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  1. > {quote:title=redriver wrote:} > Woody Allen said during filming of "Pussycat," they went to a party. He met a girl, but O'Toole beat his time. "So I asked if she had a sister for me. She did. Sister Maria Theresa."{quote} Relevant picture is relevant
  2. > {quote:title=misswonderly wrote:} > wow, greenknees, you really like this guy. I'm wondering if you ever saw the Saturday Night Live sketch about him, two or three years ago when he was up for an honourary Oscar. They really played up his haminess and his drunken ways, but in an affectionate way. Anyone who knows anything about O'Toole would have thought it was funny, no offensive. Can't remember who played O'Toole, though.{quote} Lol, I actually wanted to post these pics earlier, but I was busy moving into my dorm and going to classes. He is my favorite leading man and watching Lawrence of Arabia convinced me that maybe old movies weren't as boring as all my friends said they were and began my love of classic cinema that continue to this day. Also, reading his books (which are awesome) got me to check out Ulysses, Yeats poetry, Irish history, the history of the theatre, T.E. Lawrence, and Shakespeare's sonnets and plays, so I owe him that. And actually I LOVE that sketch (acted by the amazing Bill Hader, who is so wasted on that show) and it inspired me to check out more on Peter O'Toole (it was actually like "Lol, who is this guy? He's crazy! I LOVE IT!"). Then, a while later, I was sitting at home watching the Academy Awards the year he was nominated for Venus, a bit sulky because my high school had lost this big state wide drama competition. There was this film at the beginning where they were talking to all the nominees and he was up first. I remember they asked him "Why didn't you win the Oscar for Lawrence of Arabia ?" and he just stared at the camera and said "Because someone else won it" as if it was nothing at all. And that really stuck with me: here's a guy whose been nominated eight times without a win and while he has every right to sit there and obsess about it, he doesn't. He just lets it roll off his shoulders and works harder next time; in practically everything he's in he's the best thing in it, until its become a point that there is something extremely wrong with the Academy Awards that they failed to give him an Oscar for at least ONE of his legendary performances. So the next day I went back to school and while everyone else in my drama club was all like "Waahh, we lost!", I just shut up and went to work on the musical. I try to make that a point in everything I do. The point isn't if you won the award, it's if you know that you worked the hardest and gave the best performance you possibly could. Lol, sorry if that sounded a bit preachy and if I didn't exactly get what I wanted to say across especially well, my that's my feelings. Plus, while I've searched high and low for that SNL sketch, I've never been able to find the video. However, I do have the link to the transcript: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/06/06bupdate.phtml . And for kicks, here's another Peter O'Toole pic: "'Sup, camel?" Edited by: greenkneehighs on Sep 7, 2010 7:08 PM
  3. Feeling the need to spam the forum with O'Toole photography: My favorite picture. I love it! Done with spamming...for now...
  4. > {quote:title=misswonderly wrote:} > I agree, they're not very good likenessess, but I would say that the person on the upper left is Cary Grant, and the one on the bottom left is Humphrey Bogart. Your assumptions were correct. > > Actually, though, now that I take a second look, I think the one in the middle on the bottom is not Greta Garbo but Marlene Dietrich.{quote} Thanks! And yeah, I was debating whether or not it was Marlene Dietrich, but now that its right in front of me (its on my wall right above my desk as I type this), I see the skinny eyebrows that seemed to be her trademark. And yeah, the likeness are bad (and poor Clark Gable is frightening me), but it was a $5 poster sale and college students are notoriously poor lol. To compensate, I do have this fantastic poster of Peter O'Toole that's taken a place of pride in all of my dorm rooms over the past four years:
  5. So I recently purchased this poster to decorate my room at school: Problem is, while most are easily identifiable, I can't figure out whoever is in the upper left and lower left hand corners. I'm guessing that upper left one is Cary Grant and the lower left is Humphrey Bogart (from the hat and jacket), but I'm not too sure. Any ideas as to WHO exactly they could be would be excellent, as the website I purchased this doesn't have any description on this poster. From what I can identify, the legends on this posters are: top row (from l to r): ?, Audrey Hepburn and Marlon Brando middle row (from l to r): Lauren Bacall? (actually, not too sure about this one either), Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly bottom row (from l to r): ?, Greta Garbo and the creepiest pic of Clark Gable imaginable So any help would be awesome. Thank you so much!
