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Paul Newman



No doubt everyone has heard, by now, that Paul Newman died over the weekend at 83. Cancer, by all accounts.

When someone famous dies, there's always that sense, from people who write about the person, that they knew them, or had some insight into the person that they are, but I won't claim that. I did like some of his films, though, and I always thought that he had a fine screen presence, even until his last films--he was the only reason to watch Road to Perdition, for example. Some of the older films, like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and the Sting were influential on me as a teenager when I was soaking in every kind of influence I could get, and despite the accents, I've always had a soft spot for Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, though this is probably in part because I've always had an amazing weakness for old Elizabeth Taylor films. Yet still, and this might seem strange, but the thing that I knew Newman for first wasn't films, but rather the sauces that were made under his company, Newman's Own, and which featured his face on the label. I remember seeing it as a kid, when my Mum did grocery shopping, and thinking that the label on it looked cool. The sauces were never all that great, though, despite the reportedly one hundred percent of profits going to charity. Still, the man was an actor, and I never really held the dodgy sauces against him.

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king_espresso
Sep. 29th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
Also films like The Hustler, Harper (with a script by William Goldman who also wrote Butch Cassidy), Hud and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof are worth watching.
benpeek
Sep. 29th, 2008 05:27 am (UTC)
yeah, i've seen most of them, i think. don't think i've seen hud.

HARPER was much later in his career, right? (or am i mixing it with a much earlier film?)
king_espresso
Sep. 29th, 2008 06:05 am (UTC)
Harper is 1966. Based on a Ross McDonald detective novel.
IMDB Link Very stylish and it gets a good amount of coverage in William Goldman's Adventures In The Screen Trade. Nice ensemble cast too.
benpeek
Sep. 30th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
oh. yeah. right, i remember that now. i was thinking of the film TWILIGHT.
king_espresso
Sep. 30th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
Twilight's easy to remember. It's the one with the nude Reese Witherspoon in it before she had all the work done.
utsusemia
Sep. 29th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
His lemonade is pretty good, though.
benpeek
Sep. 29th, 2008 05:25 am (UTC)
he made lemonade?
barthanderson
Sep. 29th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
heh. I had "Plastic Jesus" queued up for a link, too, but then opted for the knife fight from Butch Cassidy. Cool Hand Luke was one of the most important movies of my late teens -- that you-aint-gonna-break-me, near-Absurd plot just got under my skin.
benpeek
Sep. 29th, 2008 05:26 am (UTC)
heh. i had the knife fight from butch cassidy and the sundance kid queued, then thought plastic jesus was more fitting. the whole live your life without the rules, die by the law thing was more my teen version.
barthanderson
Sep. 29th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
What could be a more fitting memorial than seeing the dearly departed kick some character actor in the gonads?? ;)

Ah well. Just so you know, when you drop, Ben, your fitting memorial is going to be that pic of you flipping off the camera.
benpeek
Sep. 30th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
somehow i dont think there's going to be any shortage of photos where i do that ;)
ext_83464
Oct. 17th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
it's hard not to admire Paul Newman for putting his money to work in such productive ways, such as his Newman's Own line--high quality stuff and the proceeds go to good causes... very smart.
benpeek
Oct. 17th, 2008 05:31 am (UTC)
yeah, he was a pretty cool guy.

welcome to the blog, btw.

Edited at 2008-10-17 05:31 am (UTC)
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