Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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A toast from me to you -- Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Beware the leprechauns!!

Time is flying by on Spring Break. Either too much stuff to do, or perhaps too little, since I’m not really doing any homework. But, nonetheless, It’s time to bring on the blarney charm and write something cool about St. Patricks Day.

man from Pierre dressed in green outfit for st pats day

A very festive Pierre resident bringing on the St. Paddy's Day spirit at Bob's Lounge in Pierre, S.D. This gentlemen dyes his beard each year for this occasion.

It’s always been one of my favorite holidays, you know dressing up in green, pinching people and consuming mass volumes of green beer. I think one the coolest moms on Earth put it so succinctly one year during a session of the South Dakota Senate. I can’t remember what she said verbatim, but state Sen. Nancy Turbak Berry, D-Watertown, told members of the senate “Happy St. Patrick’s Day,” and if she could pass along a tradition to the state legislature, St. Patrick’s Day would be a day to take off from work. Her kids, Seamus and Liam Culhane, were allowed to play hookey on St. Patrick’s Day, since birth — my sentiments precisely. As of right now, my brain has now checked “out” and is now off-duty. (OK, lemme finish my blog first. BTW, I post every WEDNESDAY, so come back here.)

portrait of South Dakota senator nancy turbak berry

South Dakota state Sen. Nancy Turbak Berry, D-Watertown

Adria Johnson serves green beer

Adria Johnson brings heavy pitchers of green beer to her bar patrons at the bar formerly known as Mitch's GrandStan in Pierre, S.D., March 17, 2007.

Let me digress now on the past three St. Paddy’s Day memoirs. Hmm. In 2009, I was traveling thru the small town of Pierre, S.D. It was only a year earlier the honorable senator made her remark about her family tradition. I was still living in Pierre, a political reporter at the Capital Journal, back then, but last year I believe I was heading back west to New Mexico, after working a few odd jobs in New York, and Michigan. Pierre has a lovely tradition of having a parade and bringing the whole town together to celebrate…. it was the first time I saw Pierre’s new mayor, Laurie Gill, waving to the crowd on the city float. It was chilly that day. Me and this little rascal; a kid of about 10 years old standing next to me, started being very competitive about gathering the candy being thrown around us. We bumped heads, literally, several times diving for Lemonheads and Everlasting Gobstoppers. The final laugh for the little squirt was me chomping down on a very piece of hard candy. A premolar that was losing life slowly all of sudden succombed to the candy and broke; nearly in half. OMG! Pain could not be measured on a scale of 1 to 10. Perhaps, 25, or 40 would be where I was on that 10 scale.

Dan Myers and Adam wearing goggles

Adam sporting fashionable St. Patty's Day mega glasses and Dan Myers at the Silver Spur Saloon in Fort Pierre. This bar is only opened one day a year to keep it's liquor license (valued over $100,000) alive.

Luckily, that’s where green beer comes in. And, Irish Car Bombs. Oh those people in Pierre. I think this was the third year I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in Pierre. So to you my fellow Pierrites (or Pierronians, or whatever), I raise my Molson Ice (dyed green with food coloring just a second ago), to Dean Peterson, Dan Myers, Jen Neely, Jen “who throws bugs at Crystal L.” Cannes, Laz Szomor, Christopher “Shakespeare” Webb, Sheila and Gina, Jeff Bunn, Kent Anderson, and the rest of you mofos out there that I failed to mention — the best to all of you. What is St. Paddy’s Day without you? Geez. How depressing.

Laz, Dean and Chris

We can probably call these hooligans the Rat Pack of Pierre. From left, Laz Szomor, Dean Peterson and Chris Webb.

Let’s not forget about the mystical Irish creature who guards the pot of gold on this day. They are alive and well in Pierre… near the waters of the Missouri River, in and around La Framboise Island. I’ve heard the call of the leprechaun. Dean and I sent Chris Webb on his merry way to locate the bizarre creatures… he instead lassoed in a girl from the ruff. Oops, you know who you are… hehah. Just seeing if you’re reading my blog. Be thankful, I didn’t mention names here. Because, it was an amusing night. Anyway, they hang out in the dark shadows guarding their beloved treasure. They’re troll-like things — LEPRECHAUNS… scarey!

Bob's Lounge in Pierre

A look at Bob's Lounge on March 17, 2007, in Pierre, S.D. If you look closely at the sidewalk in front of the bar, you'll see a freshly painted shamrock. Cheers!

Well, enough of my musings of St. Patricks Day. My agenda for this afternoon is to see the holiday parade downtown Cleveland. It won’t be the same as Pierre, but it’ll have to suffice for now. Oh yeah, cheers to Bob’s Lounge in Pierre, as they repaint the green Shamrock on the sidewalk out front — a once a year festivity.

Bronson Peshlakai on St. Pats day 2007

Bronson Peshlakai, your's truly, wearing no flair for the St. Patrick's Day holiday in Pierre, S.D., 2007. I'm ready this year baby.

