Sunday, September 28, 2008

Paul Newman

well, the world is going to be full of (justified) glowing tributes to the great, sadly late Paul Newman.

i can't add much. thanks for the laughs in Slap Shot, thanks for putting a piece of everyone's father and grandfather into Nobody's Fool, thanks for the brilliant acting in The Verdict, bravo on going toe to toe with McQueen in The Towering Inferno, thank you for personifying "to thine own self be true" in Cool Hand Luke, thank you for the dozens of other cinematic bursts of entertainment i have missed out here.

"The light that you think you emanate is not necessarily the light that other people see. You think of yourself as a shy, retiring whatever it is, and some other people will see you in an entirely different way. ... You have to constantly learn. Obviously, you have to start with some kind of gift, but people don't understand that. ... I don't have a gift for anything. I've only had a gift of pursuit."
- Paul Newman, 1990.
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