“Life is nothing without obsession.” -Pecker
If you know me at all, you know that I’m obsessed with Baltimore. If you know me a bit better, you also know that, from time-to-time, I’m obsessed with the Zodiac Killer.
So today, I’m watching the excellent David Fincher film, “Zodiac”, for about the jabillionth time. But I have the super-mega director’s cut, so I’m watching it with commentary being done by Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Producer/Writers Brad Fischer&James Vanderbilt and weirdo writer James Ellroy. “Weirdo” is a compliment, by the way.
While watching a scene that is set in Jake Gyllenhaal’s character, Robert Graysmith’s , San Francisco kitchen, I noticed a yellow and blue square in the bottom right of the frame. Could it be…
That’s right..it’s a can of OLD BAY!!! I know that you can buy Old Bay in San Francisco nowadays, but was Baltimore spice giant, McCormick & Sons really marketing the greatest seasoning ever created, there in the late 60’s? Of course, my fantasy is that someone on set was from Baltimore and just snuck it in to see if Fincher would notice. But knowing David Fincher’s sometimes painful attention to detail(actors often joke about how many takes Fincher requires) he probably had Robert Graysmith do an inventory of his kitchen in the 1960’s from memory.