Tuesday, October 30, 2007

If Ever I Would Leave You

Well, he has left us, and I will miss him.

Perhaps Robert Goulet became a parody of himself but the article includes a line I quite like:
"You have to have humour, and be able to laugh at yourself," Goulet said." One of the lines in Man of La Mancha, spoken of the Duke in the play by Cervantes/ Don Quixote, is, ‘He carries his self-importance as if afraid of breaking it’ -- amuses me immensely. No one should take himself that seriously.'"

He is also, in many subtle ways, one of those artists who have a history that shows how delightfully entwined US and Canadian culture are (here in Canada the worthy all wring their hands over the US influence on our culture, but I don't see the same hand-wringing in the US over our inordinate influence on theirs).

Goulet's Lancelot will always be the Lancelot I recall from 'Camelot'.

He clearly had a great sense of humour:

Goulet returned to the stage for the first time in nearly a decade in 2005 to take a role in La Cage Aux Folles, bringing down the house by kissing his co-star, Gary Beach, in the Tony-winning production in New York.

"I'm not used to kissing men, so the first time, I nearly broke Gary’s nose. Then I hit his chin. I'm getting better," he said of that appearance.

Farewell, Robert Goulet.


At 5:23 PM, Blogger Tired Old Fart said...

He also had a great appearance on the Simpsons as the headliner at Bart's Treehouse Casino, getting bullied by Nelson and singing "Jingle Bells" (the "Santa Smells" version) ... that's how I remember him


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