So now with Alan Bates, Richard Burton, and O'Toole sharing libations in The Great Hereafter, there is only one of the My Fab Four British Lions left ..... Albert Finney.
It's funny because I have stories about Bates, O'Toole, and Finney from the same source - Lynn Redgrave, but that is for another time.
In 2006, I was so damned hopeful that Peter O'Toole would finally win his second Best Actor Oscar that I fashioned this little blog.
"…..Like good pal the late Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole's lost the Best Actor nod seven times and he is now running his Eighth Tinseltown race! Is O'Toole destined to become the Susan Lucci of the Oscars? Zounds! Why does this damnable statuette continue to elude County Galway's most imfamous imbibing son?
Peter O'Toole, is being recognized for his role as Maurice, a cynical septuagenarian actor who falls for a much younger woman, in 2006 British comedy/drama Venus. Critics are saying this is the performance of O'Toole's career. O'Toole, 74, “and proud of it,” wanted to “win Oscar now” and not for an entire body of film work. (Persuaded by his daughters, O'Toole
begrudgingly accepted a Lifetime Achievement Oscar in 2003.)
If O'Toole were to “properly” win, it would be 44 years since his first Best Actor nod for 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia!
There have been so many Best Actor nominations in between -
Goodbye Mister Chips (1969),The Ruling Class (1972),The Stunt Man (1980) My Favorite Year (1982). O'Toole has also been nominated for the same role twice - King Henry II in Becket (1964) King Henry II in The Lion in Winter (1968).
So right from the horse's or “Pig's”mouth (as Lion in Winter co-star Kate Hepburn aptly nicknamed him) Peter O'Toole and his pithy screen alter-egos explain why he deserves to share a wee dram with The Golden One.
1)"I want to win the lovely bugger outright." - PT
2)"Damn you, I'm not an actor, I'm a movie star."- Alan Swann - My Favorite Year.
3) "Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere." - Anton Ego - Ratatouille.
4) "For what I am about to receive, may I make myself truly grateful." Jack Gurney, The Ruling Class.
5) "My dear boy, I should have won them all." - PT
6) "I don't like premieres and things like that. I'd just rather do my acting and then piss off." - PT
7) "You dare to damn me, do you? Well, I damn you back." King Henry II, Lion in Winter.
8) "Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, my foot." - PT
9) "Am I the strongest? Or am I not?" - King Henry II, Becket.
10) "I'm a working stiff baby, just like everybody else." - PT.
The Oscars were broadcast Sunday Feb 25, 2006. And sadly, The Last Thespian King of Ireland lost his Best Actor nod to Forrest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland. ...... "
I own The Ruling Class, The Stunt Man, My Favorite Year, The Lion in Winter, King Ralph, Dean Spanley, and my all time O'Toole favorite, Becket. In glorious tribute, I shall pop some kernels, grab a Pimms with a dash of ginger ale and cucumber and settle down to re-experience Peter O'T's fabulous tapestry of celluloid characters. - a mighty playbill of electricity filled performances that soared across every generation. I shall miss those many potent yet often michievious movie portrayals.
I shall be sad to see you play The Wild Rover, no nay never no more...