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Pollock film paints
■The new film explores the
artist'sfamed existence in
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES - Jackson
Pollock discovered his talent by
gazing at a blank canvas and
capturing beauty in a splatter
ing of color.
While trying to tell the
artist’s story on film, a despair
ing Ed Harris found inspiration
when he sat on a New York City
On only the second day of
shooting, the actor and first
time director had fallen behind
schedule while trying to film a
complicated scene on a busy
“We had to make a decision
about what we weren’t going to
get that day and what we were
never going to get - after work
ing on the script for eight years,"
The 50-year-old actor,
known for playing agonized
tough guys in blockbusters like
“The Abyss," “Apollo 13” and
“The Rock,” developed a pas
sion for Pollock’s story after
reading a biography of the artist
The movie Harris had in
mind leaned more toward his
work in smaller, independent
movies like “The Third Miracle”
or “Glengarry Glen Ross,” and he
spent nearly 15 years working
toward the day when his movie
would be complete.
That troubled day on the
street was a turning point
“I sat on the curb and
thought, ‘This is impossible,'”
Harris recalled. “I was telling
myself, ‘This is just not gonna
happen. There’s no way we’re
going to be able to pull this off.”'
Harris describes that
moment sitting in a similar pose
- crouched at the edge of his
seat, hands clasped prayer-like
above his knees, his face resting
on die fingertips.
“I just kind of just sat there
and... just wept for a while,” he
added with a laugh. “I said to
myself, ‘What are you doing
here? You can sit up and get the
shot Just do what you gotta do.”'
Work continued, and Harris
got what he needed that day
even if he didn’t get everything
As the lead actor, director
and producer, he said, it was a
constant battle to complete the
film on time, within the budget
and in a manner that did justice
to the subject
The movie chronicles
Pollock’s progression from a
Depression-era painter living off
a federally funded workfare pro
gram to the peak of his career as
America’s first internationally
lauded abstract impressionist
Pollock is best known for his
so-called “drip paintings,” huge
canvases covered with multicol
ored splashes and drops of
paint. Some art aficionados
sneered - he became the target
Pollock eventually found
fortune and acclaim through the
influence of art critic Clement
Greenberg (played by Jeffrey
Tambor) and collector Peggy
Guggenheim (played by Harris’s
wife, Amy Madigan).
Pollock’s wife - and greatest
promoter - worked tirelessly
and sacrificed much of her own
career to keep him sober and
working. He also suffered from a
painfully fragile ego that led to
alcoholism and temperamental
outbursts that eventually cost
him his life.
"This is not a fictional char
acter," Harris said. "He doesn't
exist in a book, he existed on the
planet, you know? He woke up
every morning, he faced what he
had to face and went out to his
studio to paint"
Pollock died in 1956 while
driving drunk down a country
road. His mistress, Ruth
Kligman was hurt in the crash,
and her friend, Edith Metzger,
Harris decided to direct the
film "by default” because he had
such a specific vision for telling
Now that the movie is fin
ished, however, he said he still
has not excised the elements of
Pollock that haunted him for so
“There’s never really a
moment of complete finality in
some ways, you know? There is,
but it gets lost," Harris said.
ASUN discusses lobbying efforts
■ Despite low turnout at the meeting, the
Government Liaison Committee informed
those who attended of its progress.
BY MARGARET BEHM
Student government could not take action
Wednesday because of low attendance.
Only 14 senators showed up to the meet
ing. Seventeen senators needed to show up
to have a quorum.
Joel Schafer, ASUN president, said several
circumstances, including the weather, stood in
the way of senators attending the meeting.
Schafer said he was upset that not
enough senators made ASUN a priority in
“It's Valentine’s Day. I think a lot of sena
tors had other plans,” he said. “I’m fairly
upset about it”
The meeting was held, however, and
Government Liaison Committee chairman
Hal Hansen relayed details of his speech
before the General Affairs Committee of the
Nebraska Legislature on Monday.
Hansen was at the Legislature on behalf
of ASUN lobbying against LB 114 and LB582,
and for LB574.
LB582 was introduced into the
Legislature by Sen. Gene lyson of Norfolk.
Student government is against this bill
because it provides for presumption of con
sumption. The bill allows the police to use
their own discretion to determine whether a
minor is drunk.
Also, the bill allows minors to act as
undercover agents. They would be able to
enter parties and report to police whether
underage drinking was taking place. That
would provide probable cause for police to
enter the party.
The GLC is also lobbying against LB114.
The bill was introduced by Sen. Mark
Quandahl of Omaha, and also provides for
presumption of consumption. The bill
requires that parents or guardians of the
charged minor be notified of the offense. A
minor's drivers license could also be taken
away for three months.
