Actors have won Academy Awards for playing blind characters, like Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman.I've heard justification for the practice of "blindface" by saying things like, "if they hadn't used that [sighted] actor, that amazing performance would never have happened." While that may be true, who knows if an alternate actor might have given an equally amazing performance, and possibly not have used the clichéd zombie stare.Perhaps his crowning achievement is producing Walk the Line, which earned him a Motion Picture Producer of the Year nomination from the Producers Guild of America.Needless to say, Keach's best work appears to be neither in front of nor behind the camera. Chris Pine, who plays Kirk in the upcoming Star Trek film, is blind but resilient Danny, a jobless young man who still lives at home with his parents.“That’ll be the quote right next to the picture, I know it,” he says, looking at my voice recorder with a furrowed brow. “There was this one scene,” he said, “where my apartment explodes, and dildos and pornos are flying all over the place. ” If there were footage of this moment, I’d play it back ever so slowly just to see the uh-oh dawning in glorious slow motion, morphing that beaming blue-eyed smile, so full of exuberance, into something rueful, as he calculates the scale of his blunder. He once told magazine he wanted to be a permanent bachelor like George Clooney. “I’m going to be thinking about that on the drive home.” He needn’t worry. As Captain Kirk, he follows the imperious William Shatner. Oh, I wanted it wasn’t my film, it was Clooney’s,” he said.
During the tests he meets a beautiful Indian nurse, Leeza (Anjali Jay). I was going to play George Clooney’s partner, who’s this sociopathic, latent homosexual detective who’s in love with Clooney and…“It was just a dumb quote,” he says, and yet it took centre stage in the article and has followed him around ever since. It’d take a lot more than a stray comment about sex toys to derail Pine at this point. And as Jack Ryan, of the Tom Clancy novels, he walks in the shadow of Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Alec Baldwin. When Pine describes himself, he uses words like “cerebral”, “analytical” and “total fucking control freak, oh absolutely.” Which is to say that he thinks about things.One would likely expect Dating to be a made-for-TV movie, considering its cast and crew are largely made up of TV personalities.Instead, what's delivered is a polished but surprisingly amateurish film from veteran television actor-turned-director James Keach.Meanwhile, because Danny is a virgin at 22, his brother Larry (Eddie Kaye Thomas), who runs a limousine service, gets him a string of hilariously disastrous blind dates in between rentals.When Danny finally realizes that he is falling for Leeza, she tells him she cannot see him anymore because she has been promised in an arranged marriage. Perkins (Stephen Tobolowsky) advise him to continue because it is his only chance of seeing, and soon Danny is successfully operated on.Like most people, he had very little exposure to blind people, and what he did know was from movies, and from the writer of the show, whose dad is blind.He's a sighted actor playing a blind character, imitating other sighted actors playing blind characters.Although his directing experience consists mostly of sporadic TV episodes and telefilms, a number of theatrical distributions dot his filmography.In 1995 he directed Billy Bob Thornton and Robert Duvall in The Stars Fell on Henrietta and again worked with Thornton, this time the story writer, on the 2001 comedy Camouflage starring Leslie Nielsen.