In passing, he mentioned that, at one point, he had been considered for the part of James Bond. But producer Cubby Broccoli thought his ears were too big and chose Roger Moore instead.
I took this as a joke, but one never can tell.
I seem to remember that movie producers the Salkinds seriously considered the younger Salkind’s wife’s dentist for the role of Superman and screen-tested him at least twice.
Yesterday evening, I went to see the Comedy International Showcase at the Pleasance in Islington. Full of interesting acts and not just on stage.
In the audience, I bumped into The Short Man With Long Socks, who had come specifically to see the always excellent Men in Coats. I half expected to find a whole row of clothes-related acts.
I have never seen The Short Man With Long Socks perform – few people in the UK have. I have only heard of his act by repute from the late Malcolm Hardee and Martin Soan (both non-clothes-related acts) who talked about him in an October 2013 blog.
“Are you doing any London shows at some point?” I asked The Short Man With Long Socks.
“Well,” he said. “I… Well…”
“Could you send me a picture of you performing?” I asked.
“Well,” he said. “Well…”
“Here’s my e-mail,” I said.
“Well…” he said.
I thought: Well, I’ll never hear from him again… and don’t try talking to mime acts.
But, this morning, I got an e-mail picture of a sock.
Well, it’s a start.