Death in the Hollywood Family: Memorializing Kershner and Nielsen in their own words
There’s really nothing to say and everything to say when someone great passes away. For the details, Leslie Nielsen was 83 and Irvin Kershner had been battling lung cancer for 3 years. Both had lived long, fulfilling lives, so it’s fair to say: rest in peace.
To honor them with a few thoughts, here’s quotes from comedian Leslie Nielsen and director Irvin Kershner.
Rumack: Can you fly this plane, and land it?
Ted Striker: Surely you can’t be serious.
Rumack: I am serious… and don’t call me Shirley
Frank: That’s the red-light district. I wonder why Savage is hanging around down there.
Ed: Sex, Frank?
Frank: Uh, no, not right now, Ed.
Frank: I’m single! I love being single! I haven’t had this much sex since I was a Boy Scout leader!
–Music Stops. People stare.–
Frank: I mean at the time I was dating a lot.
President Bush: Frank, please consider filling a post I’m creating. It may mean long hours and dangerous nights, surrounded by some of the scummiest elements in our society.
Frank: You want me to be in your cabinet?
Rumack: I won’t deceive you, Mr. Striker. We’re running out of time.
Ted Striker: Surely there must be something you can do.
Rumack: I’m doing everything I can… and stop calling me Shirley!
Frank: Now, Jane, what can you tell us about the man you saw last night?
Jane: He’s Caucasian.
Jane: Yeah, you know, a white guy. A moustache. About six-foot-three.
Frank: Awfully big moustache.
Frank: It’s the same old story. Boy finds girl, boy loses girl, girl finds boy, boy forgets girl, boy remembers girl, girl dies in a tragic blimp accident over the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Day.
Frank: No, the worst.
Director of Hollywood blockbusters Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, RoboCop 2, and James Bond: Never say never again
“I like to fill up the frame with the [characters’] faces. There’s nothing more interesting than the landscape of the human face.”
[On whyÂ George Lucas asked him to directÂ Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)]: “Of all the younger guys around, all the hot shots, why me? I remember he said, ‘Well, because you know everything a Hollywood director is supposed to know, but you’re not Hollywood.’ I liked that.”
Ironically, enough, Quote 3:
It’s a matter of pride to me to get the film done fast, to get it done well. I understand the need for compromise. There is no such thing as a perfect shot, a perfect film. The Purpose of film is not to make a monument to oneself.
Ben Gammerman from ology.com also wrote [When George Lucas first asked his former USC film professor Irvin Kershner if he would direct the secondÂ Star Wars, the man turned him down flat. Though already an established filmmaker, having helmed the 1978 horror flickÂ Eyes of Laura Mars, Kershner was positive that a secondÂ Star Wars would only be a letdown after the blinding breakthrough of the first. He expressed this to his agent who expressed back, “Are you crazy!?!” The rest is history.]