Yesterday kind of sucked. Actually it really sucked. When I heard Brittany Murphy died I immediately wanted to kick her husband's ass. I really dislike the guy and in my opinion, and mine alone, I think she could have righted herself long ago if not for him.
The things that sucks about Brittany dying is that unlike some other people who have hit drugs hard in Hollywood and are still alive, Brittany actually had talent. She could actually act. Watch 8 Mile then watch Uptown Girls and then watch Spun and you can see the range she had. And for good measure listen to a few hundred episodes of King Of The Hill or watch Ramen Girl.
It sucks when anyone dies. It sucks even more when you know they had promise and a future and you were excited about them being clean and more big things from them. Brittany seemed to be trying to get straight. She would be fine for one movie and then lose it for the next. But, she was making progress. It used to be she couldn't get it together at all. One of the times she managed to pull it together in the past year was when she made the movie Abandoned which stars Brittany and Dean Cain.
Also in the movie is our very own America Young. America and I spoke about Brittany's death and her interactions with Brittany on the set. Here is what she had to say.
On the first day of shooting, Brittany took the time to walk around and introduce herself to everyone on the set. No one does that anymore. Right away it made everyone like her. This was the movie that Brittany had arranged for her husband to also be her makeup artist and so he was constantly there. Brittany loved this guy and he was always there for her and she treated him like her rock and her support. She never said anything bad about him and they never argued.
She showed up for work on time almost every day. She always knew all her lines and when she was performing everyone watched her. She was amazing. Everyone would always talk about her presence. Mimi Rogers raved over her and Dean Cain loved her. You could tell that when she was on she was very, very good.
She never threw one diva fit. This was a small budget movie but she never complained and never asked for anything unreasonable. There is one scene in the movie where an actor got really rough with her and threw her to the ground. It was way more than what was called for but, Brittany just got up from the ground and explained to the actor her boundaries in a calm manner and everything was fine.
She was one of the best actresses I have seen get to work in person and was incredibly nice to everyone and didn't just hide in her trailer when she wasn't shooting.