  6. Pretty much the entire relationship between Simon Dermott and Nicole Bonnet (Peter O'Toole and Audrey Hepburn) in How To Steal A Million, but especially the scene where they're locked in the closet together. Some of those line make me swoon just reading them: Simon Dermott: (about to see Nicole to a taxi) Just one more tiny favour: like an idiot I forgot to wear gloves on the job. I may have left some fingerprints. Be an angel. Before you go to bed, just give the frame of the painting a little wipe with a clean cloth, ok? Nicole Bonnet: Certainly. Anything else? You wouldn't like a forged passport or some counterfeit money or... Simon Dermott: Oh, no no no. Nicole Bonnet: You're mad. Utterly mad. I suppose you want to kiss me goodnight? Simon Dermott: Oh, I don't usually, not on the first acquaintance, but you've been such a good sport... (he kisses her, she resists at first, than yields) Simon Dermott: (o the taxi driver) 38, Rue Parmentier, drive carefully. )to Nicole) Simon Dermott: Get a good night's sleep. But this might just be my favorite: Simon: You have two gorgeous girls in your family, Mr. Bonnet. Bonnet (Nicole's father): Two? Simon: The other is upstairs wrapped in a shirt in my room. Bonnet: A-ha!And which, may I ask, do you intend to keep? Simon: (finishes pouring champagne) The real one. SIGH Oh and I also love the end of Morocco , when Marlene Dietrich takes off her heels to follow Gary Cooper into the desert. There are probably dozens of other moments, but those are the ones on the top of my head. Edited by: greenkneehighs on Aug 30, 2010 11:02 PM
  7. Lol, I've heard about eight versions of this story and this is what I've managed to piece together from all of them: David Lean and Sam Spiegel were having trouble casting the lead for Lawrence of Arabia. Spiegel wanted to cast Marlon Brando, but Lean dreaded the thought of dealing with method acting in the desert. Albert Finney had an amazing screen test (which, from what I heard, still exists in some sort of special collection in England and is apparently is the most requested video from that collection) and was cast, but later dropped out because he didn't feel like filming on location for that long and then accepted the lead in Tom Jones. Many others were also considered, which, when asked about this laundry list of potential Lawrences in later years, Peter O'Toole would quip that "probably Groucho Marx" was considered as well. Here's where things start deviating, probably in no small part because the teller is usually Peter O'Toole and when he talks he is first and foremost a storyteller. In one version, David Lean went to see The Day They Robbed The Bank Of England and, after seeing O'Toole as Captain Finch (the aforementioned "silly a** Englishman"), decided to audition him for Lawrence. In another version, it was Lean's wife who saw the film that fateful day and told her husband about it. In a third it was Lean's wife's astrologer who saw it and then Lean's wife was chatting about the difficulties of getting the part of Lawrence cast and the astrologer recommended O'Toole. The only conclusive thing we know is that *someone* saw The Day They Robbed The Bank Of England and thought Peter O'Toole was good in it. I've also read somewhere that O'Toole was originally cast in the part that eventually went to Aldo Ray, but refused it and asked to be given the part as the English captain. No reason is given exactly why, but my guess is that with a name like O'Toole he feared he would be forever typecast as "the Irish guy who has a thing against England and blows up stuff". So Peter O'Toole was brought in to audition; at the time he was appearing in Hamlet and had dark curly hair and a beard for the role. One of the first questions he was asked is "what's your hair color under all that...stuff." Sam Spiegel did NOT want to audition him at all, as he had previously auditioned O'Toole for something else and supposedly O'Toole was being his usual lovable smart-**** self and that deeply angered Spiegel (I've also heard somewhere that Spiegel got infuriated at the fact that a flask fell out of O'Toole's pocket at some point during the audition for Lawrence , but I've only heard that once). But Lean was persistent and Spiegel eventually folded and allowed the audition to be held. After shaving and bleaching his hair blond (there's also some sources that suggest Lean told O'Toole to get a nose job to look "more English", but more likely than not O'Toole did it because he broke the hell out of his nose playing rugby), Peter O'Toole was given robes that had originally belonged to a king and were eventually cut up to make a dog bed and gave the screen test of a life time. At one point, Spiegel admitted something along the lines of "there's no use wasting any more film-the boy is Lawrence". Thus the part was cast and a legend was born. After breaking his contract for the next play he was supposed to be in (Becket, funnily enough) and signing another one that had a stipulation that his wife had to be flown out to him at least once a month, O'Toole was sent to the desert and one of the most epic movies ever made has begun. In short, despite the fact that Finney was originally cast, in my mind I can't see any play the part except for Peter O'Toole. It probably just means I need to see more Albert Finney, but whenever I watch Lawrence, my favorite thing is always O'Toole's performance. As to what his career would have been without Lawrence...I don't know, there would probably been a lot more theatre and I heard an interview where he was told in drama school that "he would be the fellow who sticks his head out of the window and asks anyone if it's time for tennis" and he's said he's never had to play that type of part. I think that a kind of a roundabout way of saying he was told he'd play the "upper class twit" roles and while O'Toole definitely has played upper class, they're usually too busy thinking they're Jesus/Jack the Ripper to worry about tennis. Edited by: greenkneehighs on Aug 29, 2010 1:36 PM
