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.
"I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid’s runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him, try to be larger than you are— particularly when it’s difficult. People do notice, people appreciate. I appreciate it when it’s done to (for) me. Small gestures can be an effort, or actually go against our grain (“I’m not a big one for paying compliments…”), but the irony is that almost every time you make them, you feel better about yourself. For a moment life suddenly feels lighter, a bit more Gene Kelly dancing in the rain."
Jonathan Carroll (via theremina)
I couldn’t agree more. I do my best to live up to this, and it is very rewarding when I succeed.
(Source: quotethat, via chrisroberson)