I can remember watching Hot Stuff and Cannonball Run on HBO when I was a kid. They would replay them every day for weeks at a time and I probably watched them 50 times each. He was so great and you could just tell how kind he was in real life.
DeLuise starred in the films Blazing Saddles, Silent Movie and History of the World: Part I, Fatso, Hot Stuff and Spaceballs, playing Pizza the Hutt.
He was also a frequent co-star of Burt Reynolds, appearing with the actor in such films as The Cannonball Run and its sequel, as well as Smokey and the Bandit II.
As you know, your Joint SAG/AFTRA National Board of Directors and Joint SAG/AFTRA Commercials Negotiating Committee voted unanimously to approve and recommend your YES vote, on the terms of new three-year successor agreements to the 2006 SAG Television Commercials Contract and the 2006 AFTRA Television and Radio Commercials Contracts.
Your 2009-2012 Screen Actors Guild Television Commercials Contracts and AFTRA Television and Radio Commercials Contracts Referendum Summary and Ballot is on its way to you in the mail today.
Look for your summary and ballot to arrive in your mailbox in the next few days, read all of the materials carefully, vote YES to approve your new commercials contracts, and mail your ballot before the deadline. Your ballot must be received via U.S. Mail at the Everett, WA, Post Office Box by 5:00 P.M. (PDT) Thursday, May 21, 2009.
·Ballots must be mailed in the postage-paid return envelope included with the ballot materials.
·Ballots cannot be mailed or delivered to SAG or AFTRA offices. Ballots that are not received at the Everett, WA, Post Office Box by 5:00 p.m. (PDT) on Thursday, May 21, will not be counted.
Michael Caine‘s new film, Is Anybody There?, which opened Friday, has the actor playing a magician named Clarence who finds himself in a retirement home run by the parents of a young boy obsessed with ghosts.
Here he talks about retiring, working with kids and whether or not acting gets any easier.
A. You’re putting on a show. You’re trying to be a success, you’re trying to be a hit.
Q. Is it harder or easier working with a child actor?
A. It was very easy working with Bill because I don’t regard him as a child actor. I regard him as an actor who’s a child. The difference is you feel absolute confidence in him. You don’t feel he’s a child. You can depend on him. He’s quite extraordinary. Of course, he’d never been in the theater. He’d only been in an amateur dramatic society. So he didn’t have any theatrical baggage to get rid of. He’s a natural little boy. . . . He was absolutely essential. If we’d gotten the wrong child, the movie would have gone in the toilet.
Q. Are there enough parts for septuagenarians?
A. Fewer parts. But it doesn’t matter. It’s just quality I’m looking for. It’s so much harder for older actresses [than it is for actors] getting parts. In 18 months, I’ve found two leading parts in scripts that I wanted to do. That’s extremely fortunate for me.
Q. Could you ever imagine retiring?
A. No, and I’ll tell you why. I think the movies retire you. With me, for instance, when I did “Is Anybody There?” I waited a year to do that. It was 18 months before I did another film, “Harry Brown.” If one doesn’t turn up I’ll be retired. If the scripts don’t come, I won’t do another movie. But there won’t be any fanfare or anything grand. And if the scripts are there, I keep working. I just try to find a better part and make myself better all the time. It’s sort of my hobby now. It’s how I choose to spend my time.
Q. For decades, you were the hardest-working star in Hollywood. You kept turning out the movies. So has that changed?
A. Oh yeah, that’s long gone. I’m the laziest one in Hollywood now.
Q. Is it liberating not to have to play a standard leading man role?
A. Oh, sure, it’s absolutely fine. You don’t have to worry how you look. In fact, the worse you look the better. You don’t get made up in the morning, you get made down. You come in and look like rubbish, and they say you don’t look bad enough.
Q. Does acting get easier with age or harder?
A. With my sort of cantankerousing, it gets easier to do. It gets easy to do what you’re doing. Then I go and ball it up by making it difficult for myself. I try to play parts that are entirely different from me and entirely different from the ones I did before. Having played this mad old magician in “Is Anybody There?” in my next one I play a tough old marine.
“Hey listen, I did it, it’s in the public space. I take the consequences for it. I’m not hiding from that. I went overboard,” he told Total Film.
“I’m not making any excuses, but there is an essential trust and it’s not a tacit one, which is every sound guy says, ‘We are not only not recording, we are not even listening.’ So, well, there goes that.”
“I do stress though, it’s not in anyway a trust that’s there to cover up bad behaviour. It’s not about that. It’s an essential trust that’s needed for creativity.”
Bale said he didn’t think film fans benefited from hearing what went on behind-the-scenes.
“I just don’t think it’s in anyone’s interest to know that much either. I’m actually someone that’s very anti the whole B-Rolls, DVD extras and stuff like that.
“I understand people are interested, I get that they want to hear about it, but to me I look at it as old school movie magic and with magic you do not reveal your secrets.
“I’m not making any excuses. I’m not whining. I’m not going [puts on silly voice] ‘Oh well, if it hadn’t have been for that!’ But it’s that. It’s a creative trust. It’s not a behavioural trust.”
I agree with himabout the trust factor. If you can’t trust the people around you, you’re not going to do your best work.
The DVD extras? Not so much. I’ve actually had Netflix send me DVD’s just because of the extras. Course, I’m a film geek.