If you love classic Hollywood tales, this is definitely for you. Christopher Plummer stopped by Conan to talk a bit about his legendary career and the secret to a long life. It turns out that he wasn’t lying when he said heavy drinking, with the story that follows standing as evidence.
It’s a story that’s been passed around a bit and Kevin Spacey brought it up at a tribute to Plummer in 2013, but this is the first time I’ve seen Plummer really talk about it during an interview. He and Jason Robards were having a ball on Broadway, drinking and raising hell loud enough to earn the attention of some police on horseback.
Obviously it was a different time because the cop gave them a warning and then ended up joining the two actors for a drink, but only on one condition: the horse had to come along.
So here are Christopher Plummer, Jason Robards, a police officer, and a horse enjoying tequila right in the middle of this bar on Broadway. The craziest thing I’ve ever done is still some glasses and puke in someone’s couch. They reportedly had a hard time getting the horse in and out of the bar, but things came together in the end.
Does this compare with the wild pub nights of Oliver Reed or the crazed filled weekends of Richard Harris? Probably not, particularly because nobody performed the last rites on Plummer. Still, it’s a great story that would never happen today. The bar would be shut down and everybody would get mace in their eyes. Also the horse would be armored and it would carry a taser.
(Via Team Coco)