Such has been my screams of misery the past few days since a tragedy beyond my imagination occurred!
Kong and I first met in 1933, at RKO. He had just shot his film debut, King Kong, and it hadn't come out yet, so he was still humble and just grateful for the break Merian C. Cooper had given the enormous unknown ape. Fay Wray used to give him the cold shoulder away from the set. I was on the lot playing the title role in HER! also for Cooper. One day Willis O'Brien, Kong's trainer, introduced us. One glance upward at the gigantic Rod of Eros dangling 15 feet in the air above me and I was in LOVE!
As my long-time readers know from my posting last year, Tolkien Resistance, in the Peter Jackson movies of The Lord of the Rings, I played Gàlæƒêllåthéöñ, the Elvish-camp follower who travels with The Fellowship of the Rings to satisfy their manly needs and take their loads from them when they were weary, which they were a lot, especially Sean Astin. For no sensible reason, I was entirely cut from the theatrical-release version, even though what happened with Peter's son and I was completely consensual. I am in the ultra-long, mega-extended, 48-hour DVD edtion. During the shoot, I had a passionate love affair with the wildest of my all lovers, the indescribably sexy Gollum. He was truly My Precious.
After the shoot was over though, Gollum disappeared on me as completely as if he'd fallen into a volcano. Suddenly he was "Too busy" to take my calls. Meanwhile, an odd little British actor named Andy Sirkis, whom I had never even met before, tried to get familiar with me, and when I put him off, while pining for my Gollum, he began giving me the oddest looks.
Anyway, during the shoot, Peter Jackson, before The Cub Scouts Incident that is, mentioned to me that his next project was to be a remake of King Kong. Naturally, I recommended Kongy to play himself, and the result was one of the most amazing comebacks in show business history For several years, Kong had been working at Universal Studios, California, playing himself in the King Kong Exhibit. Jackson, a real fan, was delighted, and Kong was brought down to New Zealand for the shoot.
I traveled with Kong's co-stars to meet with Kong for the first day of the shoot, and give him a good-luck-shag. Kong himself snapped this shot of us all as we arrived.
I might add that Andy Sirkis was in this film too, playing Lumpy, Beaver Cleaver's brother Wally's friend, and he was still giving me these odd looks.
After the shoot, Kong had semi-retired back to Universal, where his terrible end came this past weekend. The biggest stud I have ever had is dead forever.
But I like to think that, in an Enchanted Place at the top of The Empire State Building, a girl and her giant, mega-hung ape will always be laying.