Sunday, August 23, 2009

Temple native enjoys the limelight

By TOMIE LUNSFORD
Telegram Staff Writer

The verdict's in.
'The movie stuck close to history,' said Bryan Burrough, author of 'Public Enemies,' the non-fiction book that provided the basis for this summer's blockbuster about John Dillinger. 'I loved it.'
So did his parents, Mary and John 'Mac' Burrough of Temple.
'It was exciting every bit of the way,' Mrs. Burrough said.
They got to accompany their son, his wife and children to the June 24 world premiere of the film at Mann's Village Theatre in Westwood, Calif.
'It was a two-day whirlwind,' Burrough said.
The bulk of the first day revolved around the red carpet.
'Bleachers were everywhere, ladies were in heels and TV cameras were in the dozens,' Burrough said. 'It was a massive crowd.'
And at every possible vantage point, there was a 'Public Enemies' movie poster.
'It didn't matter where it was,' Mrs. Burrough said. 'On a bus, on a wall. Everytime the family saw one, we would hoot and holler for Bryan.'
Burrough walked the red carpet with screenwriter Ann Biderman as his family waited for his arrival under the theater marquis.
'It was a big carpet,' Burrough said. 'It spanned the entire street.'
A piece of tape marked the carpet in 50-foot intervals.
'That was where you were supposed to stop and pose for the cameras,' Burrough said. 'By the time you get to the other side, your head's spinning.'
He said an army of journalists was camped at the end of the carpet.
'They were waiting for the movie stars,' Burrough said. 'But there were about 15 of them who wanted to talk us lowly writers.'
His parents, wife and children got to see every wave, wink and camera flash from a special viewing area reserved for members of the press and honored guests.
'It was a meaningful time for us as a family,' Mrs. Burrough said.
Her son knows what she means.
'It's one thing to have an experience yourself, but it's another thing entirely to share it with your family,' he said.
The excitement and glamour was for them.
'I already had my time in the sun,' Burrough said. 'I had already got to meet the stars. I was on set. This was about everybody else.'
Inside the theater, the Burrough's sat near 'Enemies' director Michael Mann and actor Peter Fonda.
'There was a lot of shaking hands for everyone,' Burrough said.
After the movie, the Burrough bunch attended the after-show party at a nearby museum.
'There were Dillinger cocktails and posters everywhere,' Burrough said.
He was invited to an upstairs parlor where Johnny Depp and Christian Bale - the film's stars - were celebrating.
The author didn't go. He was happy where he was.
'I wanted to stay with my family and enjoy the night,' Burrough said.
His mother said he didn't relax until they got back to the hotel, The W in Westwood.
'That was when he really started to relish the pleasure of it,' Mrs. Burrough said. 'He had to calm down enough to let it sink in.'

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