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Last Holiday

Last Holiday (2006)

Genres: AdventureComedyDrama

Paramount Pictures
Directed by Wayne Wang
Starring Starring Queen Latifah

After she’s diagnosed with a terminal illness, a shy woman decides to take a European vacation.

Merv's Roles: ActorArrangerProducer

Song: Get Ready [Unmixed/Unreleased]

For Last Holiday, I was hired to produce and arrange a duet, performed by Queen Latifah and Smokey Robinson.

In the movie, Georgia Byrd (Queen Latifah) travels to Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, where she ends up attending a Smokey Robinson concert. The script called for Georgia to be selected to go onstage and sing “Get Ready” with Smokey. We pre-recorded the performance, then filmed it in that stunningly beautiful theater. But months later, in the cutting room, a story-continuity problem forced the filmmakers to omit the entire duet sequence. Heartbreaking!

In the same scene, Smokey also performs — with his real band and singers — another song (that I didn’t produce). But on the day of the shoot, his keyboard player couldn’t make it to the set. So, at the last minute, I was cast as the keyboard player. No close-ups, this time, but that’s me on stage with Smokey and company. (See still image.)

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