"Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down."
-Eleanor Roosevelt, 1960
He was a fine director, possibly a better actor, and seems to have been a lovely human being. But when I think of him, I always think of an anecdote I heard about him that cracks me up, while also violating the image I would expect most people have of the grandfatherly old chap.
I can think of about four or five people who might have told me this story, but it was so long ago I’m not sure who did.
From 1971 to 1973, Jane Seymour was Richard Attenborough’s neice, by marriage. When she arrived on the set of LIVE AND LET DIE, she had a note with her, from “Uncle Dickie”, to new James Bond Roger Moore.
Moore opened the sealed envelope, and found a breezy note from Uncle Dickie, about what a darling child Jane was, and how talented, and so forth.
The last line of the note was:
"If you fuck her, I will kill you. Yours, Dickie"
Roger seems concerned.
Five Things You Don’t Know About Star Wars: The Third One Will Blow Your Mind. Unless You’ve Seen Star Wars. But You Haven’t, Right?
1) Episode Four was actually the FIRST ONE RELEASED.
2) Anakin Skywalker = Darth Vader. MIND. BLOWN.
3) In two out of six Star Wars movies, Yoda is a PUPPET.
4) The Ewoks are like Wookies, only shorter. CHECK OUT THE NAME, BACKWARDS.
5) Han Solo is really INDIANA JONES.
Did I forget to blog about this? That would be stupid.
I produced and edited a movie last year. It’s on the festival circuit, it’s looking for distribution, and it’s funny. It stars Michael Urie (the one man powerhouse starring in Buyer & Cellar), Randy Harrison (from Queer as Folk) and a bunch of other extremely talented actors I love and so do you.