Leslie Nielsen A Career In 5 Clips..
The sad news that Leslie Nielsen passed away this weekend will leave film fans everywhere with heavy hearts. We’ve put together some of his best clips (as you can imagine, we could have created a whole article jam-packed with scenes from his Naked Gun series..) to celebrate his career. With his well-honed deadpan charm, the Canadian comic brought a whole new meaning to the word spoof. RIP Leslie Nielsen, you will be missed..
Nielsen’s first movie was a rather sketchy sci-fi version of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. “It’s a movie now almost impossible to take seriously, not just for its ropy B-movie production values and wobbly plot, but because of the presence of a (looser-limbed, darker-haired) Nielsen.” Says Guardian Film editor Catherine Shoard.
The iconic satire made Nielsen’s name and paved the way for other future comedy successes. His “Don’t Call Me Shirley” was voted #79 on the American Film Institute’s list of Top 100 movie quotes. The American Film Institute also included the film in its list of the top ten comedy films of all time. “I thought it was amusing, but it never occurred to me that it was going to become a trademark. It’s such a surprise…the thing comes out, people say, ‘What did he say?!’” Said Nielsen.
Nielsen spoke candidly of his early life and influences in an interview with David Letterman during the promotion of the second Naked Gun film. As he spoke of his youth in Saskatchewan, Canada, 100 miles south of the Arctic Circle, Nielsen credits those long cold days of his childhood – “60 below zero, four months of year” – as the fuel of a fantasy life that triggered his acting career.
When Police Squad was cancelled after just six episodes, it seemed that blundering detective Frank Drebin would beleft to gather dust on some network shelf. But when the character was revived for a feature length comedy film six years later, the movie was a massive hit which spawned two sequels – The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991) and Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult (1994)
After the success of the Naked Gun series, Leslie Nielsen continued to spoof various genres with mixed success. Dracula: Dead and Loving was a fine light-hearted romp and his cameo as the American President in Scary Movie 4 were memorable. And he still came across better than Dubya..