Ages ago, I saw a short documentary on this guy who started out as a small-time filmmaker. Late one night, he was filming a scene about a woman being kidnapped. Someone called the police to report a woman screaming, and the cops arrived in force to find a blindfolded woman being dragged from her home. Things got pretty tense for a bit until the guy finally convinced them that this was a movie shoot and no one was really getting hurt. Anyway, the whole thing was a big enough story that it made the evening news along with some film from the movie. This is where the story gets weird���.
The very next day, the guy���s phone was ringing off the hook with people asking: Will you kidnap me?? I really want to be kidnapped!! Seeing a business opportunity, he said Sure!���.why not? And his very profitable business was born. This is how it works:
After paying a substantial fee (he wouldn���t say how much), he meets with you and asks you a gazillion questions about your routine, your home life, your work environment etc, etc. You will then be given a window of a week or two for the kidnapping to occur, but you won���t know when or how they���re coming. They might break into your house and drag you out of bed, or grab you off the street, or take over your office���.you don���t know! They take you to an agreed-upon place, hold you for 24 hours and then release you. The whole thing is as real as they can make it and it���s designed to scare the crap out of you! He said they have never seriously injured anyone, but scrapes and bruises are to be expected! You also have a release word, like say, SASSAFRASS, so that if you start to totally freak out, you can say the word and everyone stops.
Well, I was telling people about this at the theatre the other night and many thought it was ridiculous, or sick, or worse. But a surprising number, mostly women it seemed, said: Dude, where do I sign up?! I totally want to be kidnapped! Personally, I think this is one of the coolest ideas I���ve ever heard! I don���t think I���d want to be kidnapped, but I would love to be a kidnapper. Maybe that���s just an actor thing.
So what do you think? Would you want to be a kidnapper or kidnappee? Or is the whole idea weird?