EDGAR WRIGHT

PROJECTIONIST & SOMERFIELD EM­PLOYEE

Empire (UK) - - ON.SCREEN -

“The worst job I ever had in terms of how bad I was at it was when I was a projectionist, at the Re­gal in Ten­bury Wells. In my de­fence, I was 15 and prob­a­bly shouldn’t have been do­ing it. The cinema had this huge old pro­jec­tor, and I was a weak­ling who could barely op­er­ate it. One time the film broke at the bot­tom and The Ad­ven­tures Of Baron Mun­chausen went sprawl­ing all over the floor like spaghetti. An­other night I put the trail­ers on back­wards. My fi­nal dis­as­ter was when I tried to fo­cus the lens and dropped it on the floor dur­ing the trailer for Li­cence To Kill. Luck­ily some­one in the au­di­ence was a projectionist and came to help, but I was sacked after that. My low­est mo­ments, though, were prob­a­bly [work­ing] at [su­per­mar­ket chain] Somerfield. I had al­ready started mak­ing am­a­teur movies, and I re­mem­ber one day as I was clean­ing pink baby vomit off the floor my boss walked past and loudly went, ‘He’s not in Hol­ly­wood yet, is he?’”

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