On Thursday night, LACMA was all laughs with Mark Romanek’s guest direction of the museum’s monthly Live Read series. Founder and Live Read director Jason Reitman passed the baton to Mark who created a memorable night with the script of the iconic Dr Strangelove. The cast included Catherine O’Hara, Patrick Stewart, Seth Rogen, Shia LaBeouf, Colin Hanks, Josh Gad, Johnny Knoxville, P.J. Byrne, Olivia Wilde, and Fred Willard.
An unforgettable cast exploded into a mushroom cloud of hilarity for the live reading of the classic Kubrick film. The night started with director Mark Romanek telling the audience about the pie fight with which Kubrick originally wanted to end “Dr. Strangelove” — so it only seemed suited that the night would actually end with Johnny Knoxville throwing a pie at Fiona Apple’s face, while she sang Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again.” The sad part is that the cast featured for Thursday’s Film Independent Live Read at the LACMA will never meet to perform that script again. It was a one-time thing, and there’s something very beautiful about that.