Ah, Leslie, it’s sad to see you go from our world at the tender age of 84. Whether it was being a part of the funniest TV show in history ( Police Squad!) or being a part of the movie that proved Mel Brooks was no longer funny (Dracula: Dead and Loving it!), you were in there entertaining us, and so you get a send off from my blog.
Here now, the TOP SEVEN REASONS YOU SHOULD HAVE LOVED LESLIE NIELSEN.
#7 He was Canadian, God damn it.
Or should I politely say “Gosh Darn it.” ? Leslie was so damn Canadian his father was an actual Mountie and his brother was the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada in the mid-Eighties. Seriously, look it up.
#6 He was obsessed with his digital farting machine.
Brought it with him on talk shows, and used it as a prop wherever anyone might be annoyed by it. It was classy from moment one, and it stayed classy every time he let go with one. Here’s an easily found clip of Leslie “farting” on a British talk show.
#5 Leslie was an essential part of the great Canadian Conspiracy.
Back in 1985, CBC filmmaker Robert Boyd uncovered an astounding plot to overthrow the USA, secretly run by Lorne Greene, Lorne Michaels, and Leslie Nielsen. It involved infiltrating American show biz with the likes of Bill Shatner, Anne Murray, John Candy, and others..all of whom had to report back to this trio of evil Canadian masterminds. According to Lorne Greene, there was a reason ex-pat Canadians needed a “Green Card” to work in the States. One of the funniest documentaries ever made.
#4 He got paid to mess around with Priscilla Presley in the naked gun movies.
When the King of Rock and Roll dies, and you end up with his woman? You get to strut and crow, my friend. You get to strut and crow.
#3 Dr. Rumack from Airplane!, got half of the best lines in the film.
“Come with me, there’s something wrong in the cockpit.”
“The cockpit? What is it?”
“It’s the little room up front where they fly the plane. But that’s not important right now…”
#2 Leslie Nielsen was Captain Kirk before Gene Roddenberry thought of it.
In FORBIDDEN PLANET, Leslie played Commander J.J. Adams, who went to a distant world, made time with a swell gal, fought a mysterious scientist and a mysterious monster, and hung out with a cool robot. It’s proto-Kirk complete with the hand phaser. And Nielsen did it all with his own hair. Just a couple of years ahead of his time….sigh…
#1- leslie nielsen was the first person to publicly stick his ass into O.J.’s face.
I have no idea how often this is currently done to O.J. in prison, I haven’t seen the statistical weekly averages for this kind of behavior behind bars, or O.J.’s “free time” schedule, but the above Nielsen moment happened years before the idea of “assing” the once-beloved NFL star was popular.
Once again, Leslie was ahead of his time.
So for a lifetime of good memories, and for having an ass that was CLEARLY clairvoyant, Leslie Nielson, I SALUTE YOU.
With Love, from Ty the Guy.
Here now, your Leslie Nielsen comic book moment of zen: