"Fiction is the purest art. Commercial fiction is the butter, the darkest chocolate, and the finest malt. That's why we are so addicted to it."--Angie Brooksby-Arcangioli
I'm right there with you on Paul Newman as Henry Gondorff, whether it was in the overalls and white t-shirt or the tux, he was charming and sexy and just plain wonderful. I was 14, I think, when I first saw The Sting. I've got a 14-year-old nephew, now. I think it's time to introduce him to it. I think he'd like it, though not for all of the same reasons I still enjoy it!
He was wonderful (and a hottie) even in his eighties
I thought of that post when I heard the news he had passed.I'm sure every generation says this, but I'm not sure we have the legendary star power of some of the giants like Newman, McQueen, Wayne and so forth.Such a loss.
I posted a tribute to Paul Newman on my blog today: a sketch of the real Butch Cassidy homestead in Utah.He will be missed.http://janwhitaker.com/jansblog/
[Background: Henry Gondorff (Newman) joins card game in early stages of "the sting" on gangster Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw). Gondorff has adopted the cover name, ironically, of "Shaw"; he arrives at the game evidently well-hammered.]Lonnegan: Mr. Shaw, we usually require a tie at this table... if you don't have one we can get you one.Henry Gondorff (Newman): That'd be real nice of you, Mr. Lonniman!Lonnegan: Lonnegan.[Gondorf nods and burps in reply][Sometime later, after "Shaw" has whipped Lonnegan's butt]Gondorff: Tough luck, Lonnehan. But that's what you get for playing with your head up your ass! ------------Ha -- classic!
I cried when I saw the news. He was one of my most fave actors, but he was also a decent human being. RIP PAUL NEWMAN!!!!!
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