Wednesday, May 28, 2008

R.I.P. Sidney Pollack

Famous director and actor Sidney Pollack died earlier this week.

I was prepared to accept the coroner's verdict and chalk his surprisingly sudden death up to cancer. But then I listened to Tuesday's "Fresh Air" podcast, where Terri Gross says that she was caught by surprise when his death was announced. She said that she'd just seen Pollack listed as an ex. producer on HBO's "Recount" movie that was broadcast over the weekend.

Gross is talking to famous people all the time. Surely she would be more aware? Hmmm.

Well, Gross then noted in her brief review of Pollack's career, that he was the director of "The Firm." Uh oh . . . Tom Cruise connection.

Well, you know where this is going.

Yet another example of Mr. Cruise eliminating someone more famous/more successful than him. Pollack won an Oscar for "Out of Africa" and was nominated for his work in "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" and "Tootsie." And though "The Firm" was a hit, it didn't win any Academy Awards. Heck, it benefited John Grisham more than Cruise. (Watch your back, Grisham . . .)

So, the end result was sad, if predictable.

The afterlife will be enjoying some quality movies now, I can guess. While we are down here trying to digest "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."


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