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03.13.09 20 Comments

This is Ryan O’Neal doing the MOST DRAMATIC LINE READING EVER in Norman Mailer’s Tough Guys Don’t Dance from 1987. Additional trivia:

Norman Mailer, in the interview on the DVD, said that he was counseled to cut the ending of the scene in which Ryan O’Neal’s character Tim Madden reads a note from his ex-girlfriend Madeline informing him that his wife was having an affair with her husband in which he exclaims “Oh Man! Oh God! Oh Man! Oh God! Oh Man! Oh God! Oh Man! Oh God! Oh Man! Oh God!” due to O’Neal’s poor performance. Mailer kept it in because he thought the poor line-reading actually added something to the picture. O’Neal, who had been friendly with Mailer, turned on him as the bit revealed his short-comings as an actor and embarrassed him. [Wiki]

Why have I not seen this movie?  According to the internets, two other famous lines are “Your knife is in my dog” and “I just deep-sixed two heads.”  The only thing that could make this better is if they replaced Ryan with Shaquille.

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