Friday, August 31, 2012

Quote of the Day from Simon Pegg

To my mind the most memorable thing about the Republican Convention was that the "anointed" Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, was upstaged by pretty much everyone who got up on the stage. As a result, I seem to be less surprised than most that the most memorable upstaging came from Clint Eastwood, who understanding upstaging from both the actor's and the director's point of view. I'm not sure whether last night's speech was the brain child of Clint-the-actor or Clint-the-director. However, Hollywood is about your name being on everyone's lips (or, in the digital age, in everyone's tweets).

There has been no end of amusement in reading the reactions to Eastwood's performance. As might be guessed, you have a lot of Hollywood types trying to get attention with responses that are either indignant (Mia Farrow) or clever (the majority). I suppose it was inevitable that, in covering this affair, BBC News should cite someone from their side of the pond; but they made a good choice. Simon Pegg may well have come up with the most memorable reaction to the whole affair:
Maybe Clint is a sleeper agent for the Democrats sent in under deep cover to make the Republicans look stupid. No wait, that's Romney.
It is also worth noting that Pegg's quote, along with all the others, appeared in a story that ran in the Entertainment & Arts department, which is probably where all the other Convention coverage should have been run.

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