Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Final Line Project: Jack Lemmon

JACK LEMMON
FEBRUARY 8, 1925 - JUNE 27, 2001

Select Filmography:
Mister Roberts
Some Like It Hot
The Apartment
Days of Wine and Roses
Irma La Douce
The Great Race
The Odd Couple
The Out-of-Towners
Save the Tiger
The China Syndrome
Glengarry Glen Ross
Grumpy Old Men



Random Fact: Before shooting every take, Lemmon would say "It's magic time."

Final Film Performance: The Legend of Bagger Vance - uncredited - Narrator/Old Hardy Greaves, 2000.

THE FINAL LINE

"I play for the moments yet to come, looking for my place in the field."


Reflections: There is arguably no actor I truly enjoy watching perform more than Lemmon. From the quote he began each take with, to every movement displayed, he was truly a one of a kind performer. Charismatic, without being obnoxious. Charming, without being annoying. Theatrical, without being comically so. He carried films in such a way that almost no actor has been able to duplicate. A true staple to the craft of performing. A legend in more ways than most could ever dream of being.


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9 better thoughts:

Alex said...

Oh jeez I love Jack Lemmon so much! I didn't know he was involved with The Legend of Bagger Vance (never saw it) but that's a sort of sweet final line.

Dan said...

I was a latecomer to the world of Jack Lemmon but since discovering his talent I haven't looked back. I think the first film I saw him in was either Glengarry Glen Ross or Grumpy Old Men. I then saw My Fellow Americans where he starred alonsgide James Garner - with the talent involved it should have been a better film but Lemmon was still his enchanting self. Finally I discovered Billy Wilder and saw Some Like It Hot and The Apartment back-to-back. I loved them both but The Apartment immediately became one of my favourite films ever.

These final lines are great. It's almost surreal how the lines posted so far relate in some way to the actor's life on film. I think Lemmon was one of Hollywood's finest actors - someone who could be excruciatingly funny but his antics were tempered by a good heart that always seemed to be in search of something. He may have played for the moments yet to come, but I hope he eventually found them.

MovieNut14 said...

He's recently become one of my favorite actors.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

Lemmon has to be the most subtle comedian I know, and you know how I go crazy for subtlety.

Univarn said...

@Alex Yeah, he went uncredited and it's a very minor role (first few mins and last few mins) but it really ties the whole film together.

@Dan Lemmon was just one of a kind, beyond compare really. And so far the lines have really done the actors justice, though in some cases it won't be quite as great. Still this is more about them than their line.

@MovieNut Yeah, you can't really go wrong with Lemmon. Even his worst films have that air of charm because of him.

@Andrew Out of curiosity have you ever seen Irma La Douce? It's the second pairing with Lemmon and MacLaine, and he's just a delight in it. It's a bit long winded, but oh so charming.

Danny King said...

Awesome post here. I love the random fact. I think it truly speaks to the energy, enthusiasm, and passion that he brings to his on screen personas.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

I have seen Irma La Douce (why it's called that, I don't know since it's more Lemmon less MacLaine). It's a good romp, not as good as it could be - but I do like it.

silveremulsion said...

Love Jack Lemmon. He's so great in the Billy Wilder films. His on-screen presence is so endearing. Truly one of the greats.

The Kid In The Front Row said...

Lemmon was one of a kind. I miss him.

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