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Protecting our Purity Of Essence

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Born March 26, 1916, today would be Sterling Hayden‘s 87th birthday.

The Godfather was the biggest movie he was in, with a modest supporting role as a corrupt police captain.

A better movie as far as being a showcase for Hayden was the 1956 The Killing, an early and underrated Kubrick crime thriller.

His immortality, of course, comes from his role as General Jack D Ripper, the base commander who went off his rocker in Dr Strangelove, unilaterally starting a nuclear war and setting off the end of civilization. This may be the funniest movie role of all time.

Ripper:

You know when fluoridation first began?

Mandrake:

No. No, I don’t, Jack. No.

Ripper:

Nineteen hundred and forty six. Nineteen fortysix, Mandrake. How
does that coincide with your postwar commie conspiracy, huh? It’s
incredibly obvious, isn’t it? A foreign substance is introduced
into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the
individual, and certainly without any choice. That’s the way your

hard core commie works.

Mandrake:

Jack… Jack, listen, tell me, ah… when did you first become,
well, develop this theory.

Ripper:

Well, I ah, I I first became aware of it, Mandrake, during the
physical act of love.

Ripper:

Yes a profound sense of fatigue, a feeling of emptiness followed.
Luckily I was able to interpret these feelings correctly: loss of
essence.

Ripper:

I can assure you it has not recurred, Mandrake. Women… women
sense my power, and they seek the life essence. I do not avoid
women, Mandrake, but I do deny them my essence.

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  • http://www.eddriscoll.com Ed Driscoll

    Al,

    I drank enormous amounts of Kubrick Kool-Aide in college, so I love Dr. Strangelove–in fact, I posted about it–and why men in particular seem to really love that film–last fall.

    I wouldn’t mind reading a of biography of Sterling Hayden–he must have been quite a character. And like Peter Sellers, Kubrick really got a couple of excellent performances out of him.

    Nice post!

    Ed