Fallen Superheroes: Jupiter Boy & Captain Sensitivity
Models: Lucas Dick and Andy Dick
Shooting with Andy Dick was a definite departure from the way we shot the other superheroes. We hooked up with him through his some Lucas. Lucas is an actor and comedian, and he and Eric are friends. We loved the idea of a father and son superhero team. We also loved the idea of seeing Andy Dick in a pink superhero costume with a flower cape.
Originally, Captain Sensitivity’s costume was made for Eric Roberts. But as fate would have it, Eric went into rehab when we were supposed to shoot. He was on that show, REHAB. Bad timing for us, great timing for Eric Roberts to get himself together.
Cut to Eric Curtis talking to Lucas about being a superhero and the notion of the father son angle with Andy. He loved the idea. He called us after he talked to Andy and said he was into it. We set a shoot date and messed around with some basic father/son superhero story angles. Estrangement, neglect, the child who is more the parent than the father. All of these ideas resonated with us and, more importantly, with Lucas.
Now, I’ve loved Andy Dick since I first saw him on News Radio. He’s one of my favorite people to see on screen. So making him into a superhero was a great way to work with him. And Lucas is one of the nicest guys I’ve met. Together, we knew they’d look amazing as a superhero duo.
It’s no secret that Andy Dick has had a ton of bad press, a crapload of crazy stories written about him and more than his fair share of being tazed. I’m not gonna trash talk because I really had a great time shooting with him. Mostly because of…. well, I’ll dish the highlights of Andy putting on his costume. Here’s a snippet, as close to verbatim as I can remember.
A very flamboyant Andy, “People are going to say this costume makes me look gay.”
A very deadpan me, “You think they’re gonna say it’s the COSTUME that makes you look gay.”
A very eyebrow raised Andy, “It’s playing into a stereotype.”
A very amused me, “You’re beyond a stereotype. You’re a 5.1-surround-sound-type.”
A very smirky Andy, “Can I take the shorts off? They’re blue fur.”
A very cocky me, “That’s the pimp factor. Lose the pimp factor you just got a hot pink suit. Now who’s playing into a stereotype?”
A very excited Andy, “I have fur on my balls! My furry pimpy balls!”
A very happy me, “That’s it. We can lose the shorts on the last shot if you want. Pimpin’ ain’t easy, gotta let your boys breath at the end of the day.”
A very sarcastic Andy, “It still makes me look gay.”
A very antagonistic me, “Can we talk about vaginas or something?”
A very aroused Andy, “Vaginas!?!?! Why do you want to talk about vaginas? Vaginas are gross! (Long pause) Actually, I love vaginas. I love the word VAGINAS VAGINAS VAGINAS!”
A very happy me, “Dear god, man. I love vaginas too!”
A very sly Andy mouths the words “Vaginas rock….”
And so it went, a conversation full of left turns, outbursts, delicate moments and, most importantly, vaginas.
We shot in the most amazing location, Andy’s ex wife’s backyard. She has an airstream and tons of random art and odds and ends lying around. There’s also some nice little work-sheds and an old baby grand piano in the middle of the yard. Eric setup the shots. First setup was in front of the airstream.We got singles of our heroes and moved on to the two of them, either working together or against each other. They really popped in the pics too. Andy and Lucas share a great energy onscreen and when they turn it on it’s quite captivating. We cranked the shots out and moved on to the baby grand. Andy lost his shorts for this one. His boys needed air.
The most amazing thing happened on the final setup with Eric’s lighting and some unexpected rain. Somehow the light hit the raindrops in a way that made them look like they were comets, or sperm, shooting upwards into the heavens. It was absolutely magical. And tied into our superheroes from another planet quite well. Here’s an outtake of some of that magical rain-comet action. Click the image to see it full size. The final shot is in the book.
NEXT UP: Spiral modeled by Dirty Jenny aka Jen Leigh