There were a lot of rumours circulating about Derrick James. It was said that he had been to counseling to help with his anger and racism issues. He had disappeared from public view for months and then reappeared as a supposedly changed man.
Jake Weintraub was nervous about the meeting at his agent’s office. Marty Shmeitz had always been upfront and straight and the fact he needed to meet with him immediately (his exact words were ‘’drop everything and get to my fuckin’ office fast) meant something was going on.
When Jake arrived he was immediately escorted into a boardroom. Sitting there was Marty and two women he didn’t recognize. Marty stood up and closed the door. ‘’Jake, I want to introduce you to Susan Rice and Wendy Moody, they are the President and Executive Producers at Win Win Studios. The studio is a subsidiary of the LOMEIKEN Group. They have optioned the script you wrote ‘’Toronto LockDown’’
Jake had never heard of Win Win Studios, but was delighted that his script had been sold. Marty was pacing around ‘’The thing is the studio wants to have Derrick James play the lead. The thing is nobody wants to do media with the guy. Even if he has seen the light and reformed. That being said, as the writer of the script, Susan and Wendy want you to join with Derrik to promote the movie.’’
Susan smiled ‘’Our publicists have arranged a media room at the Toronto Film Festival. You will receive an additional twenty-five thousand dollars and have all expenses covered. You will spend three days with Derrik talking up the movie. Our publicists will not allow the media to question Derrik about his past behaviour and if things get uncomfortable they will step in.’’
Wendy who had been very quiet looked at Jake. ‘’We have been assured by Derrik and his Agency that he is a changed man. We trust his demons have been defeated. We ask you to support the film and we know it will lead to good things for everybody.’’
Jake was conflicted, Derrik had made racist comments about Jews and Blacks that had been caught on tape and his xenophobic rants had been seen and heard by crew members on different film sets.
The idea of spending time with the guy was appalling but an extra twenty-five thousand dollars would come in handy. He had…