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September 27, 2008
Paul Newman has passed away at 83. One of the greats.
12 years ago
Not unexpected, but still sad to hear. He was featured quite prominently on the history of Warner Brothers that PBS had this week. Clint said that the studios tried making Newman a classic leading man, which would make sense, given his looks, but that he didn't really take off until they "tied him to the soil" in Westerns and such. Never really thought of it that way, but there's something to it. Godspeed, Mister Newman. You were great at what you did, and a class act all the way.
I just read that Robert Redford had wanted him to be in the movie version of Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods. It would have been one last Redford/Newman buddy film. That would have rocked; it's such a great book and they had such amazing chemistry. Guess I'll go out and buy some Newman's Own Sockarooni Spaghetti Sauce to have for lunch. No spaghetti, just the sauce, straight out of the jar with a spoon. To eat while I contemplate a year that took George Carlin, Bernie Mac, and Paul Newman away.
...and others I'm sure I'm forgetting.
The balls roll funny for everbody, kiddo.
So the fall didn't kill him?
"He was smiling... That's right. You know, that, that Luke smile of his. He had it on his face right to the very end. Hell, if they didn't know it 'fore, they could tell right then that they weren't a-gonna beat him. That old Luke smile. Oh, Luke. He was some boy. Cool Hand Luke. Hell, he's a natural-born world-shaker."
"Kid, the next time I say, "Let's go someplace like Bolivia," let's GO someplace like Bolivia."
Cool Hand Luke
the other night. Wept as always. A great actor and by all accounts a great guy. And a hell of a fig cookie. Better than Newtons any day.
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. He was a living testimony to the idea that celebrities can lead dignified lives and leave a legacy of public good. I miss him already.
Very decent bloke who lived a good life.
Even Iran mourns for Paul Newman.
I've been hearing some less than savoury rumors about the sainted Paul recently. Involving him and Tom Cruise, and servings of Paul's 'special' sauce. So I'm repeating them here, obv.
sheesh- great time and place to insert a *rumour* about his alleged homosexuality.
Who cares? Screw the same, opposite, or neutered sex, just don't do it in the streets and scare the hosses. And now the guy's dead, so we don't have to consider it anymore.
Celebrity gossip is celebrity gossip. I pass no judgement, just repeat whatever I've heard, like a great big empty vessel. Iyamwhatiyam.