SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Starsky & Hutch star David Soul was threatened with jail time for car movie in Cuba
No high-octane adventure could have prepared Starsky & Hutch star David Soul for his latest assignment.
His documentary, Cuban Soul, records the discovery of Ernest Hemingway’s long-lost 1955 convertible Chrysler New Yorker, found in a garage in Cuba eight years ago, and its subsequent restoration.
But what sounds like a gentle project has cost him enormous costs and threatens him with financial ruin and even imprisonment.
“Making Cuban Soul has been my personal struggle and has destroyed my health both mentally and physically,” Soul, now 77, tells us from his home in North London.
Although he retained his U.S. citizenship when he obtained dual citizenship by becoming a British citizen in 2004, Soul, who played Hutch on the 1970s TV show, believed he could bring auto parts to Cuba without becoming accused of violating US sanctions.
SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: No high-octane adventure could have prepared Starsky & Hutch star David Soul for his latest assignment
SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: His documentary, Cuban Soul, records the discovery of Ernest Hemingway’s long-lost 1955 convertible Chrysler New Yorker, found eight years ago in a garage in Cuba, and its subsequent restoration
He was wrong – and learned that he could be held liable for large fines, criminal charges and even imprisonment. Realizing he was having a huge fight, so specialized immigration attorney hired Bill Martinez to advocate his case.
And while he has now been granted permission as a US citizen to bring in auto parts on the grounds that he is involved in “ historic preservation, ” he remains outraged.
“The US government has slammed Cuba’s door, interfering with its sovereign rights, and bullying them for 60 years,” says Soul.
The physical trauma included falling into a coma after a hip replacement. He was subsequently in intensive care for 72 days, during which he was ventilated twice.
Soul (pictured) pulled through, but only to suffer what he describes as ‘enormous personal financial costs’ as he continued his odyssey to restore the Chrysler so that it can take its place as the centerpiece at Finca Vigia, the Hemingway Museum in Havana.
In my humble way, I try to restore balance and try to honor the legacy of my favorite American author, Ernest Hemingway.
‘Our film is two-thirds finished. We are seeking funding to complete the last leg of our journey. ‘
SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: But what sounds like a gentle project has taken huge costs and threatened him with financial ruin and even jail time.
A TV screening of the spy classic The Third Man has sparked a revealing anecdote from Whitehall insider Ian Moss, former private secretary in the Cabinet Office.
My grandfather, who was a Regimental Sergeant Major in Vienna after the war, helped with The Third Man. Trevor Howard insisted on being ranked higher than RSM in the movie, so they tailored him as a major.
Howard was in the habit of wearing his major’s uniform in the fairground business to pick up the local women. Unfortunately, one day it was the Russians’ turn to supervise the sector and he was arrested for espionage.
“My grandfather had to get him back.”
Mariella’s hotel vacation? It’s next door
Mariella Frostrup is so desperate for a vacation that she has booked a night in a hotel – just around the corner from her house.
“I spent an evening at The Newt, in Somerset, at the end of May, when the hotels are open again,” reveals the 58-year-old broadcaster. ‘Yes, it is only ten minutes away from me – but I look forward to it as eagerly as fourteen days in the Maldives.
“Just not sleeping in my own bed feels like a deranged form of decadence, and screwing up other people’s towels debauchery of Nero-esque proportions.”
SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Mariella Frostrup is so desperate for a vacation that she booked a night in a hotel – around the corner from her house
TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh has turned into a one-man watch over litter.
I saw a group of young men throw a look out of a car window into the road. It makes me so angry. I picked up the empty can, walked over, and handed it back to them through the window by the traffic lights. I said, “You dropped this.”
“My daughter said I should never have done it because I could have been hit.”
Unfortunately, his efforts were in vain. After the lights changed, the car darted and the miscreants threw the can out the window again.
When D’Arby almost got hit with Saint Bob …
Pop star Terence Trent D’Arby has confirmed rumors of an affair with Paula Yates when the TV presenter was still married to Bob Geldof.
She was instrumental in establishing my identity. Ms. Paula was pretty easy on the eye, this was the rock and roll life, so bring it on, ” recalled the singer, who has returned to battle under the name Sananda Maitreya.
