Sunday, October 23, 2011
Vincent on Johnny and Me&Autism-September 25, 2011
Here it is-the bomb I've waited to drop on y'all. Saved the best for last, too. Vincent answered questions about his next film "Johnny and Me" that he'll produce and direct about a man with Asperger's syndrome, his obsession with the music of Johnny Cash and his relationship with his daughter. Vincent explains that the film has been delayed because the script isn't finished yet and he wants to get it right before shooting begins.
Vincent also reveals that he had issues with dyslexia and autism in his childhood and believes, had he been evaluated back then, he would have considered to be "in the autism spectrum". How mind-blowing is that? Especially considering what he has managed to accomplish in his life and career, and hearing Vincent say "I know that I am not normal" is truly stunning. But what is really "normal" about people with or without autism, anyway? Autism is not a disease or a mental disorder (Vincent made a reference to bi-polar disorder)but something akin to "mind blindness." You can find out more about autism at www.autismspeaks.org, www.asa.org and www.yai.org. Siblings of people with autism and Asperger's syndrome can find support and information at www.sibnet.org, www.yai.org and www.ahrc.org.
Vincent also answers questions about living in Kingston, NY and his upbringing in Brooklyn, NY and Miami, FL.