Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Sydney Pollack, 1934-2008. R.I.P.

Director, producer and sometime actor Sydney Pollack died yesterday in Los Angeles of cancer. He was 73. Pollack directed six films with Robert Redford and won an Academy Award for Best Director for Out of Africa which went on to win Best Picture at the 1986 Oscars. More recently he appeared in the George Clooney film Michael Clayton, which he co-produced. In his last film, he played opposite Patrick Dempsey in Made of Honor. But the film for which I remember him best is Tootsie starring Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Terri Garr and Bill Murray. Pollack plays Hoffman's agent and has some of the best scenes in a very, very funny film. I particularly love the scene where Hoffman and Pollack are arguing over playing a tomato in a commercial. Here's the link from YouTube. Enjoy! www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnHqiipcw6g.

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