Friday, January 26, 2007
To Sir, With Love
Oprah selects Sidney Poitier's autobiography as her latest book club selection. It took her a year to recover from the james frey absurdity. (Oprah had already selected Elie Wiesel's "Night" to follow that, but nothing since then.) Surely she felt safe with Poitier. He's certainly accomplished more than I ever will, but unfortunately Poitier knows it. He's got a massive ego. I remember being in a grooup interview for his awful comeback film "Shoot To Kill." Poitier went on and on about how terrible it was that violence dominated movies and gunplay was so prevalent. I pointed out he was playing an FBI agent who carried a gun and used it, which made these comments rather odd since this was his first movie in 11 years and he was basically criticizing himself. He blithley continued intoning in that beautiful voice on the state of the world and how he would fix it.