Wednesday, January 21, 2009

One for the team

The latest news out of Bradenton, Florida, involves an amateur theatre group where the director busted a cap at one of his lead actors, chipping off a chunk of skull and some ear-meat. The 81-year old actor, who was playing the part of Lenny in the John Steinbeck classic, Of Mice And Men, had the ear bit reattatched and is recovering nicely. "I really feel no pain," said the freshly stitched seniour, following up with, "I was really lucky." Yeah. Getting shot in the face and walking away with nothing more serious than a new head-crease and an oddly shaped ear is pretty lucky alright.

The offending weapon was a gun being used as a prop in the play and had been supplied by another member of the theatre group and in what is being described by some as "stupid" nobody had thought to make sure that the weapon was unloaded before using it. It might have made a bit more sense to have gone to some sort of store and bought a toy gun (this is amateur theatre after all) but then hind-sight is 20/20 so who am I to judge? The bright side in all of this is that they weren't doing some sort of a war play wherein the audience might have been sprayed with machine-gun bullets. That would have sucked. This is show-biz though and no publicity is bad publicity so on with the show, funny looking Lenny and all.

Anyway... Humouroceros


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