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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Peter O'Toole and Sonnet 130

Peter O'Toole has announced that he is retiring from acting. That is a sad thing.

But the memory of his films and the legacy he leaves behind is more than remarkable.

I suppose the very first image of his face I can ever recall is this one from Lawrence of Arabia:

I found this very nice little interview from NPR in which he discusses how he became an actor. Someone had asked him, while Peter was toiling away working at a newspaper, "have you any unanswered calls inside you?'

What a great question. I can relate to this because I answered my call, and that decision led me to this point.

In the NPR piece he also talks about Shakespeare's Sonnets. He considers them his "lifelong companion" as they go with him everywhere and he finds endless pleasure in reciting and reading them.

Do yourself a favor and listen to him recite Sonnet 130. Just wonderful.

Do you have a Shakespearean "lifelong companion?"

Mine has been and will be The Merchant of Venice, and I will never forget the a-ha moment when I saw just how funny and bawdy it really is.


David B. Schajer

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