•• Interview from The 1988 Project! – Ms Perkins is a star of stage and screen, getting her Broadway start in the great Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” (when they renamed the Alvin Theater, “The Neil Simon”) I could go on forever about her many memorable projects and how much she has contributed to our pop culture lexicon. This is evident by her multiple nominations for her work on the TV show Weeds. “Indian Summer“, “28 Days” and “He Said/She Said“, the list of projects is endlessly great. I can not watch He Said/She Said enough and have always thought it was such an original concept in the way the story flows back and forth, like Pulp Fiction if it was a romantic comedy. Oh my gosh, I can’t forget Barry Levinson’s “Avonlea“. A perfect movie about the joys and heartbreak of family. When I worked at Johns Hopkins I tried to track down the locations! But, as always, as much as we want to ask her questions about everything, we focus our attentions to 1988. In 1988, Ms Perkins starred in the top grossing comedy Big and the drama/comedy Sweetheart’s Dance. Big would go on to be the 4th highest grossing movie of 1988 and be said to launch the next level of success for many of its stars, director Penny Marshall, and screenwriter Gary Ross (Pleasantville, The Hunger Games). Her performance as an executive trying to find a new sense of wonderment through 13 year old turned 30 year old Josh Baskin, is the stuff of movie legends. Welcome Ms Perkins to the 1988 film project.
•• 1988 Film Project: What do remember about 1988?
– That smoking was banned on airplanes, The Boss separated from his non-Jersey girl wife Julianne Phillips, and the Bush-Quayle ticket
•• Big would go on to be one of the highest grossing movies of 1988, despite a full slate of body switching films that year (18 Again!, Vice Versa,etc). However, your acting roots are in the theater.When it comes to making a production that will make an audience laugh, is there more pressure in a film or a theatrical performance?
– I was blessed, as T-Hanks was a consummate actor; giving, blessed, truly gifted. There were many body changing movies, but Big was the one that had heart. There is pressure on film AND theater when big money involved. Fear is a motivating factor of so many projects…sad but true. You can’t be truly creative in FEAR.
•• If you could go back to 1988 and change anything, would you? What would it be?
– Bush/Quayle; Get tickets to Amnesty international concert and MY HAIR (I am adding in the Vimeo Link of the HBO concerts…6 weeks of Sting, Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Tracey Chapman….wow,now I wish I had gone too!)