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(Deadline)   MGM developing new Pink Panther film which will be a hybrid of live action and animation and focus more on the titular Pink Panther. Well, at least it won't feature Steve Martin ruining Peter Sellers' memory   ( ) divider line
    More: Stupid, Pink Panthers, Peter Sellers, MGM, Steve Martin, animations, feature films, Blake Edwards, Alan Arkin  
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620 clicks; posted to Entertainment » on 31 Mar 2014 at 8:16 PM (2 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-03-31 09:17:06 PM  
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Dwight_Yeast: Remind me again: how in the fark did the ant figure into things?
The Ant and the Aardvark were a series of shorts done by DePatie-Freling, the same folks who did the Pink Panther animation... when they put the animated Pink Panther and the Inspector on Saturday morning cartoons, the Ant and the Aardvark (both voiced by John Byner) were put in the rotation. There were only 17 or 18 to start with; I think they did a few more for the Saturday cartoon.
2014-03-31 06:52:47 PM  
2 votes:

It was a diamond
2014-04-01 02:41:57 AM  
1 vote:
Shooting cocaine in his wang and banging Elki Summers is how I like to remember Peter Sellers.

/said in Dean Martin ant voice
2014-04-01 01:12:31 AM  
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omeganuepsilon: Maybe it was they was he sort of took creative control over the character that left me with that impression(the movie was supposed to have him as a biatcharacter and he sort of turned it around), or the great(fascinating if nothing else) movie where Sellers was played by Geoffry Rush, taking liberties with actual events that's influencing what I remember. Can't be bothered to go back and watch everything and learn the behind the scenes stuff again, however. You're probably right as a quick google doesn't reveal anything.

The book the Geoffrey Rush movie was based on, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers is both excellent and depressing.

Basically, if a director didn't direct Sellers, Sellers took over the character and sometimes the film.  Blake Edwards knew how to work with Sellers.  As did Stanley Kubrick, who actually wanted Sellers to play Maj "King" Kong as well as the other roles he was already doing; Sellers apparently either got cold feet or couldn't do a Texas accent, as he "broke his leg" and couldn't get into the bomber set.

Even Hal Ashby, who had a reputation as being completely laid-back as a director was able not only to work with Sellers but to get what may have been his best performance: Chance, the Gardner in Being There.  The only negative thing I've heard about that film was that Sellers was an ass to Shirley McLaine, but many male actors have underestimated her talents and written her off as a loon.
2014-03-31 10:16:20 PM  
1 vote:
FTA: "We are incredibly proud to re-introduce the Pink Panther to a brand new generation in such a fresh way."

2014-03-31 09:56:40 PM  
1 vote:
Steve Martin was horrible in that movie.  A caricature of a caricature of a french detective is unwatchable. Peter Sellers could sell a character like that and appear to be earnest.  It was a gift.
2014-03-31 08:51:29 PM  
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