I started planning the trip to Buenos Aires just about 8 weeks ago and it was utter chaos from start to finish. The planning was rushed, the girls I had lined up kept disappearing, I couldn’t get the apartment people to call me back, the flights were expensive and once the crew finally departed they were turned back mid-flight because of a volcano in Chile! Yesenia, Brian, Eric Swiss and Allan Stafford got to spend a glorious 40 hours together before they landed in Argentina. Eric Masterson had family in town so he had planned showing up a day later anyways, so they landed at pretty much the same exact time. They were ready to kill each other.
An act of God, 2 days of lost luggage, one sick actor and we finally started shooting a day late. The girls didn’t speak a lot of English so working it into the scenes was a little tricky. We had some young cuties and some hot women that were really sexy and really professional. They all seemed to dig on the American actors. Even the creepy ones. HAHA J/K guys!
I showed up during the second half of the trip with 3 new guys, Chris Johnson (a new young’un we have been using in a lot of FTNA and MFST scenes lately), Christian and my loverboy Charles Dera. I was there basically to make sure things were running smooth and see if they needed any help. We had a day off right away so all of us went to a Boca Juniors soccer game vs. Atlas which happened to be my photographer’s team from Guadalajara. Boooo. I don’t know if any of you have ever been to a futbol match, but I highly recommend it. I had been to one in BA back in 2003 when I came to shoot here for our latin maid site. My colleagues dragged me to a Racing game and this time around I was lucky to catch the Boca Juniors play. They have the biggest fan base out of all the Buenos Aires soccer clubs and the energy there was so intense. Yesenia was having such a blast! The band plays during the entire game and the fans jump up and down and chant non- stop. Literally. They never quit. We were safely transported in and out of the venue by a company that caters to foreigners, because quite frankly, if you don’t know the ins and outs of how to do this… be very very careful. It can be nutty.
The meals were amazing, we ate steak and meat the whole time and drank delicious Malbec every night. It was great eating late and staying up late for those of us who are night owls. Getting up and hauling your ass to set in the morning is another story. Long days, but the caterers made it worth it. I swear I must have gained 10 pounds in the week I was there from the ridiculous pastries and constant food being served. In Argentina (like a lot of Europe, too) they eat croissants with ham and cheese on them at all hours of the day. The difference here is that there is a sugary coating on the little sandwiches which makes it like dessert with your meal in every bite. Crack I tell ya!
Other highlights were going to the stripper bar and watching a bunch of people in the adult entertainment business ogle over half naked women. It always amazes me that the people I work with in all aspects of this job flock to places like this. I tried to stop this from happening but I was outnumbered and honestly didn’t want to hear shit about being the prude. I guess the actors I brought there truly can’t get enough. Ok it was Yesenia, too, that little tramp. I would have been happy in the Irish bar listening to the band but I was coerced into the strip bar called Shampoo. What a weird name for a strip bar.
On Saturday I escaped set early and went to a couple of open air flea markets and the weather was just wonderful the whole time we were there. It was unusually warm for this time of year and did not rain one drop. I got some trinkets and went back to Eric and Yesenia’s apartment for a BBQ since Eric was adamant that we eat before midnight at least once. Not so much! At 12 pm our hosts finished cooking the most amazing spread of blood sausage, pork, steak, and ribs. Someone mentioned that there are no vegetables in Argentina because they feed all of them to the cows. So true. The best beef in the world and I prefer it MUY JUGOSO.
On Sunday Christian and I ran around the city doing a little bit sightseeing. I knew of some cool places to go since I had been there before and we did some shopping and went back to the apartment to pack up and catch our 9:50 pm flight back to the USA. The others were shooting all day and leaving on Monday evening. All in all I think the trip was a success and I am looking forward to your feedback about the models we worked with. The crew busted their asses and the actors were great as usual and we all got to know each other a little bit better. We shared some hilarious times, some bumps in the night, and made good friends down there. Stay tuned for some hot latina scenes coming up in the next few months.