Port Townsend: “An Officer and a Gentleman” reunion

PORT TOWNSEND — The dance band is pretending to play in the USO scene.

The dialogue at Point Hudson is dubbed because the actors walking in the rain made too much noise.

And actor Robert Loggia is throwing up in Margaret Lee’s toilet.

Those were just a sample of the behind-the-scenes stories that were told Sunday at a showing of “An Officer and a Gentleman” at the Rose Theatre in the town in which the 1982 blockbuster was filmed.

Shown in conjunction with the Jefferson County Historical Museum’s “Port Townsend Goes Hollywood” exhibit, the ticket price included an insider view of the production by people associated with it.

“It was an adventure for the town,” said Julian Arthur, who worked with the crew.

Lee once lived in the apartment used as the site of in the opening scene, labeled Seattle, which was shot on the top floor of the Olympic Hardware building.

“When I saw the movie, I said, ‘Oh my God, they’re throwing up in my toilet and they’re making love in my bed,” Lee said.

Actress’ double

Sunday’s screening was only the second time Kristine Konopaski has seen the movie, but she’s lived it twice — once as the double for Lisa Blount, the second female lead , and again in real life.

Konopaski, who worked at Contemporary Photography Studio in Port Angeles, was 24 when she and her sister, Linnea Anderson, applied for jobs as extras in the movie.

Director Taylor Hackford picked Konopaski out for Blount’s double, which meant she had to walk through every scene the actress was in, hitting her marks so that the lighting crew could get readings off her hair and skin.

“They put me in a body suit for the scenes that exposed any skin,” Konopaski said.

Life follows art

Two years later, she married Kevin Konopaski from Port Angeles while he was in flight school at Fort Rucker, Ala.

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