DKoren asked: If you could cast Rudy in any modern movie, what would you like to see him in?
(Rudy = Rudolph Valentino, for those who don't know.) I would have him play Roux in Chocolat. Yes, Johnny Depp was creamy-dreamy in the role, but I can totally see Rudy as Roux. With his Italian accent he'd have that perfect flavor of slightly-other. Plus of course he'd have the handsomeness and the charm and the devil-may-care flair down pat. Kind of lost in imagining him in this now -- thanks :-9
|Valentino vs. Depp|
Or, looked at another way, what role would you like to have seen him play?
If I could have him had make any story into a movie, back when he was actually making movies? Oh, why not have him as John Thornton in a silent version of North and South? Rudy could do haughty and offended so sweetly, and also wounded and tender and sad and hopeful and... yeah, that would have been amazing.
|Particularly Thornton-ish shots of Rudy|
Which character in The Great Escape do you most relate to?
Sedgwick (James Coburn), I think. He's always making things and solving problems in creative ways.
Which is your favorite?
Hilts (Steve McQueen) and Danny (Charles Bronson) tie for my favorite. Hilts for his swagger, and Danny for his sadness. (Always with the sad characters, Hamlette! Yeesh!)
Jessica Prescott asked: Which is your favorite Star Wars character, and why?
Han Solo (Harrison Ford). Again with the swagger -- I like a guy with braggadocio, but only if he's 100% earned the right to it. Which Han has -- he's every bit as bad and cool and wonderful as he wants you to believe he is. (Also, I'm fascinated by smugglers.) (Also, Harrison Ford! Hubba hubba.)
Do you have a favorite song/singer/band?
Yes I do. His name is Bobby Darin, and I have loved his music since I was 16. I bought a cassette tape of his music because I wanted to hear his rendition of "Mack the Knife" (my favorite song ever since). I listened to it on my cassette player with my headphones in that night, lying in bed, and knew I was never going to be the same. I listened to both sides of the tape before I went to sleep, and listened to it right away again in the morning. His music has been with me ever since.
I do post about him fairly often -- you can read all my posts about him here if you want to know more about why I love him. He recorded music in every genre that existed in the '50s, '60s, and early '70s, and his versatility is pretty well unrivaled.
Besides being a consummate singer, songwriter, and live performer, Bobby was also a talented actor. He appeared in many popular TV shows, made quite a few movies, and was even nominated for an Oscar for his supporting role in Captain Newman, MD (1963).
Did you read the Chronicles of Narnia as a kid? If so, which book was your favorite?
I read them as a teen. My favorite is The Horse and his Boy, which I've read probably 4 times, while the rest I've only read once. I used to go around saying, "The bolt of Tash falls from above!" at random moments.
Zoe asked: Have you ever participated in English Country Dancing, attended a masquerade ball, or danced The Laendler? If so, might you paint a word picture of your experience?
No to English Country Dancing (but I'd love to try it), and no to The Laendler. Sort of yes to the masquerade ball, in that my college had a Halloween dance every year, and my friends and I always went in costume. One year we all went as vampires dressed in costumes (so I was a vampire soldier, Cowboy was a vampire Ringo Starr, etc.). Another year, we all went Goth Glam. One year I was Rogue and Cowboy was Wolverine. So while we all knew who everyone was because we saw these people every day (very small college -- about 400 students at that time), it was still kind of a masquerade ball.
Wearing a costume to a dance, for me, was a way of shedding my inhibitions about "am I dancing weird?" and "do I look like a dork?" because with a costume on, of course I looked goofy! And that gave me freedom to bust out some moves I might not ordinarily try. Though to be honest, my friends and I have never been awesome dancers, but we have been joyful dancers, and we do things like The Monkey and The Twist that were popular long ago.
I also took ballroom dancing my freshman year of college. But there were more than twice as many girls as boys, so I ended up learning the boy steps to all the dances so I could dance with the only person I knew in the class and she could learn the girl steps.
So... none of those were quite what you were asking about, I'm afraid. I really want to try English Country Dancing one day! When I have time, lol.
|(There's no good reason for this extra photo of Bobby Darin.)|
Thanks for the great questions, friends! I'll be answering Natalie's question next -- I have a feeling I'll be spending a whole post on it!