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George C. Scott

George Campbell Scott (October 18, 1927 – September 22, 1999) was an American stage and film actor, director and producer. He was best known for his stage work, as well as his portrayal of General  George S. Patton in the film ‘Patton’, and as General Buck Turgidson in Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove’.

Scott first rose to prominence for his work with on stage. In 1958, he won an Obie Award for his performances in ‘Children of Darkness’, ‘As You Like It’, and for playing ‘Richard III’. He continued to do stage work throughout the rest of his career, receiving Tony Award nominations for his performance as Astrov in a revival of ‘Uncle Vanya’ (1973), his Willy Loman in a revival of ‘Death of a Salesman’ (1975).

Scott won wide public recognition in the film ‘Anatomy of a Murder’, in which he played a wily prosecutor opposite James Stewart as the defense attorney. Scott was nominated for an  Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Scott’s most famous early role was in ‘Dr. Strangelove, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb’ (1964), where he played the part of General “Buck” Turgidson. It is revealed on the DVD documentary that after having shot many takes of any given scene, Stanley Kubrick would frequently ask Scott to redo it in an “over the top” fashion. Kubrick would then proceed to use this version in the final cut, which Scott supposedly resented.

In 1970, Scott portrayed George S. Patton in the 1970 film ‘Patton’. Scott had researched extensively for the role, studying films of the general and talking to those who knew him. Scott returned his Oscar for Patton, stating in a letter to the Academy that he didn’t feel himself to be in competition with other actors. Scott famously said elsewhere, “The whole thing is a goddamn meat parade. I don’t want any part of it.” Sixteen years later, in 1986, Scott reprised his role in a made-for-television sequel, ‘The Last Days of Patton’. The movie was based on Patton’s final weeks after being mortally injured in a car accident, with flashbacks of Patton’s life.

Scott also starred in Paul Schrader’s 1979 film, ‘Hardcore’ about a father looking for his kidnapped daughter in the seedy underworld. He followed that with the popular 1980 horror film ‘The Changeling’. Scott stars as Dr. John Russell, a composer living in New York City who moves cross-country to Washington State following the deaths of his wife and daughter in a traffic accident while on a winter vacation in upstate New York. In suburban Seattle, Russell rents a large, old and eerie Victorian-era mansion and begins piecing his life back together.

However, Dr. Russell soon discovers that he has unexpected company in his new home — the ghost of a murdered child. It shatters windows, abruptly opens and shuts doors, and manifests itself during a seance. Russell investigates and finds that the mystery is linked to a powerful local family, the heir of which is a
wealthy United States Senator. He received the Canadian Genie Award for Best Foreign Film Actor for his performance. 

In 1981, Scott appeared alongside 20-year-old Academy Award winning actor Timothy Hutton and rising stars Sean Penn and Tom Cruise in the excellent coming-of-age film ‘Taps’.

In 1984 he starred in ‘Firestarter’, a 1984 thriller based on the novel by Stephen King. The plot concerns a young girl who develops pyrokenisis and the secret government agency which seeks to control her. He followed that with a made-for-TV movie of Edgar Allan Poe’s, ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’, which aired in 1986.

In 1990, he was starred in William Peter Blatty’s ‘The Exorcist III’. It is the second sequel of The Exorcist series and an adaptation of Blatty’s novel, ‘Legion’ (1983). Set fifteen years after the original film and ignoring the events of ‘Exorcist II: The Heretic’ (1977), the film centers around the philosophical Lieutenant William F.
Kinderman from the first film, investigating a baffling series of murders in Georgetown that appear to have a satanic motive behind them and furthermore have all the hallmarks of “The Gemini”, a deceased serial killer case of Kindermans.

Scott had a reputation for being moody and mercurial while on the set. “There is no question you get pumped up by the recognition,” he once said, “Then a self-loathing sets in when you realize you’re enjoying it.” A famous anecdote relates that one of his stage costars, Maureen Stapleton, told the director of Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite, “I don’t know what to do—I’m scared of him.” The director, Mike Nicholls, replied, “My dear, everyone is scared of George C. Scott.”


Real Steel – A Review by my 5¾ year old son *****

Real Steal is about robots fighting robots, some are good and some are bad. Charlie (Hugh Jackman) is a guy who fights robots. His first robot is smashed by a bull, the bull smashes the robots leg off with his horns and throws it into the crowd.

He has a boy, Max (Dakota Goyo) who is 11 and goes with him to robot fights.

Charlie orders ‘Noisy Boy’ from Japan and he can’t understand Charlie but the girl (Bailey played by Evangeline Lilly) opens up the back of his head and changes some of the wires and makes him understand English. Noisy Boys control is a screen with blue lights and a microphone that he can speak into too to control him. Noisy Boy loses his arm and head, he has purple blood.

Some robots only have remote controls like Wii Sports.

When they go to get new robot parts, Max falls off a cliff and he’s stuck on a robot hand and he’s rescued. Charlie said “I saved you” but Max says “No”, the robot saved him, so he digs up the arm and it’s a whole robot.

He digs it up and after he cleans it up with a hose, he sees that the robot is called Atom and turns it on. Max paints the name Atom on the robot with aqua paint. The girl recharges Atom, he has stitches on his face  that look like a nose and a smile, and he has blue eyes. His remote control is not like Noisy Boys, he can copy Max’s movements and the dads in his fight with Zeus.

SPOILER ALERT Zeus is the strongest and baddest robot, he’s the champion robot. Atom stays alive to the end of his fight with Zeus, Zeus wins (on points) but really Atom was winning at the end.

5 out of 5 stars