Allegra Huston, daughter of legendary director John Huston and younger sister of Anjelica Huston, has written a hilarious, 10-page screenplay entitled “Good Luck, Mr. Gorski!” based on an urban legend surrounding Neil Armstrong. As the story goes, when Armstrong was a boy in Ohio, he overheard his next-door neighbor Mrs. Gorski responding to her husband’s request for oral sex by saying, “You’ll get oral sex the day the kid next door walks on the moon!” So Huston imagines the aftermath.
Tonight, Joan Juliet Buck, Griffin Dunne, Aimee Mullins, John Buffalo Mailer and Trey Speegle will take part in a reading at Greenhouse in Manhattan’s TriBeCa neighborhood. (Huston is still seeking funds to support the film’s shoot).
Just minutes after landing from London, Huston — who lives in Taos, N.M., with her husband — chatted with WWD about keeping a story alive and the power of the Internet.
WWD: What sparked this as an idea for a film?
Allegra Huston: The story was making the rounds 12 years ago, and I thought it was very funny. It just stayed with me and I started wondering what happened.
WWD: Why did you decide to partially finance it through PayPal donations on your Web site?
A.H.: [I didn’t get a $20,000 grant] and I just thought, “I’m buggered.” So I was like, “I wonder if I can find a thousand people to chip in 20 bucks.” I tried the idea out on [some girlfriends]. And they were like, “Yeah, go for it. We’ll all chip in.” So I set up a bank account for it, and I got a PayPal button and just started putting the word out. My oldest friend, Kate O’Toole [daughter of Peter], really picked up the ball and ran with it and seems to have recruited half of Ireland.
WWD: Do you remember when Armstrong landed on the moon?
A.H.: It was the summer after my mother [Ricki Soma] died, and I had already moved to Ireland by that time. I suppose the moon landing must have been shown on Irish TV. But I had no idea about it.
For more information, check out allegrahuston.com/gorski.html