Thursday, 30 September 2010

Tony Curtis: 1925-2010

Thanks for Spartacus and Some Like It Hot and for camping it up in The Persuaders and for being ever so entertaining.
The deleted "Oysters and snails" scene from Spartacus can be viewed here.
Farewell sir.


  1. Spartacus, Some Like It Hot, and Sweet Smell of Success are three of my favourite films ever.
    Great films/performances.

    He talked about Spartacus and Some Like It Hot in The Celluloid Closet:


  2. However, he wasn't so keen on Brokeback Mountain:

    Movie legend TONY CURTIS is stunned to learn BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN has received eight Oscar nominations, insisting there is nothing "unique" about the gay cowboy romance.

    ANG LEE's tragic epic has received nods for Best Director, Best Picture, Best Actor for HEATH LEDGER, Best Supporting Actor for JAKE GYLLENHAAL and Best Supporting Actress for MICHELLE WILLIAMS, much to the chagrin of Curtis.

    The SOME LIKE IT HOT star, 80, tells FOX NEWS reporter BILL McCUDDY, "This picture is not as important as we make it.

    "It's nothing unique. The only thing unique about it is they put it on the screen. And they make 'em (male gay lovers) cowboys.

    "HOWARD HUGHES and JOHN WAYNE wouldn't like it."

    When asked to name his favourite film of the year, Curtis replied, "HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE."

    Tony Curtis berates Brokeback Mountain.

    along with Ernest Borgnine.

    To be honest, I think the John Wayne/Howard Hughes comment indicates he was probably taking the piss.

  3. There's an interview where he talks about gay stuff here...

    He says The Defiant Ones had a gay subtext.

    And I forgot he also inspired Elvis's hair!