I’ve got my Kelly Green Polo shirt ready, as well as some Paddy’s Day trinkets that blink and stuff. Stopping for a bit of holiday merriment after the parade is almost a certainty. I was planning to celebrate this day in New York City, but other plans have creeped up last minute. This evening, I’ll mosey my way to Little Italy (Cleveland, not New York) to the Holy Rosary Cathedral to begin rehearsals for Easter services coming up in a few weeks. Let’s hope I don’t get caught up seeking an imaginery pot of gold by means of metabolizing ethanol molecules tinged with green dye.

Have a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day!!!


“MacGyver” Spoof rated ‘Hard-R’, “MacGruber” Keeps Mullet Alive

Movie starring Will Forte,
and me as an “extra,” has release date pushed back

“It’s kind of in the vein of, like, eighties action movies, like there’s a very definitive bad guy . . . The thing that kind of blew my mind about it is that it’s like a HARD-R movie.” Bill Hader, SNL Actor

EDITOR NOTE: This is part one of a two-part series about the release date and newly released trailer of MacGruber, a spoof of 80s TV show MacGyver. Part 2 being published at this site Thursday will give a behind-the-scenes look at a filming location near Santa Fe, N.M., in August, 2009.

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Will Forte standing near his car as MacGruber, in this first official photo release

By Bronson Peshlakai

CLEVELAND — With the Oscars a short memory away, a movie spoofing 80s TV show MacGyver is ready to make its first public appearance and its makers are hoping the crowd will savor for it the next awards.

  In just under six days, Relativity Media’s “MacGruber” is scheduled to play at the SXSW Film Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas.

  The film produced by Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels, among others, stars SNL actors Will Forte, as MacGruber, Kristen Wiig, Sam Elliott and Maya Rudolph. Ryan Phillippe and Val Kilmer also have starring roles in the film. Oh yeah, did I mention, I’m in the movie as a Peruvian villager? At least I was there during filming — we’ll see if I made the cutting room floor when the movie is released May 21, 2010.

SNL's Bill Hader

SNL Actor
Bill Hader

“I read the script, and it’s like a hard-R comedy, and it totally works. It’s hilarious,” SNL actor Bill Hader told New York Magazine. “It’s kind of in the vein of, like, eighties action movies, like there’s a very definitive bad guy. I don’t know if I can talk about the plot too much, but it’s hilarious. The thing that kind of blew my mind about it is that it’s like a HARD-R movie.”
  Industry critics and bloggers tout MacGruber of having coarse language and male nudity.

  When diabolical madman Deiter VanCunth aims to fire a missle at Washington DC, “only one American hero has earned the rank of Green Beret, Navy SEAL and Army” to save the day, an iMDB plot synopsis reads. “Just one operative has been awarded 16 purple hearts, two Congressional Medals of Honor and seven Presidential Medals of Bravery. And only one guy is man enough to still sport a mullet.”

Photo mug of the original MacGyver

Richard Dean Anderson

  The original MacGyver, played by Richard Dean Anderson in the 1980s, who transformed gum and nitroglycerin pills into bombs, and had a solution to most predicaments using a Swiss Army knife and Duct Tape, seems to be the idea behind MacGruber, at least according to MacGyver producer Lee Zlotoff.

  Zlotoff reportedly had plans to adapt the 80s TV action show to the big screen and was considering filing a copyright or trademark lawsuit against MacGruber’s release in early February, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

  “We felt they’re infringing our rights,” Zlotoff’s lawyer, Paul Mayersohn, told The Hollywood Reporter.

  A call Tuesday to Mayersohn, of Surpin, Mayersohn and Edelstone, a Los Angeles law firm, confirmed that Mayersohn may still be looking into filing the injunction, but no details were given.

  The film was filmed in and around the Albuquerque, N.M., area in August and September, 2009.

MacGruber film location near Santa Fe, NM

El Rancho de las Golondrinas,
film location near Santa Fe, N.M.

  I was part of the filming cast as a background actor for scenes set at a Peruvian village, where MacGruber reclused himself at a monastery type venue for 10 years after his fiancee was killed. These scenes were filmed at El Rancho de las Golondrinas near La Cienega, N.M., about 15 miles southwest of Sante Fe. (More on filming day in Part 2 of this series on Thursday)

  After 13 hours of filming in August, I was told the release date for the movie was April 14, 2010, but the movie’s release has been pushed back to May 21, according to Universal Pictures. MacGruber is now expected to hit theaters along with “Shrek Forever After.”

  For a $475 film badge, MacGruber is being shown along with other movies at the SXSW Film Festival March 15 at 9:30 p.m. CDT, at the Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas.

  MacGruber is directed by Jorma Taccone, who also had a part in writing the movie.

Be sure to CHECK BACK HERE TOMORROW, for Part 2 of this special series. Part 2 will include some pictures on set, and a first person point-of-view of the 13-hour day of filming with Ryan Phillippe, Will Forte and his sit-to-stand flipping stunt double.