It was inching close to midnight after a long day of filming The Louie Show in front of a live audience. The crew was ready to wrap, and Paul Feig still had to reshoot a scene from earlier in the day where his character’s lines were filled with medical jargon. He was feeling the pressure to get his scene done in a single take. But Louie Anderson was there. “Don’t let them pressure you,” Anderson told him. “You’ve got to get it right. And if you have a hard time, don’t feel like the whole thing is on your shoulders.”
Feig, who later went on to create the cult-classic TV show Freaks and Geeks and served as Executive Producer for The Office, felt the pressure dissipate. For an actor with only a few shows under his belt at the time, hearing that from a comic giant was reassuring. “And so I was able to pull it off,” Feig tells Rolling Stone. “Because the pressure was gone.” Anderson was just that kind of guy.
Feig remembers Anderson — who died Friday at age 68 due to complications with blood cancer — as a generous, loving man who made sure everyone felt like part of a family. The two only worked together briefly. The Louie Show, the 1996 sitcom about a Minnesota psychologist that starred Louie, Feig and Bryan Cranston, lasted only six episodes. But despite the show’s short-lived run, Anderson knew how to make the set feel like home.
Once, while filming during the holidays, Anderson ordered hundreds of turkeys for the entire crew to take home to their families.
“There were mountains of boxes,” Feig says. “I had never seen a star of a show do something like that for the entire crew.” It was a random act of kindness that only Anderson could pull off.
“He was just a very warm, generous guy who believed in treating people well,” Feig added. “He always loved the idea of creating a family with the people he worked with.”
As a young comedian, Feig always admired Anderson’s approach to stand-up, even if it was much different than his own. “His delivery was so unique because he was low-key in a time when everything was very big and broad,” he says. “Louie was so quiet but devastatingly funny — in a way that made nobody feel bad.”
Anderson taught Feig to take his time, and to be confident in his comedic delivery. “You don’t have to go balls to the wall. You don’t have to push it so hard and it actually makes it funnier,” Feig explains. “He could pull that off, which is very hard to do.”
“It leaves you feeling sad that audiences won’t get to experience that again,” he says. But perhaps, he added, “People get to live forever — because we get to watch them.”
With Anderson, it could be watching him channel the energy of his own mother as Christine in Baskets, listening to his voice as a chubby animated version of himself in Life with Louie, seeing him cause contestants to crack as the host of Family Feud, or rewatch the thousands of video clips of his one-of-a-kind stand-up. Seeing his contagious, gapped-tooth smile and patient, yet hilarious storytelling simply “leaves the world in a better place,” Feig says.
The last time Feig and Anderson saw each other was after one of Anderson’s shows in Vegas. Feig attended with a few other comedians and hung out with the Baskets star after his routine. “There was never a bad moment with him,” Feig says. “Ever.”
Rudy Takes Break From Parade to Yell at Stranger on the Street
Giuliani was marching in New York City’s Celebrate Israel Parade behind Mayor Eric Adams on Sunday when an onlooker began to shout at him. Giuliani then stepped to the side to yell back. The beginning of the comments are difficult to discern — it seems like they’re shouting about crime statistics — but Giuliani eventually barks, “Me! I reduced crime, you jackass!”
As the other man continued yelling, Giuliani screamed back, “You are a brainwashed asshole. I am a class act! … You are probably as demented as Biden!” The exchange can be seen in a video posted to Twitter by The Forward’s senior political reporter, Jacob Kornbluh. Shortly after the shouting ended, Giuliani returned to marching in the parade, smiling and waving an Israel flag.
Marching behind Mayor Adams is @RudyGiuliani who gets into a shouting match with a Democrat.
“You are a jackass… You are a brainwashed asshole… you are probably as demented as Biden,” Giuliani told the guy
Watch the video 👇 pic.twitter.com/qjlTzQSP8j
— Jacob Kornbluh (@jacobkornbluh) May 22, 2022
The president’s former personal lawyer, who spearheaded Trump’s efforts in court to overturn the 2020 election results, is fresh off his Friday testimony to the Jan. 6 committee. According to sources who spoke with CNN, Giuliani met with the committee for more than nine hours. Giuliani has also been under federal investigation as authorities look into his Ukraine activities and whether he broke lobbying laws as Trump’s attorney.
Colin Cantwell, Artist Who Designed Iconic ‘Star Wars’ Spacecrafts, Dead at 90
Colin Cantwell, the concept artist and designer credited with creating many of Star Wars’ iconic spacecrafts — including the TIE fighter, X-wing and Death Star — has died at the age of 90.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported Cantwell’s death Saturday at his Colorado home. While no cause of death was provided, his partner Sierra Dall said on his official Instagram page that he had been battling Alzheimer’s in recent years.
An animator and architect who almost studied under Frank Lloyd Wright, Cantwell gained a space background while working on educational videos for Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA in the late-Sixties amid the space race, Cantwell’s bio states.
Cantwell made his first big-screen impact when he was recruited by director Stanley Kubrick to work on 2001: A Space Odyssey, creating “special photographic effects” for the 1968 sci-fi classic; Cantwell is also credited with helping to develop some of the movie’s most awe-inspiring space sequences.
“Kubrick was distraught over the score and had fired multiple composers,” Cantwell’s website writes. “One night, while having an intimate conversations with Stanley over turkey sandwiches at Kubrick’s house, Colin suggested the now famous theme ‘Also sprach Zarathustra’ as well as most of the other music in the film except ‘The Blue Danube Waltz.’”
Cantwell’s work on 2001 led to him being sought by George Lucas for Star Wars, with Cantwell designing many of the starships and vehicles featured in the 1977 blockbuster and beyond: The Death Star, X-Wings, Y-Wings, the Empire’s TIE fighters and an early iteration of what would become the Millennium Falcon; as Screenrant notes, one of Cantwell’s unused designs resurfaced in the 2018 film Solo: A Star Wars Story, where it was dubbed “the Cantwell-Class Arrestor Cruiser.”
Before leaving the motion picture business, Cantwell’s other credits included work on Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and WarGames, where Cantwell helped design the screens that represented the film’s War Operation Plan Response (WOPR) computer and the climatic final scene.
Aaron Paul Runs Back to Salute Fans Missed During Meet & Greet Event
Aaron Paul Meet & Greet I Didn’t Miss Anyone, Did I??? Runs Back for Stragglers
5/22/2022 3:44 PM PT
Aaron Paul isn’t nearly as crochety as his famous onscreen characters often are — in fact, he’s a super nice dude … just ask these people, whom he literally ran back to meet.
The actor was doing a promotional event in Chicago alongside his one-time ‘Breaking Bad’ costar, Bryan Cranston, where they were plugging their new mezcal line, Dos Hombres, and shaking hands with fans who apparently stood in a long line just to get a glimpse.
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Check out this video … it shows AP jogging back to say hello to stragglers who missed the window, not being able to see Aaron and Bryan in the flesh before they were whisked away.
The dude didn’t realize they hadn’t gotten to everyone … so, we’re told he hopped out of the SUV that was taking them away, and circled back to make sure everyone was attended to. As you can see, he waved hello to an off-camera crowd, and took selfies with those nearby.
Super sweet moment, and you can tell the people appreciated it.
As for the mezcal … they actually fired it up a couple years back, but are embarking on this “tequila tour” now, post-COVID. Better late than never … that’s what these people are saying!
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