‘Klute’ — I turned that down because my husband Gary Morton didn’t want me to play a high-priced call girl onscreen, even though the role won an Oscar,”
Ms. Ball said of Jane Fonda’s turn in the Alan J. Pakula classic. “It was stupid to say no to those pictures.”
“As an actor you’re supposed to take jobs that will challenge you or force fans to see you in a different light. By the ’60s and '70s I wasn’t really an actor anymore. I was someone who got locked into giant bank safes with Mr. Mooney. I got so far away from what they told you in acting class: Do something different. Producers kept offering me the ‘Change of Habit’ movie opposite Elvis, but Gary said, ‘Your fans don’t want to see you in a wimple.’
next up - Roz Russell on turning down 'Belle du Jour'
Honey, Gary knew that nobody wanted to see those naked ancient titties flashed 30 feet high and 90 feet wide. He was doing us all a favor.
Say what you will about Gary, but he was smart to talk Lucy out of replacing Sean Connery in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
She would have been BRILLIANT in "Change of Habit." Think of what we've lost. DAMN YOU, GARY!
Imagine what she could have done with a Bergman or Rossellini film. She would have redefined world cinema!
Last year Jerry Lewis admitted that had Lucy taken The Day the Clown Cried, it would be a beloved classic today. His damned ego wouldn't accept that Lucille Ball was born to play that role, not Jerry.
Did Gary Morton "wisely" persuade her to turn it down?
What happened to your website with bogus stories about Lucy called "I Loathe Lucy"?
Did Lucy know that Gary Morton was a drunk who frequented hookers?
Lucy, you've had sufficient.
I remember that in an interview Lucy rued the fact that she turned down the lead in "Body Heat".
I think that the movie-going public was really cheated.
It's common knowledge in Hollywood that Lucille Ball was offered the part of James West in The Wild Wild West, but turned it down because she never liked doing her own stunts.
Unidentified studio sources for "Herbie The Love Bug" still claim Lucy was in the lead to play Herbie until just before preproduction...
Gary probably did propose this 'wisely"; but Lucy would be too self-centered and needy to have recognized the wisdom of his decision.
In all seriousness: I remember toward the end of her life she got the Hasty Pudding Award at Harvard that they normally give to actresses who are currently on the top of their game, and she just leaped at it like a shark to the chum. She was quoted as saying to the press something like, "This is one of the big prizes and I've never won it! Of course I'm accepting it! Gladly!" She was practically drooling at the prospect.
She would have brought so much to the Eleanor of Aquitane role in The Lion in Winter.
"Of course he has a knife. He’s always has a knife. We all have knives. It’s 1183 and we’re barbarians. How clear we make it.
Oh, my piglets, we are the origins of war — not history’s forces, nor the times, nor justice, nor the lack of it, nor causes, nor religions, nor ideas, nor kinds of government, nor any other thing.
We are the killers.
We breed wars.
We carry it like syphilis inside. Dead bodies rot in field and stream because the living ones are rotten."
(Makes spider face) Eewwwwww.
"Oh my God. I'm back. I'm home. All the time, it was... We finally really did it ... You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!"
We are switching to the new platform for The DataLounge this weekend. All of our mobile users have been using it for over a week and all first time users have been using it for about a month - which adds up to well over one million users. So we're ready to end this phase of the testing and move everybody to the new site. (more)
And yes, we've changed the look and some of how it operates.
Yes, we know you just *hate* it in well in advance.
Yes, we know we suck.
Yes, we are the biggest suckers that ever sucked.
But it was time for a change and with the huge shift to mobile it was long overdue. We've taken this opportunity not only to update the look but also make major changes under the hood (or "bonnet" if you're either British or pretentious or both). And we have to prepare for 2016 - a presidential election year where we can normally expect to see a 60% jump in traffic (yes, we've seen 5 presidential elections so far…Christ we're old).
The site has a bunch - nay, plethora - of new features which will make the site more usable: better search, the ability to ignore posters and threads, see link previews, to pick up a thread where you left off, spam and malware filtering and more.
If you want you can go explore and see for yourself, Click here.
And while running the tests we've noticed two interesting reactions to the new system - people are spending more time on the site and more people that come stay around longer and look at more stuff. Both good things. Yay!
Possibly we've not slain all the dragons and there will be issues that come up during the switchover. There's a help button in the lower right hand corner of the page which you can use to send us bug reports.
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