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Working on the Set of Pirates of the Caribbean and Meeting Keith Richards

When I was doing Pirates, I – one of the men I met was Keith Richards. I had never heard of him, I didn’t know who he was, and I was having my makeup put on, and my eyes were closed, and I could feel someone holding my hand. And I opened them, and he said, “Hi, I’m Keith. So who are you?” And I told him who I was, and he was always so kind, and wonderful, and I would eat with him, and have a good time with him, but I didn’t know who he was. And after he left me, I asked the person – “Who is that?” And they said, “That’s Keith Richards,” but I didn’t want to ask “Who’s Keith Richards?” because everyone would be so excited: “Keith Richards is coming on the set! Keith Richards this, Keith Richards that,” and I thought – I went way off to a corner somewhere to call my daughter, and I said – I’m whispering, only because I don’t want anyone to hear me, but I said, “Who’s Keith Richards?” And she said, “Oh mom! Everyone loves him!” I think – oh, even before I met him, you know, I kept hearing about him. And then when I saw him, and then he’s this little bent over guy, walking, I thought, “Oh my, all the girls are crazy about him?” But he was so charming and loving. I was so crazy about him too! And John – you know, Johnny Depp was very nice and very friendly, but didn’t have that same warm personality that Keith Richards did. He was Mr. Charming.


acting actors artists entertainers Keith Richards movies

Date: November 8, 2018

Location: California, US

Interviewer: June Berk

Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

Interviewee Bio

Takayo Fischer, born in November 1932, is a Nisei American stage, film, and TV actress. During World War II, as a young child, she and her family were forcibly evacuated from the West Coast and spent time in the Fresno Assembly Center before being relocated to Jerome and Rohwer concentration camps. Fischer later lived in Chicago, Illinois, where, as a young adult, she won the crown of “Miss Nisei Queen.” She has appeared in dozens of major Hollywood films, including Moneyball (2011), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), and Memoirs of a Geisha (2005). She also appeared in the stage production of The World of Suzie Wong in New York in 1958 and many productions with East West Players in Los Angeles. (June 2018)

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Trick in developing the film

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