Under a tent on Maidstone Lane in East Hampton on the most perfect summer evening dozens of authors gathered to meet and greet fans and sign books all for a very good cause, East Hampton Library. Headlining the evening alongside sex guru Dr. Ruth Westheimer, bestselling author Nelson DeMille, and media darling Wednesday Martin, was Ed Burns, filmmaker turned author. With a glint in his eye and signature smile the actor said between signing that he’s “been reading Dan’s Papers for years! I love Dan’s Papers!” The force behind such films as The Brothers McMullen, She’s The One, and Newlyweds, recalled the famous lions stories written by Dan Rattiner and then remarked about the new Hamptons PD submarine, “They needed it back in WWII when the Germans came on the beach in Amagansett.”
Burns, happy to pose for pictures and chat with fans in his very long line during the party, said that he and supermodel wife Christy Turlington Burns, who have a home in East Hampton, have been “Having a great summer.” Regarding his new book, Independent Ed: Inside a Career of Big Dreams, Little Movies, and the Twelve Best Days of My Life, the actor/director/screenwriter said, “This is the first and last book for me. It was great to look back on 20 years in my filmmaking career but unlike writing a screenplay this was like a homework assignment. I was very lucky to have a guy like [co-author] Todd Gold on board.”
His next project, a 10 episode cop drama for TNT, Public Morals, hits the small screen on August 25. The series, Burns told DansPapers.com, was inspired by his father and uncle who were both retired NYPD officers. The series is set in the 1960’s and features gangsters, hookers and the turbulent world of Hell’s Kitchen. A fan of the series, and Burns’ film work, Alec Baldwin, founding co-chair of the evening, was all smiles at Author’s Night as he and his wife Hilaria Baldwin greeted Burns. Perhaps a collaboration is in the works and we’ll finally see these leading men on the screen together.