A number of film awards pundits are predicting it will be a big night Sunday at the Beverly Hilton for Michael Keaton and Birdman. In advance of an odds-on acceptance from Bat-Birdman, we thought we’d set the stage with this gem from last summer:
Keaton, who is three years older than the PBS Channel 13 outlet, spoke recently in Los Angeles with freelance writer Joe Coskey (for Hong Kong’s Prestige magazine) about those early Pittsburgh-to-the-great unknown days. From the interview:
WHAT GAVE YOU THE BALLS TO THINK THAT YOU COULD GO FROM PITTSBURGH TO HOLLYWOOD AND SUCCEED?
KEATON: No f*cking idea. When I look back at it now… First of all, I pat myself on the back for doing it. But the other part of me is like, “What was he thinking? He’s so crazy.” It’d be harder now. I can’t remember the exact amount of money I had, but I know it was under $300 that I’d saved. Almost all of it was gone once I bought an airline ticket. No place to stay, no connections… no, not true. One guy who was already making a living as a comedy writer – I was moving to New York – and he said to me, “You should come and try LA out. It’s wide open.”
At the outset of 2014 film awards season, Keaton gave a nice shout out to WQED while appearing on Live with Kelly and Michael. Chances are good there will be another this Sunday.
P.S. The Prestige cover story includes some fantastic shots of Keaton by Eric Roy, several of which made wonderful use (at the same Mid-City Los Angeles location) of a birdcage and real, live falcon. Check them out here.