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The man who made dinosaurs come to life and who made Gandhi a household name, Richard Attenborough, died at the spry age of 90.

OK, I am now being told that Gandhi more or less made himself a household name…

Starting out as a stage actor, Attenborough had his big break when he starred in “The Great Escape.”  He eventually went on to directing.

Attenborough brought the film “Gandhi” to fruition after a 20-year battle to raise money and interest often reluctant Hollywood producers, one of whom famously predicted that there would be no audience for “a little brown man in a sheet

Attenborough, trying desperately to make this look work.

Attenborough, trying desperately to make this look work.

carrying a beanstalk.”  Gotta love how Hollywood makes decisions.  This is why Michael Bay is so rich.

Richie mortgaged his house in a London suburb, sold works of art and, as he put it, spent “so much money I couldn’t pay the gas bill,” to make the film.  There were 430 speaking parts and over 300,000 extras for Gandhi’s funeral. No one expected the movie to recoup its $22 million cost, but it wound up earning 20 times that amount.  Take that, racist, narrow-minded Hollywood producers.

He followed up his directorial triumph by directing “A Chorus Line.”  Sure, he could get money for that piece of crap, but to make a movie about an Indian he had to mortgage his own house.  This is why Michael Bay is so rich.

Attenborough was credited with inspiring Diana, Princess of Wales, whom he coached in public speaking at Prince Charles’s urging, to start her campaign against landmines.  She should have expanded her campaign to other bombs.  It might have kept him from directing “Chaplain.”  

But Attenborough will be remembered most for playing John Hammond in the movie “Jurassic Park.”  By extracting dinosaur DNA from a mosquito trapped in amber, he was able to bring dinosaurs back to life.  He had a swanky park where people could go see these creatures (that still look more realistic than anything in “Avatar”).  His plan would have worked too… but he had to hire Newman…. Newman!  Didn’t he ever watch “Seinfeld?”

This hit goes to Joanne!  With 110 points, she is now a mere 80 points behind the leader.  If only she had some Cardinals up her sleeve…. hell, if only I had some Cardinals up my sleeve.

Happy pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Jami: 190 (Ariel Sharon – 20, Philip Seymour Hoffman – 60, Peaches Geldof – 80, Rubin “The Hurricane” Carter – 30)

“Imaginary” Steve (aka: The Arch-Bishop): 150 (Cardinal Domenico Bartolucci – 10, Cardinal Ricardo Carles Gordo – 20, Emmanuel III Delly – 20, Marco (Polo!) Cé – 20, Cardinal Simon Lourdusamy – 10, Cardinal Bernard Agre – 20, Cardinal Francesco Marchisano – 20, Cardinal Edmund Szoka – 20)

Tailgating with Jesus: – 140 (Jerry Coleman – 20, Ralph Kiner – 10, William Clay Ford – 20, Ralph Wilson -10, Jack Ramsay – 20, Don Zimmer – 20, Chuck Noll – 20, Don Pardo – 10)

Joanne: 110 (Ace Parker – 0, Nelson Mandela – 10,  Ray Price – 20, Maximilian Schell – 20, Connie Marrero – 0, Al Feldstein – 20, Casey Kasem – 20, Eli Wallach – 10, Richard Attenborough – 10)

Starving Writer: – 100 (James Avery – 6’ 5” – 40, L’Wren Scott – 6’4” – 60)

Gianna: 90 (Tom Laughlin – 20, Alicia Rhett – 10, Mae Young – 10, Ruth Robinson Duccini – 10, Pete Seeger – 10, Fred Phelps – 20, Marc Platt – 0, Dick Smith – 10)

SPMI: 90 (Peter O’Toole – 20, Joan Fontaine – 10, Sid Caesar – 10, Dave “Sick-motehrfucker” Herman – 30, Terry Richards – 20)

Occupy the Casket: 80 (Ronnie Biggs – 20, Harold Camping – 10, Dick Ayers – 10, Robin Williams – 40)

The Girl on Fire: 70 (Eleanor Parker – 10, Dave Madden – 20, Ralph Waite – 20, James Brady – 30)

Babysitter: 70 (Mikhail Kalashnikov – 10, Russell Johnson – 20, Mickey Rooney – 10, Ann B. Davis! – 20, Stephanie Kwolek – 10)

Good to the Last Drop (© Maxwell House): – 60 (Frederick Sanger – 10, Maxine Kumin – 20, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. – 10, Gary Becker – 20)

Dick in Town: 50 (Hiroo Onoda – 10, Dick “Dickie” Jones – 20, Elaine Stritch – 20)

Team Sushi: – 50 (Bob Hoskins – 30, Maya Angelou – 20)

Nora the Explorer: 30 (Jeremiah Denton – 20, Ruby Dee – 10)

Nikki: 20 (Lauren Bacall – 20)

Mostly Mike: 20 (Shirley Temple Black – 20)

Carol’s 1%: 20 (Harold Simmons – 20)

 

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