Peter O’Toole: Acting With Messianic Determination

Peter O'Toole works with his co-star on the set of Lawrence of Arabia (1962, dir. David Lean) “[In Lawrence of Arabia,] there was a famous scene of a charge in which my face was described by Time magazine as with a look of ‘messianic determination’ as we charged. …The day of the charge, we were given Moroccan plow camels, who had never had a human being on their hump. We were doing a mile down a shaley hill - 50 camels and 400 horses. It was going to be very dangerous indeed. So I went to the caravan which Omar [Sharif] and I were sharing. As you may know, Omar is a gambling man. He was looking very solemn. He said, 'I’m working up the odds, Peter….whether or not the camel will fall over, or whether I will fall off the camel. The odds on the camel falling over are 6:4 against, but the odds of me falling off the camel are even money.’ I saw the sense of that so I asked, 'What do you intend to do?’ He said, 'I’m going to tie myself onto the camel.'  I thought, well, I don’t really fancy being adhered to a camel. So I said, 'I’m not going to do that, Omar. I’m going to get drunk.’ And Omar said, 'Oh, I’m going to get drunk as well.’ So we got a bottle of brandy and two bottles of milk and we drank the brandy and the milk. And of course by this time we were supremely confident of doing anything. So he was tied to the camel. Off went the rockets - boom! - and of course the camels, out of sheer terror, bolted. And this look of 'messianic determination’ on my face was, in fact, a drunk actor.”

 

Peter O’Toole (1932 – 2013) achieved instant stardom playing T. E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) for which he received his first Academy Award nomination. O’Toole received seven further Oscar nominations: Becket (1964), The Lion in Winter (1968), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), The Ruling Class (1972), The Stunt Man (1980), My Favorite Year (1982) and Venus (2006). O’Toole never won the Oscar. But he’s in great company. Cary Grant and Alfred Hitchcock were also snubbed by the Academy.

Here, O’Toole gives some great pointers on acting technique. This is the kind of real life experience students of Stanislavsky, Strasberg and Adler never received.

“In Lawrence of Arabia, there was a famous scene of a charge in which my face was described by Time magazine as with a look of ‘messianic determination’ as we charged.

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Career Advice From Alfred Hitchcock to Ingrid Bergman

Ingrid Bergman and Alfred Hitchcock, 1948.

Ingrid Bergman and Alfred Hitchcock, 1948.

Hollywood stars frequently experience stardom and the vast amounts of money they earn as illegitimate.

They suspect that they are unworthy… or just plain frauds.

Ingrid Bergman, whose work has given pleasure to millions of fans, had such an existential moment.

She chose to confide in director Alfred Hitchcock, who guided Bergman to her greatest performance in Notorious, 1946.

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The Iran Deal and the Problem of Conjecture

 

Iran's supreme IslamoNazi tweeted a picture of Obama with a gun to his head. This is Iran's official comment on the nuclear deal.

On July 25, 2015, Iran’s supreme IslamoNazi tweeted a picture of Obama with a gun to his head. This is Iran’s official comment on America’s suicidal nuclear deal.

Over the weekend, the distinguished historian Niall Ferguson published a clear-eyed essay in the WSJ about the Obama-Kerry surrender to the IslamoNazis of Iran.

In making the case for his nuclear-arms-control deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran, President Obama has confronted Congress with a stark choice. “There really are only two alternatives here,” he declared at last week’s press conference. “Either the issue of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon is resolved diplomatically through a negotiation or it’s resolved through force, through war.”

This binary argument is so central to his administration’s case that the president provided a second formulation: Without the deal, he said, “we risk even more war in the Middle East, and other countries in the region would feel compelled to pursue their own nuclear programs, threatening a nuclear arms race in the most volatile region in the world.”

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“Always be a first rate version of yourself.” -Audrey Hepburn  Photo by Yousuf Karsh, 1959

“Always be a first rate version of yourself.”
-Audrey Hepburn
Photo by Yousuf Karsh, 1959

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Lunch with Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren

Audrey Hepburn visits Sophia Loren and her husband, producer Carlo Ponti in Switzerland.

Audrey Hepburn visits Sophia Loren and her husband, producer Carlo Ponti in Switzerland.

During Christmas 1957, Sophia Loren and her husband Carlo Ponti rented a villa in Switzerland. Their neighbors were Audrey Hepburn and her husband actor Mel Ferrer.

One day, while Mel was away for work, Audrey invited us to lunch. To get to their house we had to walk along a trail surrounded on both sides by the peaceful, silent snow. It was like being in a fairy tale. The chalet was very beautiful, luminous, all decorated in white, set on a hill overlooking the lake. Audrey was dressed in white too, as was the table, on which she’d placed a few flowers and lots of candles. It was the height of elegance.

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Stop Iran Rally, Times Square, Wednesday

If you are in New York on Wednesday, July 22, you should attend this important rally.

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There’s a nice group of speakers lined up.

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ObamaCare for Arabia

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The democrat party would like nothing better than for the media to keep talking about Donald Trump, the Confederate flag, Bruce Caitlyn Jenner, or any other nonsense with which the radical left obsesses in their quest for ideological purity. What they don’t want to talk about is the Obama-Kerry surrender to Iran. Because when they do talk about it, they have to lie extravagantly in order to put lipstick on the pig.

Just as Obama lied about ObamaCare, he and his goose-steppers are lying about their treacherous deal with Iran which insures Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons.

In today’s WSJ Bret Stephens writes about the Iran deal’s collapsing rationale.

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Obama’s War Against the Jewish State

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The more we read about the Obama-Kerry surrender to the IslamoNazis of Iran, the worse it gets.

