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10 April 2010 @ 04:36 pm
Such a HUNK!  
Forbidden Planet Such a stunningly good-looking hot Commander, saving his ship (and the people he found) from the evil monster.

I saw this movie for the first time at 4am in Los Angeles when I woke up in our motel after flying in from Australia. My dad and I sat and watched it (also amazed that the television was in colour!) and while that trip to England in 1973 had many memorable moments, that one was special. I was nearly 9. And even I knew this actor was gorgeous.

But the movie was old even then. And this actor has aged. So what has he done since?

Please cast your eyes over this feast of Leslie Nielsen

Born in Canada in 1926, Leslie Nielsen moved around a lot as a kid as his father was a Mountie. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force but the war ended before he was old enough to be sent overseas. He got bitten by the acting bug very early on, and had a scholarship to New York where he worked in summer rep until he got a number of roles in early television series. Forbidden Planet was one of his very first movies, where he played Commander Adams, and Walter Pigeon played Dr Morbius. It was made in 1956, and one of many adaptations of Shakespeare that were brought into the modern age. (It's based on The Tempest). I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good story. It also has Robbie the Robot in his first role too!

Beau Geste Leslie didn't have a huge number of good roles over the next few years. In Beau Geste (1966) he was the Lieutenant wounded on the way to the fort. This particular version wasn't very good, being drastically different from the novel.

Posiedon Adventure

In the 1972 movie of The Posiedon Adventure he played the Captain who didn't want the ship to sail, especially not without ballast. Little was Leslie to know that this would be the forerunner of his Disaster Movie roles!

Flying High
And then, in 1980, he was asked to play a doctor in a film made from an Arthur Hailey book. Disaster movies has been big in the 1970s - Airport, Earthquake, Towering Inferno, Airport 1973, Airport 1977... seeing a pattern here? Someone did, and the trio of David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker also saw that the genre was getting tired and boring ... so they created Airplane!, also known as Flying High! Nielsen played Dr. Alan Rumack, ("And stop calling me Shirley") and suddenly his career had a direction.

1982 Leslie
Leslie Nielsen in 1982, as life started to get busier. He had small parts in a couple of movies around now, such as "Prom Night" (which I snuck into the pictures to see as it was R rated and I wasn't quite 18).

Naked Gun

The Naked Gun,
I think the Wikipedia article says this best:

Six years after the cancellation of Police Squad!, its directors decided to make a feature length version for theaters. Titled The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, the film returned Nielsen to his role as Frank Drebin. The film involved a comical scheme of a hypnotized baseball player's attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II. Drebin, like the doctor in Airplane!, seemed unaware of the absurdity even when unintentionally contributing toward it. Nielsen later said in an interview that he had done many of his own stunts, saying "You have an idea of how you're going to do something, and it's your vision... unless you do it, it really doesn't stand a chance." This movie grossed over $78 million at the box office and was well-received by critics. Ebert's 3½–star review (out of four) noted, "You laugh, and then you laugh at yourself for laughing."

Leslie Nielsen- 2009

He has continued to play in parody-style movies, with roles in some of the "Scary Movies" and others such as "Dracula: Dead and Loving It" and "Stan Helsing". At 84, Leslie is still going, and in an interview in 2007 he said:
"I'm afraid if I don't keep moving, they're going to catch me ... I am 81 years old and I want to see what's around the corner, and I don't see any reason in the world not to keep working. But I am starting to value my down time a great deal because I am realizing there might be other things to do that I am overlooking."

But he'll always be that hot Commander in Forbidden Planet to me.
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Goosey Looseylisamaria on April 10th, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC)
you missed my favorite- he's an awesome villain in "Creepshow."
squid_inksquid_ink on April 10th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
yea he was a hottie back in the day, and even in later years

but I think funny is sexy so what do I know
Christopher Robin's sister: rock onjeniferrobin on April 10th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
Hey! It's Enrico Palazzo!
Rosy Red and Electric Bluemary_shelley77 on April 10th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
Crystalcrysmc on April 10th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
He looks like Luke Wilson in that top picture before the cut!
Isobel de Bohunbelle_vivre on April 10th, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
Find the original Tammmy movie- I think its Tammy and the Bachelor... he's the eponymous Bachelor... and very young and good looking!
theryntheryn on April 10th, 2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
I never realized that was him. He was really hot.
Heatherheatherface on April 10th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
That's become my favorite of his, it's such a sweet movie!
Katkatinthahat on April 13th, 2010 02:27 am (UTC)
Haha thats my mom's favourite movie. I gushed when she showed me it was him!
lolavoxlolavox on April 12th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
Wow, I'd never seen what he looked like when he was young. I wouldn't have guessed it was him without the prompting, but I can see it now. I also didn't realise he was in his 80s now - he's aged well.
Colleenmithostiel on April 13th, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
Wow. He's hilarious, but I had no idea how attractive he used to be! I love him, but now I understand why my grandmother is a little bit IN love with him.
mrmidwestmrmidwest on April 20th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
LadyKaos: kiroladykaos27 on June 20th, 2010 03:35 am (UTC)
Wow! I never would have guessed!