So ‘Trojan War’ is done and a living product now, officially. It’s been a great ride, a ton of memories I’ll never forget, chief among them the outpouring of support.
I love my people. In every possible way that statement can be interpreted. Beyond the superficial links between us, that sense of ‘take care of the people who take care of you’ is a common value that binds me and Aaron. Somewhat ironically, it’s cut both ways the past few weeks. I’ve pumped up the film and its players every chance I got leading up to the premiere (as most of you saw).
The flip side of that is choosing to be quiet publicly as (in no particular order) Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Quentin Tarantino have…gotten my attention. If any of their news is still relevant next week (likely), we can address it then. For one, this week has been about having fun and reminiscing about a great time to be a Trojan. And two; sure nobody is interviewing me or quoting me today. But I personally saw twice (TWICE!), conversations I’ve had with people on this project, where the context was clear, then the exact same thing is repeated word for word, to a reporter, put (and edited) in print, and turned into something else. (One of them you can probably guess with little difficulty). So again, even if, in all likelihood me talking anything political would have never been picked up…why take a chance on being an unnecessary distraction? One thing I must admit I like about being ‘on’ all the time, is that it’s made me fast-forward to acting like ‘the best version of Malik Aziz’ now, instead of waiting on being ‘big-time’ and then trying to clean up my act. More ‘hey Malik is this thoughtful and intellectual and passionate film geek’, less ‘man Malik retweets a lot of those booty clapping videos’ (half joking).
(In terms of the one relevant news item you can connect to the film; what started as a bitter, season ticket holder sniping has turned into ‘Alright, get him out of here, but if he really is drinking his life away, get him help. We’ll use the rest of this season to figure out who should lead the program. We’re full strength now.’)
Moving forward, ‘Trojan War’ is the biggest, flashiest project I’ve been a part of. I’ll always point to it as something I’m proud of. In terms of my endgame, it’s a door, a gateway, a bridge to tell other stories I’m passionate about.
As much as anything, the personal validation of knowing there’s a way for me to get what I want without making compromises I’m completely uncomfortable with, means as much to me as the professional validation.
So what exactly am I planning next?
Well, I’m not talking about that. Yet…