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(Thanks Applepie for letting me post these exclusive reports from Paris)
Applepie's exclusive reports about meeting Mark
Wahlberg's road manager and visiting the set of 'The Truth About Charlie' in Paris.
March 30 2001
Today is a glorious day my cyber friends, for I, little 'ld applepie
who always read stories about Mark encounters but never experienced
one, stood 4 feet away from da man!
That's right, he's in Paris. Finally. The crew is on their lunch
break now but they'll start shooting again shortly, at the Trocadero
(across the river from the Eiffel Tower). Today is a nice sunny day,
but still quite chilly.
Well, off I go for I do not want to miss the rest of the show!
Bye bye ladies!
March 30 2001
Details? Well, although I didn't have the guts to go up and talk to
him directly (he was getting his makeup fixed), I did talk a little with
our dear friend E-Factor. I recognized him but then again, didn't have
the brains to tell him I knew who he was. I was just very polite and all...
It's really cold in Paris these days, and it looked like Mark had a
cold. Poor thing.
Once the scene was over, Mark and E took off really quickly. I stayed
because I wanted to shake hands with the 1st AD who had given me permission
to hang on the set all day.
I went back this afternoon but Mark wasn't there. They were shooting
a scene for Thandie only. As far as I understood, they're shooting a night
scene near that area a little later. And I think Mark will be there. At
least, that's what I heard from E... I won't be there because I have other
What else can I say? Mark looked really good, but he also looked a little
short to me! (Stirring up the height debate once more!) I'm 170cm. He looked
shorter than me because I was wearing some heels... But he can't be much
taller than 1m70.
Voilà ladies! That's it for now!
Have a nice weekend everyone.
April 1 2001
Thanks for all the replies! Now, back to Paris. Since THE TRUTH ABOUT
CHARLIE people are not shooting on the weekends, it's going to be
tough to find some time during the week to go see them again. I know
they have an early start on Monday: 6:00AM. But I'm not sure where.
After Mark and E left the set on Friday, I was kicking myself for not
telling E that we had actually ICQed eachother a while ago! So on
Saturday, I called up the 1st AD, said thank you again for letting
visit the set, and casually asked how I could get in touch with M.
Weinstein. He kindly told me in which hotel E was staying and I
To make a long story short: I'm meeting with E tonight, and believe
me girls, I'll be sure to ask him whether he has a message for you
all! I'm hoping he'll be open to answer all my questions regarding
his job, his plan of opening a school to train PAs, how he likes
Paris... and so on! Wish me luck. :)
Lianne, it's a honor to have you quote my 'report' on your site!
Really! And to answer your other question: no, I didn't take any
pictures. It was quite impressive you know. All the cast and crew,
the extras, and the people like me, hanging around the set... I
couldn't possibly pull out my camera and start snapping away! You
know how it is. Plus, by now, you probably realized how shy I was!
Anyhow, I'll keep you posted!
April 1 2001
Well, it's now 10:30PM in Paris, and E says HELLO to all of you!
The 'rendez-vous' went really well. Eric was very nice and answered
all my questions. We talked a lot about his job, what it consists of,
how he got involved with Mark, what his plans are for the future...
During the SAG strike this summer, he's going to be working on
setting up this 6- to 8-week program for Personal Assistants. It'll
be an intense training course during which one will learn what the
job consists of, how to make travel arrangements, contacts, do the
accounting, get things done and problems solved, what the protocol
about, and most important: how to deal with people and personalities.
That's really important, because when you deal with celebrities,
you're mostly dealing with egos... :)
But E is real down-to-earth type of person. Just him meeting me
proves one thing: he's accessible! He doesn't put himself on a
pedestal, out-of-reach... Oh, by the way, he's also looking for a
woman in his life! So if you're single, in Paris (or New York, where
he lives), and looking for someone, let him know. He'll take you out
for lunch of something. Really! But let me warn you: if you're
planning on using him to get to Mark, you'll just be wasting your
One last thing: he'll be posting an update on Mark and the shooting
of The Truth About Charlie as soon as the official site is back up
'really soon' he assured me. Look out for it!
I don't know whether I'll get a chance to see them again, but that
weekend sure was a productive one. Well, that's it for me now.
Good night ladies. :)
April 2 2001
Thanks for all the questions! I'll try to answer them all the best I
No, I didn't take any pictures. You all know what he looks like, and
I believe you also know what I look like! Plus, you never know where
your picture's going to end up once it starts circulating on the net…
Yes, we met in the bar/lobby of his hotel.
No, he didn't look that tired to me. Although he confessed he was not
a morning person. That 6:00AM start the next morning was a good
reason to go to bed early that night. When I left, it was only
No, Eric didn't go into specifics as to what type of woman he was
looking for. Definitely NOT the Nadia type. From what I understood,
she was literally harassing him… (I hope he won't mind me saying all
this). My guess would be someone sweet, patient and understanding,
who's not gonna walk out on him because he's not home 8 months out
Regarding the official message board: some of the board members
started emailing him about the problems that were going on with it
(false rumors, bad management and so forth). Honestly, it's not his
job to monitor the board. He was kind enough to intervene a few times
to straighten out some false stories about Mark, but I think he would
appreciate it very much if we call upon him parsimoniously. ;)
Apart from that, he has many projects going on. A project entitled
ONE LOVE based on his real-life story, among other things… (For some
reason, I vaguely recall him mentioning it on the mw.com board
once…) I also asked him why Mark had left the Ocean's 11 project,
and he explained to me that it was simply a schedule conflict issue.
You probably all knew that already, but I didn't! So rejoice! Mark
and George are still talking. As for Mark's projects, he briefly
mentioned Mark eventually directing, some time in the future… Lianne:
Mark was indeed in Hawaii last week. He flew straight to Paris last
Saturday. E left one day earlier (Friday).
Hey, did you guys know that E worked for Donnie as well (among other
celebrities)? This man is very much in demand in Hollywood. He knows
the job and does it well. Naturally, I had to ask him why he stays
with Mark when he could be working for Kevin Spacey? Loyalty, he said.
Wow! I'm drained. It's like writing a paper for school! So, am I a
good student or what?!
Wishing you all a wonderful week.
© 2001 Applepie