I watched the HBO biopic The Life and Death of Peter Sellers this weekend and was disappointed. Partly by the gimmicky, fourth-wall-breaking film-making, partly by finding out he was such a jerk in his personal life. Then again, it's evidently quite difficult to be a genius in one's career and at home. And many funny men are fueled by anger. All that said, Geoffrey Rush's performance was top-notch.
The upside of seeing part of his life story was that it reminded me how amazing Sellers was in Dr. Strangelove and the Pink Panther movies, making me want to revisit those films. Now I'm also curious about Being There, the film that earned him an Oscar nomination. Hello, Netflix queue.
Even though he treated his first wife so shabbily (one of the most distressing, yet somehow funny parts of the film was his failed seduction of Sophia Loren and the resulting family fallout), when he passed away the original Mrs. Sellers' photo was the only one in his wallet. So there was a soft soft in Peter's cellar. Badumbump.
Clouseau: Does your dog bite?
Hotel Clerk: No.
Clouseau: [bowing down to pet the dog] Nice doggie.
[Dog barks and bites Clouseau in the hand]
Clouseau: I thought you said your dog did not bite!
Hotel Clerk: That is not my dog.