DESERT ISLAND POLICE ACADEMY: NICK NOLTE
HOLLYWOOD – Introducing a new feature in which the Studio Exec asks top Hollywood celebrities what Police Academy film they would take with them if they were stranded on a desert island.
This week’s guest is 48 Hours and Prince of Tides actor, Nick Nolte.
So Nick, which Police Academy film would you take with you onto a desert island?
Well, Exec, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about just this. Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment is for me the top of the whole Academy series.
What makes you say that?
I think with any comedy series, the first film is fresh and vibrant but at the same time there’s a mad clumsiness to the doings. It’s only with the second film that things truly settle and begin to make sense. You can see this happen with Godfather Part Two and the Ghostbusters films. For their second outing, the stars Steve Guttenberg, David Graff and Marion Ramsey have really found their rhythm. They know and fully inhabit their characters. The jokes are more mature and the move out of the academy gives the film wider social relevance.
What else do you like about the film?
Well, if there is one overwhelming argument for my Police Academy desert island choice it has to be the presence of the legendary Bobcat Goldthwaite, who appears for the first time as Zed, the leader of the street gang the Scullions. He lights up the screen, a truly original comic performer. He gives the other academy stalwarts a run for their money and provides the audience with an unforgettable comedy villain.
Police Academy Desert Island will continue next week.