Driving to pick up Ikuni:
- Followed a manic little bird as I ascended the curvy ramp to the expressway. Flapping wildly, he maintained the lead most of the way.
- Rediscovered how much I love driving on a straight stretch of road with no other vehicles in my path–listening to a rock song, speeding past trees, feeling like I’m flying.
- At one point, the setting sun behind me was brilliantly reflected in both the inside and outside rearview mirrors. For a few seconds there were two suns in the sky.
Driving home with Ikuni:
- Talked about Ewan McGregor and his performance in Velvet Goldmine , the film we watched together last night.
- Ikuni said one of the reasons he was such a good actor was because he understood that each character has his own, unique physicality and center of gravity.
- I asked her what she meant by “center of gravity.”
- She described how he sat or stood in different films. In Velvet Goldmine, for instance, his center of gravity was in his lower abdomen. In Moulin Rouge it was high, around his shoulders and head. In Star Wars (and his performance is one of the only reasons we watch Episodes I-III) it was solidly in his chest. And each of these choices perfectly complimented the personalities of the characters.
- This instantly made sense to me, and I marveled again at the person beside me who is my daughter.