Producers: Menahem Golan and Yoram Ben Ami/Cannon Films
Associate Producer: Otto Plaschkes
Director: Menahem Golan
Cast: Marushka Detmers
Credit: Make-up Artist (I did Marushka Detmers make-up and effects)
When I got the call to go to Hungary on this picture I was skeptical about going as they had already been filming a week or two. They wanted a make-up artist who could do bruising, wounds and blood to go out immediately for the leading lady, Maruschka Detmers. Cautiously I asked Otto Plashkes (Producer), "May ask Otto, if you have been filming a few weeks please tell me, why do you need a replacement?". There was a moment of silence and he said, "Let's just say, we would be very happy and relieved to see you." He made me feel safe and welcome, he'd heard my real concern, so I agreed to go. And I have to say, he was always just like that, pleasant and a listening man - but boy, oh boy, oh boy! What did I walk into!?
It was an extraordinary experience and anyone in Hollywood who worked with Menahem/Canon Films knows exactly what I mean. The 1980's were excessive, but the Canon outfit took the biscuit.
It was an unlikely cocktail that the Director, Menahem, a passionate Behemoth Israeli and a sensitively artistic, plucky, naive 27 year old make-up artist from Oxfordshire, could work together, not once, but twice. It wasn't without it's 'events'. But he did asked me back the following year for his much bigger picture, "Mack the Knife", which was yet another 'adventure'.