Up until Hurricane Katrina, my thoughts of New Orleans were centered around the movie Undercover Blues with Dennis Quaid and Kathleen Turner. If you remember, they play a married couple of spies who are trying to get out of the spy business because they've just had their first baby. That movie is a big homage to the beautiful architecture and culture of New Orleans.
I love it when they're pushing their stroller through an open air market and the agent trying to convince them to help asks if their baby is a boy or girl. Dennis Quaid's character instantly answers, "Well I certainly hope so!" Gets me every time. I also love when the couple are getting in bed for the night, and feeling amorous, Kathleen Turner asks her husband to kill the lights, so Quaid does this quick karate chop and destroys the lamp on the nearby table. Gonna try that someday.
I don't know how Stanley Tucci feels about his role in that movie, but to me, it's one of his best and I love him for it.
Hurricane Katrina put New Orleans on the news every night for weeks in a different kind of homage. So many displaced from their homes and so much violence in the aftermath. A few weeks later a large group of people, mostly children, were sent here to Lehi, Utah to stay at Camp Williams to stay. We went to volunteer to sort through mounds of clothes donated by the community and to play with the kids. They had such an empty look in their eyes. No child should have that look.
Architecture plays such a big part of New Orleans, I knew we had to do a door for it. The boldness of colors in their paint and metal is inspiring and I love the southern shutters and porches.