Wednesday, 23 December 2009

My idea advent calendar, day 23

23rd December: Film stars

It's sad but it is true: sometimes the star of your film will die whilst it is still in production. Perhaps the most famous recent example was Oliver Reed passing away during the filming of Gladiator. If this ever happens, I think that it is disrespectful to the memory of the actor to just complete their scenes with lookalikes, script changes and clever camera angles. Instead, just hire a monkey. Everyone coming to see your film will already be aware that your star had shuffled off this mortal coil, so just whack a monkey in. When you see a monkey, it will give you pause to reflect upon the deceased actor's career and particular skills, and how they were much better in their final role than a monkey might have been.

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