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student in communication and script
supervisor for Secret Honor.
"HE GIVES people the opportunity to
take the initiative - to give their
ideas," Wessinger says. Students are
participating as wardrobe assistants,
prop coordinators, and office security
And like any internship, the student
jobs on Secret Honor are not much
more than glorified gopher work. But
students gain experience and exposure
to real Hollywood filmmaking.
Some media critics such as Detroit
Free Press columnist Bob Talbert,
charge Altman with cashing in on
,cheap student labor, but the novice
crew members shudder at such claims.
P"You're learning on the job," said LSA
sophomore Larry Shapiro, who works
as a stage hand. "Every student has a
responsibility. We ^work within our
space, but we are a part of the produc-
tion crew and we're treated as (such)."
"I love it," he says. Altman "wanted
to give everybody a shot. I'm learning
-more here than I have in the classroom."
Doing simple tasks, such as guarding
dorm halls as "office security," isn't
belittling, adds Toni Perrine, a
graduate student in telecommunication
who policed Martha Cook halls last
week, hushing passersby.
"ALTMAN told us before (shooting
began) how it would be," Perrine says.
;Not getting actual "hands-on" experien-
ce is all right because "it's mainly good
experience just being around
Altman has returned to small-scale
,filmmaking with Secret Honor which
has a budget of less than $100,000 - a
c miniscule amount by Hollywood stan-
' A growing distaste for egotistical
stars who are motivated solely by
money instead of quality is Altman's
main reason for experimenting with the
low-budget Secret Honor.
& Altman criticizes top-draw stars like
Gene - Hackman and Robert Redford
because they would never even look at a
relatively inexpensive film like Secret
t HacKman) wouldn't do a picture
for $40,000 - which is a living wage.
Everybody just wants to be a 'star.'
What may be happening is that you're
*>elling your soul to old money."
AND EVEN Altman admits that he
thas "succumbed to (the dollar) time
sand time again. It becomes so insidious
that you don't even know it's hap-1
"All of these classes I go to people
Daily Photo by DEBORAH LEWIS
LSA senior Peter Mercurio signals the beginning of another scene in Robert Altman's new movie, 'Secret Honor: The
Last Testament of Richard M. Nixon,' which is filming in Martha Cook's Red Room.
talk about the 'art' in this and the 'art'
in that - nobody ever really talks about
what success does to you - how par-
ticularly success can destroy you, can
simply marvelous actor - and his
agent won't let him read a script unless
he gets an offer of $2.5 million.
"Now I'm not gonna pay him $2.5
I love it. You're learning on the job. (Alt-
man) wanted to give everybody a shot. I'm
learning more here than I have in the
classroom.' - Larry Shapiro
ture done.' (Directors) are just in it for
the commerce, too. They give the guy
$2.5 million and make a lousy picture.
"He does five of those in a row and
suddenly Gene Hackman is yesterday's
Altman has returned to his film-
making roots with Secret Honor. The
film is a single character study of
Richard Nixon and shows his attempts
to cope with his guilt after Watergate.
After Altman saw the original stage
version of Secret Honor, he says "it was
politically, and historically, very in-
teresting and the story stayed with me.
I thought, Jesus, every one of these
guys that ends up with that kind of
power, must have things that they can
never tell anybody. There's no way to
Profile will return i p next
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reportsa
Salvadoran peasants accuse
leftist rebels of massacre
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - Peasants fleeing a village in eastern San
Miguel province reported that leftist guerillas massacred 40 people,
Tilitary officials said yesterday.
The reported massacre came amid rebel charges that government air-
craft were bombing civilian targets in a counter-insurgency sweep of the San
In Guatemala, the Guatemalan foreign minister said the United States has
approved the sale of $2 million in helicopter parts in a resumption of U.S.
military aid for the first time since 1977.
Military officials at the San Miguel garrison said peasants fled the village
of San Antonio El Mosco, 110 miles east of the capital, after guerrillas
massacred at least 40 residents Thursday.
The village is near an area where the government is trying to re-populate
abandoned villages and farms under a Vietnam-style pacification program.
Gunmen fire at U.S. helicopter
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Moslem gunmen fired a rocket yesterday at a U.S.
helicopter off the Lebanese coast but missed, a Marine spokesman said.A
pair of explosions rocked west Beirut yesterday night, injuring 15 people.
