Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Two and a half minutes.

Some of you (AMToNW) will have read this morning of the attacks made by Mr Charles Sheen, a little known thespian, on the writers of a programme on the electric television in which he currently ‘stars’. He has said that the writers have used his real life activities as inspiration for some of the plots in the programme.

You might be surprised to find me in sympathy with Mr Sheen (pause for third rate puns about household polishes), but I have felt similarly exploited on several occasions. I was close to suing Ian Fleming at one point, until he agreed to introduce a less than moral lifestyle to his most famous character (no, that boy, not Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, you oaf). Despite having little interest in archaeology, there were times when I had to engage in tough dialogue with Mr Spielberg about the character of Indiana Jones.

Those of you with longer memories will remember the kerfuffle that Dave had with Granada TV about Albert Tatlock.

14 comments:

Dave said...

I have to admit I had no idea what you were talking about. Having searched the internet, I am still none the wiser. I know he was in the film Platoon, but of his more recent goings-on, I am in the dark.

Did you know Jane Russell has died? I thought you might have made a couple of points about that.

I hope this has helped to pass some of the empty minutes in your life.

Vicus Scurra said...

Albert Tatlock was in Platoon? You are barking. I did not know Jane very well, but spent some amusing evenings with her husband, Bertrand, at the skittles and darts evenings at the "Queen's Gusset" near Bletchley.

Pamela said...

Charlie Sheen is a .....

Ok, my religious upbringing prevents me from finishing that sentence with the necessary colorful adjectives required to describe this...waste of space.

Vicus Scurra said...

Wassup, Pam? Is he not returning your calls?

Adam said...

Ineed. Mr. Sheen is actually on his way to becoming a hero.

Many may not know this, but his plan is actually to use up all of the cocaine in the known world, then all of the plants that could be used to possibly make cocaine, then all of the seeds. Soon the coca plant will be eliminated entirely, thus eliminating one of the main drug problems in the world.

Christopher said...

Still trying to think of something apt. Sorry for the delay. Did you know James Chuter Ede well?

Vicus Scurra said...

I have to confess to having been defeated by a member of the panel. I have no idea what the Chuter Ede reference is. All I know is that he was a politician, a member of the Atlee government, and had a silly name. If this is merely a random name from the brain of dear Christopher, then I welcome this diversion. Anyone else want to throw in a few? James Robertson Justice? Ninette de Valois? Muggsy Spanier?

Christopher said...

Pretty random, really. I cast back in recent history for a man of your stripe and came up with J. Chuter Ede, a man of integrity, on the post-war liberal left, clear-thinking, articulate and not without a grain of sal atticum (despite his name being an anagram of HEED CRUET), who has never ever been parodied or misrepresented as far as I know nor had any truck with Jane Russell.

Tim Footman said...

I see your Muggsy Spanier and raise you Gerald Nabarro. Or Winifred Atwell, it makes little odds.

Vicus Scurra said...

Googie Withers. W.G.Quaife. Duncan Sandys.

Tim Footman said...

Horace Bachelor. Gilbert Harding. Professor Joad.

Vicus Scurra said...

Jensen Button.
Cornelius Lysaght.
Randy Baumgardner.

MJ said...

Do you suppose Blanche Hunt was greeted by Albert Tatlock when she passed on?

Vicus Scurra said...

MJ. I don't know. Ask Dave. He seems to know about Albert's movie career.