Yes, yes, I’ve already obsessed over Peter O’Toole. Just be happy you don’t know me in real life, because I talk about this dude all the time. (Sorry about that. Except not really at all.) This post has been brought to you by my random discovery on YouTube that Peter O’Toole was in a Pizza Hut commerical in the 90s. In which he recited Shakespeare. Backwards.
I’m pretty sure I should be sad that his talent has been wasted on commercials for crappy pizza, but I can’t stop playing this over and over again and then clapping my hands in delight and wonder. Shut up, this is the only place I can see him reciting Hamlet.
Today would have been Richard Burton’s 84th birthday. He is one of my very favorite actors, and it’s a shame that his personal life has always overshadowed his talent. (Not that I’m not also fascinated with his personal life.) Perhaps Hamlet is not the most appropriate play for a birthday, but it’s the best showcase for Richard Burton’s talent as an actor.
After some careful deliberating, I realized that I had the perfect clip of an Old Person I’m Obsessed With that ties into Sitcom Week.
Sir Derek Jacobi has done a lot of amazing theatrical work. He’s done Shakespeare (on stage and film), Cyrano, and the most epic Masterpiece Theatre production ever–I, Claudius. Right now (and ending this week), he’s playing Malvolio in Twelfth Night in London, making me again curse my fate of being not English (making this fate easier is the news that David Tennant’s Hamlet will be filmed!). Among all these renowned and prestigious performances is the clip I’m going to share with you. Derek Jacobi on Frasier.