Saturday, June 25, 2005

Raging Bull

I remember those cheers
They still ring in my ears
And for years they'll remain in my thoughts
Cuz one night I took off my robe
And what'd I do
I forgot to wear shorts.
I recall every fall, every hook, every jab
The worst way a guy could get rid of his flab
As you know, my life was a jab...
Though I'd rather hear you cheer
When I delve into Shakespeare
"A Horse, a Horse, my Kingdom for a Horse,"
I haven't had a winner in six months...
I know I'm no Olivier
But if he fought Sugar Ray
He would say
That the thing ain't the ring
It's the play.
So gimme a stage
Where this bull here can rage
And though I can fight
I'd much rather recite
That's entertainment!
That's entertainment.

Caught an old classic movie the other day - Raging Bull. It is based on the life of Jake LaMotta, "a temperamental and paranoid but tenacious boxer" who alienates himself from his friends and family. Directed by Martin Scorcese, it stars Robert DeNiro as Jake LaMotta and Joe Pesci as his brother. Brilliant direction and cast, the Italian brigade pulls off another classic.

One of my favorite actors, Robert DeNiro has five movies in the Time Magazine top 100 movies of all time - Godfather 2, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Brazil, and Goodfellas. The variety of roles he can portray is amazing. You can find his detailed bio here.

Staying on the topic of Italian-Americans, did u know that Nicolas Cage was born Nicholas Kim Coppola, and is a nephew of Francis Ford Copolla. He changed his name to make it in the film world on his own, without using his uncle's reputation.

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