In Annex III – “Civil Nuclear Cooperation” the document states that those who negotiated the deal with Iran — the U.S., China, France, Russia, the U.K. and Germany — “and possibly other states, as appropriate, are prepared to cooperate with Iran on the implementation of nuclear security guidelines and best practices:”

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

  Your inner life means an awful lot, too. If you’re unhappy or bitter or jealous, it shows in your face. And I’m sure it’s true, love keeps you pretty.”  —Ingrid Bergman

“Your inner life means an awful lot, too. If you’re unhappy or bitter or jealous, it shows in your face. And I’m sure it’s true, love keeps you pretty.”
—Ingrid Bergman

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Everything You Need to Know About the Nobel Peace Prize

Irena Sendler

Irena Sendler

During World War II, Catholic Polish national Irena Sendler (1910 – 2008) received permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto as a sewer specialist.

Sendler had an ulterior motive.

Irena smuggled Jewish infants out of the ghetto in the bottom of her tool box. She also smuggled larger Jewish children in a burlap sack placed in the back of her truck.

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Obama-Iran: Not a Deal But An Act of Treachery

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“You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor, and you will have war.”

These were the prophetic words spoken by Winston Churchill in the immediate aftermath of the signing of the Munich treaty which handed Czechoslavakia to the Nazis in return for “peace in our time.” Of course, in less than a year, the world was at war.

Appeasement, like all policies conceived in the spirit of utopia, does not bring forth security, nor does it bring peace. On the contrary, appeasement insures eventual conflagration.

By acknowledging the hegemonic designs of the Islamic state of Iran, this administration is enabling tyranny and mass murder.

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Obama Capitulates to Iran

Barack Obama has just made a deal with these IslamoNazis.

Barack Obama has just made a deal with these IslamoNazis.

PM Netanyahu’s Statement on the Obama-Kerry Deal With Iran

7/14/15

“I will refer later to the details of the agreement, but before that, I would like to say here and now – when you are willing to make an agreement at any cost, this is the result.

From the initial reports we can already conclude that this agreement is an historic mistake for the world.

Far-reaching concessions have been made in all areas that were supposed to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons capability. In addition, Iran will receive hundreds of billions of dollars with which it can fuel its terror machine and its expansion and aggression throughout the Middle East and across the globe.

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Historic Sellout of Israel by Obama-Kerry

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My good friend David Gerstman is keeping a close eye on the Obama-Kerry capitulation to the IslamoNazis of Iran. This from Legal Insurrection.

President Barack Obama has, at least since 2012, claimed that he has Israel’s back regarding his engagement with Iran.

But as the Iran nuke negotiations move closer to an agreement, with reports it could happen by tomorrow, it is clear that Obama’s words are empty rhetoric.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“There are many things in your heart you can never tell to another person. They are you, your private joys and sorrows, and you can never tell them. You cheapen yourself, the inside of yourself, when you tell them.” —Greta Garbo, 1931

“There are many things in your heart you can never tell to another person. They are you, your private joys and sorrows, and you can never tell them. You cheapen yourself, the inside of yourself, when you tell them.”
—Greta Garbo, 1931

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How Not To Marry in Hollywood — Or Anywhere

Gloria Grahame

Gloria Grahame (1923 – 1981)

In June 1948, the day after that she divorced her first husband, actress Gloria Grahame wed director Nicholas Ray.

But the marriage was troubled and ended when Ray walked in on Grahame while she was in bed with another man.

Actually, a boy.

He was 13-year-old Anthony Ray, Nick’s son from a previous marriage.

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Obama’s Bad Idea About Bad Ideas

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Yesterday, at West Point, President Obama said, “Ideologies are not defeated with guns, they are defeated with better ideas — a more attractive and compelling vision.” 

This statement is one more pious leftist pronouncement that is demonstrably false.

Slavery in the United States was an evil ideology that was defeated by the force of arms not by the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Of course we fight ideas with other ideas. That is a given. But in the end, it is war, not political discussions, that decide history. Just ask the Nazis, or the Japanese, or the fascists of Italy.

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How to Con America and Get a Nuclear Bomb

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Iran: The Worst Agreement in U.S. Diplomatic History

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Make no mistake about it, President Obama is going to sign a deal — any deal — with the genocidal mullahs of Iran. His threats to walk away from a bad deal are as meaningful as his red line in Syria.

The only question is: Will Israel attack before Obama exits or wait to see what the next administration brings?

The problem is that Hillary Clinton’s path to the White House is easy to imagine in terms of the Electoral College. Starting out with New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and California are a huge advantage. For the Republicans, the path to victory is far more difficult. And no one should imagine that Hillary will be any better than Obama. The Democrat party is hard left ideologically, which means appeasement to America’s IslamoNazi enemies and daylight with our freedom-loving friends.

Charles Krauthammer explains why this deal is such a disaster.

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A Hollywood July 4th

Ava Gardner draws a line in the sand for July 4th.

Ava Gardner (1922-1990) draws lines in the sand on July 4th, 1943, and flashes the victory sign. Nothing like patriotism and a bit of cheesecake to raise morale.

A long time ago, in a universe far, far away, in a place called Hollywood, the movie studios and the actors who were under contract to them, celebrated their love of America, and enthusiastically indulged in overt displays of patriotism.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“The first time you buy a house, you think how pretty it is and sign the check. The second time, you look to see if the basement has termites. It’s the same with men.” -Lupe Velez

“The first time you buy a house, you think how pretty it is and sign the check. The second time, you look to see if the basement has termites. It’s the same with men.”
-Lupe Velez

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