The Nick Cage action film
Bangkok Dangerous has opened to good reviews in the United States. The New Yorker liked it as well. Next week the film
will open in Bangkok. My friend Jim Newport, who is the guy responsible for the
great sets in the film, invited me out to the set during the production of the
film. The bell tower in Prague was recreated on a vast sound stage in Bangkok. I
had a chance to see the scene unfold one evening.
another connection with the film. One of my books appears in several
The basic story is Nick Cage comes
to Bangkok as a hitman with a mission.
In one scene, Cage is cleaning his
handgun, in advance of action.
If you look carefully in the lower
right hand corner you will see a copy of A Haunting
I have it on good authority that
Nick Cage picked that book to be in the shot.
It is unclear whether he knew that
A Haunting Smile was set in Bangkok during the 1992 coup. Bangkok Dangerous was
shot as the 2006 coup unfolded, and has been released in 2008 as demonstrators
have taken over Government House in an attempt to force out the government
elected late last year. Having A Haunting Smile in the shot is appropriate for a
gunman on his way to carry out a mission.
The screen time will be about the
same as my one time part in a TV movie called Covert Action. If you blinked, you
would have missed me. Even if you don't blink, it is likely you won't pick out
the book on the hitman's table.