I had been told not to interact with anyone, but she seemed genuinely concerned about my wellbeing, so I turned to say thank you. It was only then that I realised who she was.
Irene Miracle, born in Stillwater, Oklahoma of Scots-Irish, Russian, French and Osage descent, is an American actress. Her first film appearance was as a murder victim in 'Night Train Murders' (1975), an Italian 'Last House on the Left'-clone. Her most prestigious role was in Alan Parker's 'Midnight Express' (1978), a worldwide box office success. For her role as the girlfriend of the incarcerated protagonist, she won the Golden Globe Award for 'New Star of the Year - Female'. Miracle followed that film with another major role in Dario Argento's 'Inferno' (1980), as a woman who comes to believe the New York City apartment building she lives in also houses a centuries-old witch. Since then, she has continued her acting work, while also writing, directing and producing.... And generally being fabulous...
Was this fate? Was this a sign? Whatever it was it was fantastic, and for the first time in a week I didn't feel I was about to be sick. Well I did a bit, but this time for a very different reason. Could I? Should I? Could I ask her a few questions about her career? It would certainly calm me. I asked her if it was ok and luckily she said yes. Even more lucky was the fact that she was unaware of what I was hiding under my sweater.
Wow, and what did you have to do for it?
First I met and auditioned for the director, Alan Parker. Then he left the room, and the producer, David walked in and I auditioned all over again. Later, after leaving the building and reaching into my bag for my car keys I found a 1940’s antique toy with a note from David which said, “I don’t know about the part, but you sure got me”. I knew I had the part. You just KNOW these things. Back home in Santa Monica, two hours later, the phone rang. “PACK YOUR BAGS, YOU GOT THE PART”! Contracts were being drawn up and I was flying to the UK by early morning, then on to Malta. The whole thing happened so fast. I just spread my proverbial wings and let the wind take me on that magical carpet ride.
And what did you think when you first read the script?
Two security guards passed us, they looked directly at us, furtively whispering to each other. I could feel their steely glares burning holes in me. Why were they staring so much? Did I look that suspicious? What were they discussing? It was only after one paranoid minute that I realised why they were looking; they must have recognised Irene too. After the guards had left and my heart had returned to a steady beat I continued with my questions.
"I did try, valiantly, to find Susan. It turned out that she didn’t exist, so I had to create her from scratch, so to speak. I did later meet Billy Hayes when we did a three-month publicity tour for 'Midnight Express' together.
So, what was he like?
He is a rather private sort of guy, plus we were both being dragged to so many interviews from dawn to dusk during that three-month stint that we never had time to know one another very well. He later pursued an acting career and has done a considerable amount of work in film and theater. "
I couldn't agree more but these stories of prison made my hands sweat so I quickly changed the subject.
I looked at the clock, my plane was in an hour, I only had 20 more minutes to check-in if I was going to make this flight. I was so nervous and wondered were there any real nerves during the smuggling scene? It must have been tense to film, knowing what was just about to happen?
God, I thought if she couldn't convince security guards, how the hell was I supposed to?
"David and the others in my party were meantime so distracted by the starry attention that they didn’t notice my absence and had no idea that I was trapped outside! Mind you, there was also a last minute technical glitch, preventing the Golden Globe Awards from being aired on Television, so there was sense of disorganized mayhem in the air. But there is silver lining to this story, which includes Lucille Ball. She welcomed me to the stage when I got the award, and having no idea of the ordeal I’d just been through, but sensing at a glance that I was an emotional wreck, she took me into her arms and said, “Don’t worry honey, you just enjoy this moment because it’s all yours baby.” The memory of her warmth and support still gives me strength when I need it."
Now that is a cool story!!! But I wondered...
Ain't that the truth!
comedy comes out of the most gut wrenching parts of our being, so in truth, there is no real difference between the two, except for timing of course. I find superficial comedy an absolute bore and honestly don’t get why they make so much money. Love Monty Python!"
15 minutes left. I stared at the departures board, I could go anywhere, Italy... France... Spain... anywhere. Leading me seamlessly to my next question.
everything at your fingertips without having to drive there or plan ahead."
Here I go: Terrence Malick, Neil Jordan, Ang Lee, Agnieszka Holland, Ralph Fiennes – his directorial debut 'The Invisible Woman' is sublime! Terry Gilliam, Alfonso Cuaron, Luc Besson, Baz Luhrman, and the list goes on...
Ok, my time was almost up. What was I going to do? Would I really do this? Was it worth it? The clocks hands ticked by counting down the seconds to either the start or possibly the end of my life as I knew it. One more question maybe....
I thanked her, this must have been fate I thought - meeting Irene and hearing about her phenomenal life. Life was so full of possibilities, so full of opportunity, why was I risking mine for mere money? As I walked back to the bathroom to remove the tape from my body and flush the drugs, I wished she knew how much I had to thank her for. And I only wished I could have told her.