“She and Master Bob were estranged, otherwise I wouldn’t have walked into that.”
Alienated or not, Geldof tracked down D’Arby in New York for a showdown. ‘I got a message at my hotel saying:’ There is a Mr. Geldof who would like to meet you. ‘I’m going downstairs and he’s basically asking,’ Are you ****** g my wife? ‘ I looked him in the eye and said, “Of course not.”
The Sign Your Name singer, 59, admits ‘I lied my a ** off’ because ‘I didn’t want to get into potential fisticuffs’ with the Band Aid campaigner who ‘had basically achieved sainthood’.
Fortunately, Saint Bob was merciful and refrained from beating his rock rival.
“Call me Cath,” says Zeta-Jones
SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Catherine Zeta-Jones, 51, insists she’s not the Hollywood star many think she is and prefers a simpler name
Catherine Zeta-Jones, 51, insists she’s not the Hollywood star many think she is and prefers a simpler name.
‘I am not always Catherine Zeta-Jones. Usually I’m just Cath, ”she protests. ‘Not everyone knows her, and that’s okay. I am a very private person. I want to be a private person and I like a private life.
‘I’m just not that person you’ll see posting my bathroom breaks and photos with my husband in the hot tub on social media.’
Cath’s husband is Michael Douglas, 76, with whom she shares son Dylan, 20, and daughter Carys.
Instead of the bubble bath, she prefers magazine spreads like this photo of her taken for New Beauty magazine.
The queen is known to recover rather than spend money. Now she is looking for an upholsterer to maintain the rooms of her palaces.
The Royal Household ad admits that the job – based at Windsor Castle – will ‘stretch’ the successful applicant.
The £ 23,000 to £ 25,000 a year post is described as’ helping preserve a collection that future generations will enjoy … what’s more, it’s a working collection; many of the items are used regularly. ‘
A wedding brews for Guinness
The Guinnesses are known for their unconventional pairings, but is this the one breaking the mold?
I can reveal that Rory Guinness, Finn Guinness’s 40-year-old son, is engaged to film coordinator Charlotte Goldney, 31.
Rory and his sister Rebecca were born to different fathers, while their mother, Mary, was married to the author of The Ginger Man, the American-Irish JP Donleavy.
About 20 years after Mary and Donleavy’s divorce in 1989, it was revealed that Rory’s father was, in fact, the brewing heir, Finn, and Rebecca was the daughter of Finn’s younger brother Kieran.
“The kids know about their father forever,” Mary told me yesterday of the Wiltshire stud farm she shares with Finn, who she then married. “I was very honest with my kids about the whole thing.”
At least Charlotte won’t have a dilemma about which Father will give her away. Rory’s sister invited all ‘three dads’ to her wedding in 2011 and asked Rory’s dad to walk her down the aisle.
Amanda’s fake cop isn’t very PC
SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Socialite Amanda Eliasch is clearly suffering from lockdown fever
Socialite Amanda Eliasch is clearly suffering from lockdown fever.
The ex-wife of Swedish businessman Johan Eliasch dressed up as a policewoman and chased a fake thief – around her hotel garden in Mexico where she is on vacation – in a hairdresser reminiscent of Benny Hill.
‘Where’s the Easter Egg thief,’ she joked on social media, posting a video of her antics at the luxurious Las Alamandas retreat.
The 60-year-old, who received a significant portion of Johan’s £ 400 million fortune when they divorced in 2006, is a lockdown skeptic.
“Damn it with fascism,” she says. ‘I will stay here! Beautiful view, fantastic food. ‘
Tony Blair is brutally mocked in Creation Stories, the new Sky Cinema movie about Alan McGee, the record mogul who discovered Oasis and was embraced by New Labor.
One scene shows the Prime Minister literally kissing Jimmy Savile’s hand at Checkers, when McGee is invited to the country retreat for the weekend and is shocked to discover that the creepy presenter is a fellow guest.
McGee, played by Trainspotting star Ewen Bremner, admits there wouldn’t have been an Oasis without Maggie Thatcher – it was her company benefits plan that gave the maverick entrepreneur a chance to fund Creation Records.
He is even shown in the movie giving Thatcher’s bottom a friendly pat on the back – how cheeky.