And so we continue with the series that I started in 2010. I’ve already covered fictional characters in literature and stars of the music world. In this post I’m having actors over for dinner (I was going to cover fictional characters on film but perhaps that’s another day’s work) however they’re not necessarily my favourite actors in a professional sense. Some of my favourite actors to watch might not be the most scintillating dinner guests!
1. Peter O’Toole.
When Peter O’Toole was making Lawrence of Arabia he was possibly the handsomest man in Hollywood (for those of you who don’t believe me, check this out) and the film launched his very successful career. Nowadays he’s probably better known for being the only surviving hell raiser of the 60s. O’Toole is a living legend and his exploits with Richard Harris and other luminaries of the acting scene in the 60s would make your toes curl. Definitely a raconteur you’d want at your table.
2. Jack Nicholson
The Bold Jack. He’s a rogue with a devilish smile who would no doubt try to hit on all the women at the table (and if he didn’t we’d be very disappointed). He would have riveting stories to tell, from his bizarre childhood, to working on the set of Easy Rider (where it is rumoured that in the camp fire scene they were smoking actual joints in every take) to living next door to Marlon Brando and Warren Beatty on “Bad Boy Drive”.
3. Steve Buscemi.
I have been a fan of Mr. Buscemi’s ever since I saw him in Reservoir Dogs when it first came out. He was amazing in The Sopranos and I also loved “Interview” the movie he directed and starred in with Sienna Miller. Any time he’s interviewed he seems very funny and down to earth. Buscemi used to be a NYC fire fighter before he became an actor. The day after 9/11 Buscemi returned to his previous station, Engine 55, and worked 12-hour shifts alongside other firefighters to sift through the debris at Ground Zero, all the while refusing to have his picture taken or give interviews. In short, the man’s a legend.
I have had a girl crush on Drew Barrymore ever since I saw her in the Guess adverts in the early 90s. She seems like great fun, is smart and a bit eccentric. Most of all, I love the fact that she’s very pro-women, she’s a girl’s girl. When she was producing and starring in Charlie’s Angels she became great friends with her co-stars and there are never any rumours of bitchery around other women where Drew is concerned. She also has a great sense of humour as can be seen from her stints of Saturday Night Live where she is more than willing to take the piss out of herself.
Dame Elizabeth might turn down the dinner invitation being seventy eight and rather infirm at this stage, but in an ideal world, I’d like the Elizabeth from the 60s and 70s to attend. Elizabeth was in her prime during this period and she was renowned for being a bit of a party animal. Reports from her friends at the time say that she was capable of not just keeping up with her husband Richard Burton, but sometimes even drinking him under the table! She also has a bawdy sense of humour, is very warm and a great hostess. Plus if she came to my dinner party, I’d get to try on the Krupp diamond. Bonus!