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Thomas Haden Church joins host Robin Milling at the Tribeca Film Festival to talk about his film, Whitewash. Thomas, who spends most of his time in balmy Texas, says it was shocking to endure below freezing cold temperatures in the snowy mountains of Montreal. In fact traveling to locations were so remote only snowmobiles could get there. And if the blizzardy conditions weren't dangerous enough, Thomas tells Robin he got frostbite from pelting ice thrown at him from eight-foot turbine fans at 60 miles an hour! Church even considered camping out in the ice cave his character fashions for shelter but the budgetary requirements for looking after him would have been too steep.
Church who now spends most of his time on his ranch in Texas makes movies almost as a side job. His next film is Lucky Them co-starring Toni Collette who is on a quest to search for her long lost rock star boyfriend played by Johnny Depp. Thomas who plays her friend documenting the adventure was courted by Paul Newman for the role. He tells Robin the story of how he received a package from Newman after returning home from shooting Spiderman 3. Enclosed was the script and a letter asking him to star in the film saying he was a Sideways fan. When Paul passed another letter came from Joanne Woodward asking him to stay on the project. Sadly he says he never got the opportunity to meet with Newman, but has their two letters framed together as a memento.
It's good to talk.