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"Interesting fellow, very very interesting," said Greg. "Had a natural dignity about him that was very appealing. He rather reminded me of José Ferrer."

"Who?" said Alex.

"José Ferrer," Greg repeated. "Played Cyrano de Bergerac."

"Who?" said Alex.

Greg did a staccato head-jerk. "What do you mean, 'Who?'"

"Just what I said!" Alex replied. "I don't know any of these names you're making up."

"You can't seriously mean that," said Greg. "You've never heard of Cyrano de Bergerac?"

"Well," said Alex, "I gather he was played by José Ferrer."

Greg grasped the bridge of his nose and screwed his eyes shut in a remarkably Brigid-like fashion. "I can't believe it," he said. "I suppose next you'll be saying you never heard of Leslie Howard."

"Who?" said Alex.

"Begone," said Greg, putting up a hand as if to ward Alex away. "You're dead to me."

-The Gneech

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laurie_robey
Jun. 4th, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC)
Humphrey Bogart, at least?
mammallamadevil
Jun. 4th, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC)
good going Greg!
anyone who doesn't know who Leslie Howard sorely needs to be tied up and subjected to 24 hours of cinematic LEGACY...

MLD
vakkotaur
Jun. 4th, 2007 04:15 pm (UTC)

And then instead of merely being unaware, they can hate it with a fiery passion from the memory of such abuse.

And I will add that not knowing an actor does not mean not appreciating their work. I like some UK productions precisely because they put the production first and don't try to snag the viewer (and beat him over the head) with a Big Name.

The Cyrano bit here might be a stretch, or it might not, but Greg's reaction does nothing to treat the condition. It may well be Greg being Greg, but the fact remains that Alex knows no more than before other than perhaps "Greg is an arrogant snob" -- whether it's true or not. Greg may be upset by the lack of enlightenment, yet has singularly failed to enlighten.

the_gneech
Jun. 4th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
Keep in mind that Greg's idea of "basic everyday knowledge" is highly skewed. There are plenty of people who would boggle at his complete lack of knowledge about, say, the cast of "24" or the current run of "American Idol" contestants -- and he'd be just as confused by it all as Alex is.

-The Gneech
mammallamadevil
Jun. 4th, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
and also keep in mind that my answer...
is completely tongue in cheek....my answer to someone who doesn't know Leslie Howard is to remind them about Gone with the Wind or Petrified Forest, which most going "oh, I know him now---Ashley Wilkes!". After that, they jovially either get assigned TCM or a trip to Stanford Theatre....(grin)

MLD
the_gneech
Jun. 4th, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)
Re: and also keep in mind that my answer...
Heh. For me he's the Scarlet Pimpernel, except when he takes a vacation to be Henry Higgins.

-The Gneech
hantamouse
Jun. 4th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
Re: and also keep in mind that my answer...
Bing! Ok, Henry Higgins I grok. (If I can chase MagnumPI's Higgins out of brainspace long enough)
the_gneech
Jun. 4th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
Re: and also keep in mind that my answer...
Mmmmaybe ... if you're thinking of the singing one, that's Rex Harrison (who also played Doctor Doolittle).

The non-singing b/w one was Leslie Howard.

-The Gneech
hantamouse
Jun. 4th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
Re: and also keep in mind that my failure...
There was another one? I lose.
the_gneech
Jun. 4th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
Re: and also keep in mind that my failure...
"My Fair Lady" is much better without all the singing.

i.e., when it's "Pygmalion" by George Bernard Shaw. ;)

-The Gneech
laurie_robey
Jun. 4th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
Re: and also keep in mind that my failure...
Yes, it was called Pygmalion, not My Fair Lady. No singing.
torakiyoshi
Jun. 5th, 2007 05:14 am (UTC)
Re: and also keep in mind that my answer...
Just you wait!

Poor Greg. The funny thing is, I can so see Hugh Laurie playing Greg in this dialogue.

Have the best

-=TK
laurie_robey
Jun. 4th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
Re: and also keep in mind that my answer...
I'm up for it! Too bad I don't have the time to even go to the AFI Silver in Silver Spring, which is a lot closer. They're having a Buster Keaton retrospective all this month.
hantamouse
Jun. 4th, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC)
Re: good going Greg!
Hmm.... Is Leslie Howard the guy who wrote the Conan series, or the guy that starred in Naked Gun/Airplane movies?
the_gneech
Jun. 4th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
Re: good going Greg!
You're thinking of Robert E. Nielsen, there.

-The Gneech
hantamouse
Jun. 4th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
Conan
Who would make a better Conan? Leslie Nielsen, Eddie Murphy, Gene Wilder, Woodie Allen, Charlie Chaplin,... Billy Barty, or, um... Emo Phillips?
the_gneech
Jun. 4th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Conan
Gene Wilder, definitely. But he'd have to bulk up a bit.

-The Gneech
genecatlow
Jun. 4th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
No... Robert E. Nielsen created the Nielsen rating system. A huge, shaggy man-thing would go to viewer's homes and ask them, ""What is best in television?" And if they mentioned crushing their enemies and such...
the_gneech
Jun. 4th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
I thought that was Jack Valenti. 0.o And his cheeks.

-The Gneech
mammallamadevil
Jun. 4th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
interesting soul, Mr. Valenti...
between him and Mr. Hays they profoundly affected American Cinema..

MLD
laurie_robey
Jun. 4th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
Hi, I'm Jack Valenti, and these are my cheeks!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EeasVrF8A0
torakiyoshi
Jun. 5th, 2007 05:18 am (UTC)
=o.O=

Warum hat er Hackfleisch in seiner Hosen?

Hab das beste

-=TK
electronin
Jun. 16th, 2007 04:43 am (UTC)
Just don't mention his nose.
"The poem is over. I strike."
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