GLC is lobbying for LB574. This bill calls
for digital drivers licenses.
Hansen said the state senators treated
him and the Association of Students of the
University of Nebraska unfairly during com
For example, Quandahl accused ASUN
of being advocates of underage drinking,
“It was very good that I was there, if only
to defend our good name,” he said.
Hansen said he felt the senators on the
committee also asked biased questions.
“I thought they were disrespectful and
rude,” he said.
The only hope for the bills not to pass is if
Sen. Ernie Chambers threatens a filibuster,
“Maybe we'll luck out,” he said.
Schafer also spoke to the ASUN senators
about the two candidates for chancellor,
Interim Chancellor Harvey Perlman and Bill
Hogan, a member of the University of
Minnesota Board of Regents.
Schafer said he approved of both candi
“I think that both individuals would
make great chancellors,” he said.
■Fugitive financier Marc
Rich's former wife contributed
heavily to the Clinton family.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEWYORK - Federal prose
cutors have opened an investiga
tion into President Clinton’s last
minute pardon of fugitive finan
cier Marc Rich, a source familiar
with the case said Wednesday.
U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White in
New York “is trying to determine if
there was a transfer of money to
buy the pardon,” the source told
The Associated Press, speaking on
die condition of anonymity.
In a statement issued through
a spokeswoman Wednesday
night, Clinton said: “As I have said
repeatedly, I made the decision to
pardon Marc Rich based on what
I thought was the right thing to da
“Any suggestion that improp
er factors, including fund raising
for the (Democratic National
Committee) or my library, had
anything to do with the decision
are absolutely false. I look forward
to cooperating with any appropri
ate inquiry,” he said.
Rich’s former wife, Denise
Rich, has been a major contribu
tor to the Democratic Party, the
Senate campaign of Hillary
Rodham Clinton and the Clinton
Presidential library Fund.
White is expected to examine
bank and telephone records and
other documents to determine
whether there was a link between
the contributions and Clinton's
decision to grant the pardon, the
A spokesman for Denise Rich
did not immediately return a calL
White, who was appointed to
her post by Clinton in 1993, has
said the pardon was granted with
out consultation with her office,
which indicted Rich in 1983.
A spokesman said White had
no comment and a Justice
Department spokeswoman in
Washington also declined to
comment Mrs. Clinton, through
a spokesman, referred questions
to her husband's transition office.
The Constitution gives presi
dents the right to grant pardons.
But Rich's pardon, one of 141
granted by Clinton on Jan. 20, his
final day in office, has prompted
sharp bipartisan criticism and
hearings by House and Senate
Before his pardon, Rich was
wanted by the Justice
Department on charges of evad
ing more than $48 million in
taxes, fraud and participating in
illegal oil deals with Iran.
He was indicted on federal
charges in 1983, shortly after he
left the country for Switzerland.
The indictment was filed
when Rudolph Giuliani, now the
Republican mayor of New York,
was running the office.
Rich and his lawyers, who
include former White House
Counsel Jack Quinn, flooded the
White House with calls and letters
supporting the pardon just before
Clinton left office, documents
show. The pardon application
and letters show those efforts date
at least to 1987.
The application characterized
the 1983 indictment, which
alleged a tax fraud scheme on oil
transactions, as based on U.S.
government energy controls that
were later deemed “unworkable,
incomprehensible and counter
productive” and eventually abol
ished by President Reagan.
Clinton has insisted that Rich
deserved the pardon, saying last
week: “Once the facts are out
there, people will understand
what I did and why, even if they
may not agree with it”
Critics have noted that Denise
Rich contributed an estimated
$450,000 to the Clinton library
fund, more than $1.1 million to
die Democratic Party and at least
$109,000 to Mrs. Clinton’s Senate
campaign. She has refused to
answer questions from the House
committee, citing her constitu
tional right against self-incrimi
The congressional inquiries
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pardon decisions were made.
Of Clinton’s total 177 clemen
cy actions on Jan. 20,32 were not
reviewed in advance by the
Justice Department’s pardon
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In testimony Wednesday
before the Senate Judiciary
Committee, that attorney, Roger
Adams, said the White House ini
tially failed to tell him Rich was a
“I was not told,” Adams said. "I
learned that from the FBI.”
After discovering that Rich
and his indicted partner Pincus
Green were fugitives, Adams sent
a fax to the White House summa
rizing the facts of their criminal
case. The White House then asked
Adams to fax over the materials
that he received from the FBL
The revelations prompted
several Democrats to question
Clinton’s decision to pardon Rich.
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said the pardon raises the appear
ance of impropriety.
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