I always thought there was no better actor to portray my family’s namesake on screen than Harold Ramis as Dr. Egon Spengler. The book-end to Bill Murray’s wild Dr. Venkman was smart, serious, sweet and played perfectly straight by the talented actor. It showed that this great talent was as keen an actor as he was a writer and director. The true triple threat that was so rare in filmmaking.
Sure it was spelled with an e instead of an a, but that didn’t stop hundreds of people through my life commenting, “oh, like the guy in Ghostbusters”, after they heard my last name mentioned. The really cool thing was that the real Harold Ramis looked like the doppelgänger to my midwest born-and-raised father.
In "As Good As It Gets" he played another Doctor, the comforting Dr. Bettes who appears at the home of Helen Hunt’s family as a gift from Melvin Udall. He sits in her kitchen and walks through how he’s gonna help make her son feel better. He talks about allergy issues that I heard my father mention growing up and has a calming power over the worried mother and daughter that made it seem like everything was all gonna be all right.
Every detail about the character was personified in my own father. A Doctor as well (an Allergist in fact) I remember watching it for the first time and starting to tear up thinking of him and how this man was able to portray someone like him in such a real way. The physical similarities only made it closer to home but it was the personality and warmth that was so clearly communicated.
I didn’t know the man, but you could tell he was a special, caring person. I’m sure he’s laughing and smiling wherever he is. Excuse me, I’m gonna go give my dad a call.
Nice work from the team on the new Tribeca site that launched yesterday. Here’s what you’ll see:
- Overhauled design & user experience
- Looks saweet on mobile
- Dynamic menu system gets u everywhere fast
- Easier to find content with expanded categories
- Fast access to the key Tribeca Film Festival stuff like tickets and schedule w/ the ever-present “Survival Guide” (look for the life preserver).
- Find out what films we have In Theaters and On-Demand now
It’s all coming together.
Huge congrats to the entire team who put a lot of effort into helping make this happen.
#tbt April 2012;
Thank god for Paul Rudd.
Awesome - was just thinking of this technique today b/c there are some fantastic lenticular paintings in the offices of the Hearst building.
Lenticular Paintings by Rafaël Rozendaal
Two of these are mine. I love them so much.
If you are in New York City between now and January 18th, you should stop by the Postmasters in Tribeca to see this show. The work is incredible.
The movies aren’t dead, they ain’t even left the house. The problem is that making the kinds of movies that would wake them up and check on their pulse has gone out of fashion. TV is hardly the better medium, it’s just been using what it has better than its rival. How long this will go on is anyone’s guess.
No, you didn’t invent Twitter,” he says. “I didn’t invent Twitter either. Neither did Biz. People don’t invent things on the Internet. They simply expand on an idea that already exists.
Brand calls for “systems that serve the planet”
Good one from Matt
The good folks at Playboy gave me 8,000 words in this month’s issue to tell the story of the irrepressible Tim Tracy and his nightmarish adventures in Venezuela. Enjoy. M