THE INTERVIEWS: Don Ameche
In the first of a new series, The Studio Exec sat down with legendary actor, Don Ameche, to discuss his favourite roles and address recent rumours about a new Cocoon movie.
Clive of India (1935)
Director: Richard Boleslawski
Ah, Clive of India. My first foray onto the silver screen. I played an uncredited role as ‘Prisoner in the Black Hole’ and my passion for the craft of acting was so intense in my youth that I made the decision to spend some time in a Calcutta prison to really get into character. Unfortunately in order to get into a prison I had to commit a crime and subsequently I was imprisoned for serial murder for 50 years. But every cloud has a silver lining and I managed to only serve 47 years with time off for good behaviour.
Trading Places (1983)
Director: John Landis
Upon my release I bumped into the director John Landis at Marlon Brando’s Annual Summer Barbecue and he offered me a role in his upcoming comedy ‘Trading Places’. After reading the script, I moved to the Philadelphia projects for 6 months and pretended to be a young, African American con artist. Unfortunately I was arrested for fraud and deception which delayed filming so Landis was forced to replace me with Eddie Murphy and upon my release I was given the smaller role of one of the devious Duke brothers.
Director: Ron Howard
To be honest, I barely remember making the movie. Jessica Tandy and I were hanging out with Motley Crew and doing a lot of blow so things are a little hazy. My only strong recollection was Wilfred Brimley and I negotiating a deal to smuggle half a ton of heroin from Afghanistan but unfortunately we were caught by the FBI. In retrospect my sentence could have been a lot more severe but due to my age, they gave me 100 years suspended and 20 hours of community service.
Harry and the Hendersons (1987)
Director: William Dear
I used to play cribbage with the actor, John Lithgow, and during our weekly game he informed me of a part in his new movie he thought I would be ideal for. Unfortunately I was rather tipsy at the time and I’d assumed he was offering me the role of Bigfoot so I spent a few months roaming around in an Appalachian forest growing my hair and surviving on Elk meat and berries. It was only when I was arrested for the rather dubious crime of ‘Impersonating a Mythical Creature’ that Lithgow informed me I was not, in fact, playing a Sasquatch but an elderly Doctor character.
Cocoon 3 (2066)
Director: Lars von Trier
I’m really looking forward to getting the old gang back together. I’ve read Lars’ script and it’s a true work of art. I’m only sorry we can’t start filming until I’ve finished my sentence at San Quentin for High Treason.