Saturday, September 27, 2008

Paul Newman: 1925-2008

The man once known as "Cool Hand Luke" is dead at 83. He was old school left-wing politics, and though I never bought his silly salad dressing, I have to admit: the amazing characters he played in films will live forever - somewhere deep, deep in my heart - as stunning examples of The Macho Response.
"What is lost forever is the kind of movie star Paul Newman was — the kind who understood that being larger than life meant never crossing the line into the dark heart of celebrity; that it was possible to be politically active without insulting your fans; that living in rural Connecticut as opposed to Beverly Hills was how to keep your perspective.

A loving father, faithful husband, World War II veteran and philanthropist who gave away a vast fortune, being one of the all-time great screen legends was only part of who Paul Newman was. It‘s the rare circumstance where after their passing we mourn the loss of the man more than the star."
Rest in peace, old man. You did good.