  8. > {quote:title=misswonderly wrote:} > > {quote:title=greenkneehighs wrote:}{quote} > > I semi-periodically reread Hellraisers: The Inebriated Life and Times of Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, Richard Harris & Oliver Reed and Peter O'Toole's Loitering With Intent: The Apprentice because they never fail to make me laugh, even on horrible days when the thought of writing yet *another* hellish term paper loom over my head. Right now I'm trying to work through Lady Chatterley's Lover, Lolita and Seven Pillars of Wisdom. > > So you must be looking forward to Peter O'Toole day. Hey, that's today. I hear Mr. O'Toole can be quite the rabble rouser. But I think I'll skip *Laurence of Arabia*.{quote} I have been in heaven all day, lol! I'm spending it in front of my T.V. watching my favorite movies while I pack to go back to school tomorrow! Sheer bliss! And he was (and still is, from what I heard) quite the hellraiser; the stories in those two books are nothing less than epic. Lawrence actually happens to be my favorite movie, but none of my friends ever want to watch it with me (well, we were going to have a Lawrence of Arabia drinking game, but we figured we'd all be dead by the end of it). Seven Pillars of Wisdom is actually what Lawrence is based on. Edited by: greenkneehighs on Aug 28, 2010 2:03 PM
  9. Peter O'Toole happens to be my favorite actor and still the only one whom, whenever I watch something he's in, get completely lost in his characterization and forget he's an actor. I picked out Lawrence of Arabia one day just because I wanted to watch all of AFI's Top 100 Movies (I kept forgetting and I think I watched seven, lol), I fell in love with the acting and the story and it lead me to other classic movies that even my other family members had never seen. I've been waiting for this day all summer, even though tomorrow I go back to school. I can see why others may not like his acting style (he's a touch more theatrical than most), but I was always big into theatre so I love it. {quote:title=MyFavoriteFilms wrote:}P.S. I find it interesting that Aldo Ray has higher billing over him in one of the films (THE DAY THEY ROBBED THE BANK OF ENGLAND). That would be like taking a popular TV star nowadays, say a Mark Harmon or someone like that, and making him the lead actor over Tom Cruise. LOL{quote} The reason why is because it's one of Peter O'Toole's first film roles; he wasn't yet a leading man in the movies. But when it came out, a director by the name of David Lean saw it and decided that the young actor playing the "silly **** Englishman" would be perfect for the lead of a movie he was going to film- Lawrence of Arabia Edited by: greenkneehighs on Aug 28, 2010 1:00 PM
  10. I semi-periodically reread Hellraisers: The Inebriated Life and Times of Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, Richard Harris & Oliver Reed and Peter O'Toole's Loitering With Intent: The Apprentice because they never fail to make me laugh, even on horrible days when the thought of writing yet *another* hellish term paper loom over my head. Right now I'm trying to work through Lady Chatterley's Lover, Lolita and Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
  11. I LOVE this thread! The pictures here are so awesome! Might I request a Peter O'Toole pic or two in honor of his day on Saturday?
  12. {quote:title=misswonderly wrote:}Well, it didn't work, so nobody will get to see how gorgeous Mr. (Martin) Sheen was when he was young. Unless of course you've seen *Badlands*. Or *Apocalypse Now*.{quote} Does that work?
  13. Peter O'Toole and Sian Phillips (in Becket, Murphy's War, and Goodbye, Mr. Chips )
  14. > {quote:title=kybabe3 wrote:} > Now, on to William Powell. He personified sophistication on screen, and I have to agree, they just aren't making the kind of movies he was noted for, and more's the pity for it. But, let me ask you, IF they were to make the Thin Man today, or Philo Vance Mysteries who in today's gaggle of actors could play either character with the wit and sophistication as our boy Bill. The only person I could think of was George Clooney. Can you think of anyone?{quote} I think Michael Fassbender would do well in this, based on the character he played in last year's Inglourious Basterds (plus, he just looks better in period clothing than in anything else).
  15. For my list, I choose: -Audrey Hepburn -Grace Kelly -Clara Bow -Louise Brooks -Anna May Wong -Rita Hayworth -Maureen O'Hara -Norma Shearer -Olivia de Hallivand -Nathalie Baye Edited by: greenkneehighs on Aug 16, 2010 2:05 PM
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