Everyone remembers the day Adrien Ballentine’s mom went crazy.
It was a Friday. At exactly 2:40 PM.
Adrien’s parents were divorced. But they still lived close to one another. Close enough that they took turns taking him to school and picking him up. He spent the night at each of their houses multiple times a week. So it was pretty normal for his dad to drop him off one morning and his mom to pick him up the following afternoon. Just like on the day she went crazy.
There was an assembly before dismissal. An award thing for the younger kids but us older kids had to attend. To make them feel extra special or something.
Adrien’s mom showed up to attend and sat in the seats toward the back. I remember because she came in a little late and the door to the auditorium likes to creak. Me and half the other kids turned in our seats to look before the teachers wagged their fingers at us. Then we turned back around again.
Then at one point, she got up from her seat, a little confusion on her face as she searched the stage, and then moved up a few rows. Then she pulled her glasses off and cleaned them. Still, she looked uncertainly at the kids on stage. By the time she moved up a few more rows, the ceremony was over. She clapped half-heartedly, her face tinged with worry.
“Where’s my son?” she asked Mr. Roark.
“Right there, Ms. Ballentine,” he pointed to the boy coming off the stage, a paper certificate for perfect attendance.
“What are you talking about?” she shook her head. “That’s not Adrien.”
“He’s right there,” he pointed again, thinking she misunderstood where he was pointing.
“That’s not funny. And that’s not my son. Where is he? Where is my son?!” she shouted.
“Eva was not instantly knowable. There was something private and
mysterious about her, and that’s not common in this day and age. People
think she’s ‘dark,’ but she’s more interesting than that. People assume
I’m dark too, but I’m really not. Is it just because I wear dark
clothing? Do people want me to be in a white suit, like Mr. Roarke from Fantasy Island?! Eva faces the same dilemma. We share a complicated way of looking at things. We both have an interest in the unusual.” - Tim Burton about Eva Green, W Magazine August 2016
Throwback Thursday with Ricardo Montalbán - AKA Mr. Roarke from Fantasy Island!!!
Ricardo Montalbán, was a Mexican actor. His career spanned seven decades, during which he became known for many different roles. He played Khan Noonien Singh in the original Star Trek series (in the 1967 episode “Space Seed”) and the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. He won an Emmy Award in 1978 for his role in the miniseries How the West Was Won, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 1993. In his 80s, he provided voices for animated films and commercials, and appeared as Grandfather Valentin in the Spy Kids films.