Thursday, March 15, 2007 - LA Images
Each Thursday the Los Angeles Times runs an odd feature in the entertainment section - how famous and soon-to-be-famous people would spend their ideal weekend here in Los Angeles. A few years ago Drew Carey said part of his ideal weekend would include dinner Saturday night at the Smoke House in Burbank, across the street from the Warner Brothers Studios. He must have been kidding - the studio "suits" do go there, perhaps, but the food is awful and the lounge act usually a trio doing covers of seventies soft-rock crap.
This week it was My Favorite Weekend: David Wenham -
"When I first started coming to L.A.," says Aussie actor David Wenham, "it was a bit frightening, an overwhelming place. But I've been here 30 times in the last handful of years, and now I feel at home as soon as I step off the plane. I have great memories here."
Wenham, one of the stars of that new movie 300, has the "overwhelming" thing down right - four million people in the city, and ten million in the county - and one of the largest freeway systems in the world, with twenty-seven of them, all nine-hundred eighty-eight miles usually jammed (think of a daily collective migration of about one hundred million miles). We're the most car-populated metropolis in the world - one registered automobile for every 1.8 people. And there's that occasional earthquake, and the tourists looking for stars in Hollywood, and the surfers, and the business folks - Los Angeles County is the nation's largest manufacturing center, and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are second only to New York as the largest customs district in the United States. It's not just the movies.
There's no one image that captures the place.