When I see three oranges, I juggle. When I see two towers, I walk.
October 11, 2008 7:55 PM Subscribe
posted by jessamyn (32 comments total)
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When Man on Wire
won a Grand Jury Prize: at Sundance
this year, many could hazily remember
's high-wire walk between the World Trade Center Towers in New York
in 1974 (previously)
but few knew the extent to which the entire endeavor was a wacky multinational caper
Additional trivia: The movie has gotten 100% positive reviews
on Rotten Tomatoes; Debra Winger
has it written into her film contracts that there should always be a visual tribute to Petit; [conspirator's] Jean-François Heckel's reward for the twin towers coup was to be unceremoniously expelled from the United States
, whereas Petit received a lifetime pass to the WTC observation deck; Petit has been arrested over 500 times
and can kill someone
with an issue of People Magazine. Longer Petit interview
from 1999 on Charlie Rose.
In Petit's own words
I found out that the only way to protect my life was to know as much about the wire, about the rigging, about my limits as possible. Life is something to be cherished, and in this very, very dangerous profession of mine, a millisecond of inattention, a millimetre of being in the wrong place puts you out of balance and you lose your life immediately. Since I absolutely don't want to do that, I am in a very strange kind of solid control, in a world that is made of infinite fragility...