In 1992, a movie based on the John Steinbeck novel, "Of Mice and Men," was directed by Gary Sinise. He starred as George and John Malkovich starred as Lennie.
Most people didn't know who he was at the time, but I was friends with Tom Ford, who made me go see a lot of movies back then.
So I'd seen Sinise in a movie called "A Midnight Clear," which was directed by Keith Gordon and starred among others, Ethan Hawke, Peter Berg, Kevin Dillon, Arye Gross and Frank Whaley. It was an excellent movie.
When a public relations person I knew who works in Atlanta called and asked if I wanted to interview Sinise, I jumped at the chance.
He was, as you'd expect, a very smart, thoughtful man. I was his last interview and I knew he was anxious to go because his wife had just had, I think, their second or third child.
Later, with the popularity of "Forrest Gump" and his Lt. Dan character, he became a bigger name. And then came "CSI: New York." Today, he's a bona fide star.
I knew it a long time ago. It's great to see real actors who work hard at their craft get the recognition they deserve.
Sinise is in town today with Jake Rademacher. Rademacher has made a documentar, "Brothers at War," which Sinise executive produced. It's about two of Rademacher's brothers who have served in Iraq.
Bo Bartlett e-mailed me and asked if I see Sinise today to give him his phone number. Bo knows a lot of people in Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater. Sinise is one of the founders. I hope I can slip him Bo's number.
I won't be doing the interview with Sinise today. That will be my colleague Lily Gordon's job. I'll be talking to people after they've watched the documentary.