Sir Ian on acting Gandalf
- My son sent me these YouTube links, from Ricky Gervais' EXTRAS program,
and I thought many of you would get as much a howl out of them as I did.
First, there's Sir Ian McKellen playing himself, discussing his acting
philosophy behind playing Gandalf:
Then, though it has nothing to do with PJ's RINGS movies, other than the
fact that I am one of those who generally loved the films, but wished to
heck PJ had cast David Bowie as Elrond, here's another EXTRAS bit, with
the Bowie being innocently brutal to poor Ricky Gervais:
- Cf. the OED, under BOOTS: "An instrument of torture formerly used in
Scotland to extort confessions from prisoners", a meaning they trace
back to 1513.
On Feb 7, 2007, at 10:28 AM, Hugh Davis wrote:
> I have a question for this learned group. In David Constantine's
> translation of Faust, Part I, Mephistopheles refers to "being
> fitted tightly in Scotch boots" (line 1913). The notes suggest
> Scotch or Spanish boots for the line, and that this is an
> instrument of torture. I know of Spanish boots from the
> Inquisition, but does anyone know the origin of the Scottish variety?
> Hugh Davis