In Bed With Madonna – From Truth or Dare to Body of Evidence
I first met Madonna early in my tenure with movie-mogul legend Dino De Laurentiis while producing the film Body of Evidence, which also starred Julianne Moore, Anne Archer, Joe Mantegna and Willem Defoe.
It was my job to serve as the creative producer on location and make sure that the film stayed on budget. It was also my responsibility to assure that Madonna was happy with the whole process and that scared the hell out of me.
Madonna was much more important to the project than I was so I had no idea how I was going to have any kind of levearage with her at all. If she wanted something, how was I going to say no? If her whims took us over budget, I know Dino wouldn’t hesitate to fire me and that was something I couldn’t afford to let happen.
To clarify everything, I asked for a meeting with Madonna and went to her house to see her. I had decided to be totally honest with her and basically throw myself at her mercy. With my heart in my throat, I stammered out something like:
“Look, you’re the most famous woman in the world and I’m just a guy at a production company who needs to keep the film on budget and on schedule. I have now ay to force you to do anything because we both know that you’re a lot more imporatnt to the movie than I am. So, that that said, I just need to know directly from you: what do I have to do to make this work for you and also find a way to prevent myself from being fired?”
Her reaction in that moment will forever be etched in my memory.
Find out what Madonna said, and also find out what I mean when I say that “Madonna gave me lessons in honesty ” in chapter twelve of Bringing Back The Old Hollywood.
Here’s the Body of Evidence movie trailer from way back in 1992
Synopsis of Body of Evidence, starring Madonna and Willem Defoe (from Wikipedia)
After her much older, wealthy lover dies following an intense session of sadomasochistic sex, dominatrix Rebecca Carlson (Madonna) finds herself charged with his murder. Desperate for freedom, she slowly seduces her attorney, Frank Delaney (Willem Dafoe), and embarks on a dark and dangerous affair with him.