My first week day on the job and with a few happy customers behind me I was feeling confident.
I found a street that looked promising, I checked the name... Cemetery Lane... Hmm... Curious, but then again that large house at the very end looked incredibly promising!
I knocked on a few doors down the lane and was greeted by a friendly "Hello" and a smile, but no takers for my services. Shame, I thought, but there was still that house, number 1313.
Eventually I got to the building, it was more a crumbling mansion than a house and looked like it should have been condemned... A number of times! But it had chimneys, lots of chimneys that looked like they hadn't been swept in centuries, let alone years and if these guys needed them cleaned then I could make enough money to retire!
I took a deep breath and pushed on the enormous metal gate... creeeeeeeeek it went as I pushed with all my strength, these people obviously didn't have visitors much, I had some WD40 in my van, I made a mental note to offer some to whoever in gods name lived here.
I made my way up the path and as I did a curious thing happened, the once gloriously sunny day got darker and darker with every step up the path, eventually covering the entire sky, I looked back at the street, still sunny? But... How? Why?
I started to turn back, just the outside of this place made my bones rattle and the blood freeze in their veins, what the hell would the inside look like? Or it's residence?! I stopped and told myself to pull it together, this could be worth a fortune! I took deep breath and turned back.
Getting to the door was just the first step, the house loomed above me like a something from a 1960s horror movie and the knocker on the door was heavy and monstrous... Everything seemed to be screaming at me "Run!!!" But I didn't, I had made it this far... Time to see who, or what was inside...
BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!
I stood outside, my brushes rattling as I shook with fear... Then suddenly with a loud creek the door opened and I was greeted with... a belt and trousers? For a second I was perplexed and then I looked up... and up... and up... And there standing in front of me was a man, now I'm not too tall, but this man was huge... and familiar looking... Very familiar looking...
And then he smiled spoke and I knew exactly who he was....
Carel Struycken is a Dutch film, television, and stage actor. He is best known for playing the Giant in Twin Peaks, Mr. Homn in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Lurch in the films The Addams Family, Addams Family Values and Addams Family Reunion. He is an exceptionally tall man at 2.13 metres (7 feet) and thus is often called upon to play character or comedic roles in which height plays a major part.
Oh my goodness what a chance... Never mind the chimneys I thought, lets ask some questions!!
I had to ask about the height thing... So, when did you or your family first realise how tall you were going to be?
I knew that he had been born in The Netherlands, grew up in the Caribbean and have had most of your career in the US, So, I wondered, where do he consider home?
He'd graduated from a directing program at a film school in Amsterdam, following which he did a year at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, so I wondered if he'd wished he had stuck to it or did he prefer acting?
Steve Martin's performance as Dr. Maxwell was one of the highlights of the film for me."
I looked at the house again and only one film sprung to mind... I had to ask, you must have been an obvious choice for Lurch in the Addams family? Did you just sit back and wait for the call??
So how did he sweet talk him, I wondered...?
I told them that people in the street often asked me if I was Lurch and it would be a relief to from now on be able to answer in the affirmative."
Now there is a very famous cast member called 'Thing', who unlike the rest is just a disembodied hand. I wondered what was it like filming with just a body part? I guessed that there had to be a real body to go with the hand... So was it hard having to act round the body when it’s not supposed to be there?
I asked what were the cast and crew like? – Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, Acting alongside talents such Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd etc. Did you socialise much with them between filming?
I wondered if he you ever imagined that dear sweet little Christina Ricci would grow up to be so beautiful and successful?
And do people ever assume that he is actually mute?
"When I am out with my family, people sometimes approach my wife or one of my (by now grown-up) children and start asking questions about me as if I am not there. That is always a bit puzzling. Maybe they think I am an extraterrestrial, which is fine with me."
That was fantastic, I thought as we said our goodbyes and with a creek and a Boom the heavy door slowly closed behind me.
I walked down the path on a high, what a story to tell to my wife, she'd never believe me!
I tugged open the gate with some effort and walked out to the sunny summer afternoon, I was deliriously happy but there was something nagging at me... What was it?
I wrestled all my brushes and poles into my van and drove off... But still had this nagging feeling that I'd forgotten to ask him something... But what was it? What could it have been?
It was only as I was sitting in bed ready to sleep that it finally hit me and I realised what I'd forgotten to ask....
.... THE CHIMNEYS!!! I'd forgotten to ask about the bloody chimneys!
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