Guest Column: ‘The Machine’ Writer Explains the Heartbreaking Reason He’s Skipping the Premiere

Guest Column: ‘The Machine’ Writer Explains the Heartbreaking Reason He’s Skipping the Premiere

Kevin Biegel, left, with his father, Peter Biegel When you tell people they're actually gonna film the you wrote, the first two questions are always, “Is there a premiere? Are you going to the premiere?” It's partially out of excitement, partially out of shock that you, a writer, a goblin troll thing that sits in a dark cave and writes fart jokes for a living, will actually get out into the light. Premieres are mythical things to most people, full of flashbulbs and red carpets and, to a writer, that rarest thing of all: acknowledgement. People win contests to go to premieres. The news covers premieres. The magazine your aunt reads does full-page splashes on premieres, and if you're lucky enough to get half a face in a photo as you stand way behind a star, relatives back home will cut it out and frame it. “Look, there's Zendaya and my nephew Kevin.” I've dreamed of a movie since I was a kid, since my dad started taking me to see things that were way too mature for my sugar-soaked brain. Full Metal Jacket at age 9? Why not. I came to Hollywood with a dream to write movies and pursued it for 20 years. I've loved working in TV, but movies are different. Bigger. “Someday,” dad would say, “maybe you'll take me to a premiere.” Here was the man who taught me to love movies, and now I got to make a wish of his and a dream of mine come true. There was going to be a big premiere for a movie I wrote along with Scotty Landes, a summer movie no less. And I was going to take Dad. The movie is even a father-son . It feels too perfect to be real, my own slice of Hollywood magic, the greatest gift and reward and acknowledgement ever. And I'm not going. Well, fuck. At first, ego said I had to. I worked too hard for this. And Dad would be next to me, seeing this career his son chose come to fruition in a […]

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