EDINGBURGH, SCOTLAND – I’ve been teasing this for a week now, so I can’t put it off any longer. It’s time to celebrate the wonder of Dan and his ineptitude at archery.
Earlier this month, I was at the junket for Disney/Pixar’s “Brave” in Edinburgh, Scotland and, on the first night, the assembled press descended upon Prestonfield House for dinner and a slew of stand-up opportunities. Stand-ups are usually for TV reporters to give a little more color to otherwise basic interview opportunities. One of the stand-ups involved archery, a skill I haven’t utilized since I was 10 at Camp White Pine in Halliburton, Ontario. And even when I was utilizing said skill — maybe once or twice per summer, maximum — I wasn’t actually very skillful, a lack of coordination that has only intensified in the subsequent decades.
With the help of Jim, an endearingly patient man in a kilt, I reminded myself why my life is best lived weapon-free.
Kudos to HitFix’s James Jhun for the ace job of crafting eight or nine minutes of awkwardness into a well-crafted three minutes of self-mockery!
And, meanwhile, check out the other “Brave” interviews I did on the junket.
Director Mark Andrews and Producer Katherine Sarafian
Pixar Head Honcho John Lasseter
“Brave” is now in theaters.