The attacks came as Syria warned America risks a "Vietnam-type war"
by being in Lebanon.
U.S. Middle East envoy Donald Rumsfeld and Richard Murphy, the U.S.
assistant secretary of state for Near East and South Asian affairs, met with
Lebanese President Amin Gemayel, the state radio reported.
Neither American official made any statement after the 90-minute
meeting at the presidential palace. Both then flew to Amman, Jordan, the
radio said. It said the talks focused on the progress of a Saudi-sponsored'plan
to establish a true cease-fire in Lebanon.
In Amman, officials said Rumsfeld and Murphy met with King Hussein,
but there was no word on what they discussed.
Shultz will tour Latin America
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State George Shultz sets out Tuesday on a
nine-day tour of five Latin American and Caribbean countries, bearing a
message of American support and sympathy for the democratic processes in
Shultz was to have visited El Salvador and Brazil last fall but postponed
the trip after the bombing of the U.S. Marine headquarters in Beirut. On his
forthcoming trip, he will visit those two countries as well as Venezuela,
Grenada and Barbados.
All the countries on his itinerary are in varying stages of democratic
development, and a U.S. official who briefed reporters Friday said the
unifying theme for the Shultz trip is American support for democratization
of the region.
Shultz's tour will begin in El Salvador where presidential elections are
scheduled for March 25. El Salvador is currently headed by an unelected
civilian president, Alvaro Magana, and the Reagan administration is
hopeful that the March balloting will represent a major step toward ma-
king the country more democratic.
Arson suspected in hotel fire
ORLANDO, Fla. - A suspected arson.fire broke out in a 14-story hotel
early yesterday, injuring at least 34 people and forcing guests onto balconies
where some were rescued by ladders, officials said.
About 250 people were evacuated from the Howard Johnson's Hotel after
the fire broke out on the seventh floor of the 270-room building at 1:51 a.m.
and began spreading upward, officials said.
Fire department spokeswoman Leslie Brewington said 34 people, in-
cluding four firefighters, were treated at the scene for burns and smoke
inhalation. Officials at four local hospitals said they admitted 10 people and
treated and released 22 others.
"Suspicious persons" were seen leaving the hotel, but no arrests had been
made, Smith said. "Our investigators . . . termed this an arson case," he
said, adding that the fire began in a conduit that carries electrical wiring
through the building. The blaze was controlled about an hour later.
Guests, most awakened by a hotel intercom, fled to balconies to escape
smoke that spread as high as the 11th floor, said Brewington.
Ten people were plucked from seventh-floor balconies with a ladder truck
but those on higher floors were beyond the reach of rescue equipment
Brewington said. They waited until firefighters ventilated halls and arrived
with paramedics carrying oxygen equipment to escort them to safety, she
Andropov's nomination quells
rumors about failing health
MOSCOW - President Yuri Andropov officially became a candidate for
the Supreme Soviet yesterday in rubber stamp elections to be held March 4,
the Soviet news agency Tass said.
Andropov, 69, has been absent from public view for five and a half months
due to an undisclosed illness! His nomination indicated he is recovering and
has no intention of stepping down.
"The district commission of the Proletarsky electoral district of the city of
Moscow for elections to the Soviet of the Union of the USSR Supreme Soviet
yesterday registered Yuri Andropov...as candidate of the district," Tass
Andropov's name was put on the parliamentary ballot one day before
President Reagan was expected to announce his candidacy for re-election.
Unlike Reagan, Andropov faces no opposition and will not have to cam- -
change you," Altman says.
"Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra
Streisand, Woody Allen - name
anybody that's a big success and tell
me that they're not corrupt."
"THEIR hearts are gone," he says.
"I mean they're dealing with so much
power and with the commerce that they
(end up serving that commerce)."
"Take an actor like Hackman - a
million, I'm not gonna pay anybody
that. So what scripts does he end up get-
"He finally gets a script that's a piece
of shit because some guy's got a
package that (he'll put together) if he
can get somebody like Gene Hackman
or Paul Newman.
"So they say, 'Aw hell, I'll pay him
the $2.5 million in order to get my pic-
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