Ole Blue Eyes. The nickname isn't his alone but the eyes are so startling that I decided to only show a black and white photograph so as not to blind all of you for the next several hours. I was thinking of your well being (!) it hurts to look at him.
(Isn't it completely unfair when someone who is absolutely perfect beefcake is also absolutely and undeniably talented?)
I'm always embarrassed about how few of Paul Newman's films I've actually seen. When I first started becoming obsessed with movies as a teenager I rented lots of old movies but I tended to concentrate (that's the polite word for obsess) on my favorites Monty Clift, Natalie Wood, Gene Kelly, Warren Beatty and Judy G ...you know how I do. The concentration created major gaps or quirks in my classic film knowledge. For example: I've seen Paul in crap like The Silver Chalice --since Natalie Wood is also in in --but not in some of his classics). Once I started seeing 90-100 new releases a year these old school gaps and quirks stayed in place. I must fix them.
In the subject of Paul Newman I'm less schooled than I should be for a loudmouth film writer. Teach me! These are the key Newman films I haven't seen (he said sheepishly)...
Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) The Long, Hot Summer (1958) Exodus (1960) The Hustler (1961) Hud (1963) Cool Hand Luke (1967) The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) Nobody's Fool (1994)
Where on earth to begin... How to get to know Paul Newman better?