Today on Alphabet City: An original Spit List fixture takes a final bow. Guest Star: Scarlett Johansson, Liev Schreiber.
Scarlett Johansson has been officially removed from my Spit List. While many of you can breathe easier now, others are probably confused and might want to bone up on my go-to game of celebrity distaste. The Spit List debuts in “Episode 11: Bold Faced Names” of Alphabet City: My So-Called Sitcom Life and also in this Thanksgiving blog post.
Since the creation of the Spit List (SL), I’ve discovered that the easiest way for an actor to move away from any wet loogies is to turn in a laudable performance. To be honest, Scarlett has been headed off the SL for quite some time mostly helped by Woody Allen. But it was her Broadway debut in Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge that sealed her exit. Chef, Susan and I took in the Sunday matinee and were impressed with her dark hair, raspy voice and ability to project the budding confidence of a 17 year-old on the precipice of escape. Scarlett shines because her co-stars are truly remarkable including Jessica Hecht and the always captivating Liev Schreiber. Yowsa, that man’s presence can fill a vast stage.
Incidentally, Chef and I have always had a thing for Liev since we ran into him years ago in the Bath & Bodyworks near NYU. He had his Jack Russell terrier in tow, and Chef and I scrambled to the floor to play with the pup, stealing glimpses up at the towering actor while he picked out some bath scrub. I don’t remember he paid us much attention, but we didn’t care, we just wanted to be part of his pack for a few moments.
So congrats, Scarlett. I’m sure the honor of being removed from The Spit List supersedes any other awards and tributes (do I see a Tony nom in her future?). Take heart, Dakota Fanning—there’s hope for you yet.