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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

From Some Book 

On the filming of Dr Strangelove, Ken Adam, in an interview in Christopher Frayling's Ken Adam and the Art of Production Design, remarks that Peter Sellers had a great deal of difficulty coming up with a characterisation for U.S. President “Merkin Muffley”. Adam claims Sellers felt lost unless he had something to parody, and nothing offered itself.

It's curious, because I have always found it to be one of his subtlest characters: the physical stiffness, the demeanour, and the accent of course. His accent was both catalyst and constraint.

I sometimes think people would be better off looking for someting to parody instead of trying to develop an original identity on their own.

Maybe they do!



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