Diary Of A Hollywood Refugee

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Californication........................Here I Cum :>)

"Californication" is a dark, raunchy, twisted, comedy loaded with sex and filled with heart. For all those reasons, and more, it is destined to be one of the most hated or most loved series on cable.

David Duchovny plays Hank Moody, a disillusioned writer, suffering from writers block and lost in a spiritual black hole.

Karen, the woman he loves, his longtime girlfriend and mother of his daughter Becca, had screwed around on him, at the same his book was turned into a soulless lightweight Hollywood feature film. His descent into drugs, meaningless sex and the dark night of Soul, is Hank's way of dealing with the betrayal he experienced, not just from his Karen, but also from Hollywood. Lonely, lost, hurt, angry, compelling, disillusioned, unapologetically honest, he is unexpectedly forced to deal with his demons in a way he could have never imagined.

But you can read all the various story description elsewhere, at the end of the day, Hank Moody is David Duchovny at his very best----funny, dark, understated, offbeat, oddball, intellectual, at times profound, and always deeply charming.

I had the pleasure of meeting David years ago in Vancouver, and later in LA with his beautiful wife Tea Leonie. At that time, I repped one of tv's best cinematographers, John Bartley, who had created the dark moody imagery that defined X-Files visually. I had long been was a fan of David's work as Denis/Denise on "Twin Peaks" and in the series Red Shoe Diaries, in which he played the uber sexy narrator, Jake. And, I was completely smitten with the character of Fox Muldaur. X-Files remains one of my all time top ten favorite shows.

Having worked in Hollywood for years, I know first had that sometimes meeting an actor can be disillusioning. Reality doesn't always measure up to the fantasy.

In meeting David, I can honestly say that the reality was much better! He is every bit as good looking in person, as well as charming, funny, extremely smart, ( dare I say cerebral) hard working, talented, and one helluva a nice guy. I spent two very enjoyable hours sitting on his lap (pre-Tea Leoni) at the Sutton Place in Vancouver.

"Californication" plays to his strengths, has a great cast, top notch acting, superb writing, and high quality directing. It is sure to be the most talked about show this season.



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