. There were times when the camera kept rolling and it got funnier and funnier - e.g. the intro of the 'black' label and waiting for the 100 fans (not) to appear in the record store. I often had to think of being somewhere completely different and not really listen (which fortunately quite suited the character!) Not visibly biting my lip became an art."
"It came down to a choice between me and another actress who was quite famous. The fact that I didn't expect them to pull off the accents probably helped my attitude! We had a great time and really clicked in the audition I remember."
"No, I had no idea of the film's future."
"None of us wanted to do a sequel. The band was on tour anyway and sequels have a tendency to be second best. Part of the movie's success was that a lot of people thought it was a real band!! We did however do a "Where are they now?" for a TV movie."
"Barely. My passions now are outside of the 'biz' - teaching the Alexander Technique and spending time with my 4 horses, dog and 3 cats (oh - and husband)."