Frances McDormand Stops The Show!
And I'm proud of her.
At last night's performance of the Broadway play Good People -- right at a climactic plot moment, when the audience was on the edge of their seats, waiting for information about the baby -- a cell phone boldly rang in the house.
The audience gasped. The actors froze.
And the woman took the call!
Good people, indeed!
"Hello?" she screeched -- though she would have been more accurate if she'd said, "I'm the dumbest pinhead in history!"
McDormand stopped in her tracks, put her arm around co-star Renee Elise Goldsberry (above), and deadpanned, "Let's wait."
After the unwanted bit of audience business was settled and silenced, McDormand made a rewind gesture and said to Goldsberry, "OK, ask me the question again."
And they resumed the scene.
By the way, Nicole Kidman was in the audience, having been Oscar-nominated for Rabbit Hole, based on the play by the same author, David Lindsay-Abaire.
Was it Nicole who'd answered the phone because it was her agent calling about the Good People movie?
Nah, her phone wasn't even on vibrate.
And I'm telling you now: When the cameras roll, Frannie had better own this part!