On Wednesday I had the pleasure of speaking with Lou Perrotti, the world's foremost expert on the American Burying Beetle. He vetted the dialogue and descriptions pertaining to the beetle in the script, corrected some inaccuracies and helped me determine a very similar sub-species that is not critically endangered that I will be able to use for the shoot that can pass for Nicrophorus Americanus. He's even going to send me some via Fed-Ex. I couldn't have asked for a better resource. That said, I think he was slightly taken aback by some aspects of the script. He didn't say anything, but in an email he mentioned he was "surprised" by the script. That masturbation scene really rubs people the wrong way. Usually that would compel me to keep it in for that reason alone, but I've actually removed it from the latest draft and I don't miss it. Plus, it'll make it easier to cast the kid if I don't have to worry about their parents freaking out about it.
The funny part which is actually annoying and not funny, is that Lou Perrotti, world's foremost expert on the American Burying Beetle, told me that Ron Howard's people had just contacted him because they are shooting a movie that features the beetle and wanted him to provide some of them to the production. I mean, what the fuck? Really? I didn't pick something obscure enough? All I know is I better get this thing done before they do theirs.
I sort of feel like, to paraphrase Humphrey Bogart:
Of all the beetle metaphors in all the movies in all the world, he walked into mine.