Damn Austerity! Open ThreadPosted: April 29, 2013
I am very sick, let me re-phrase that…very damn sick. (Mark Twain squared.)
I’ve only got the energy for a couple of things for you tonight.
With the help of Conan O’Brien, country singer Willie Nelson is auditioning for the role of Gandalf in “Hobbit 2.”
On his unsolicited audition tape, he says, “You can hire me and fire that Ian McKellan guy. He’s a good actor, but hell, I’m Willie Nelson. Oh yeah — and now that I think about it, I’d make a great Magneto.”
Willie celebrates his birthday by the way, the big 80…Video: Watch: Willie Nelson’s ‘Smokin” Audition for ‘The Hobbit’
Any audition that starts with a giddy, “Hey! Look at that dragon!” can only signal good things to come, and Nelson lived up to that early promise, showcasing his acting chops by nailing lines like, “You shall not pass an unlit joint – that’s just not cool” and “That giant flaming eye is freaking me the fuck out!” Nelson and Michah Nelson (reading for Bilbo Baggins) also performed a bit of The Hobbit 2‘s inevitable musical number, “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Orcs.”
Video at the link. (I’ve tried to embed the video…so if it doesn’t work go to the link.)
Democracy Now has an hour interview with Willie from 2008 here, check it out…
Country music legend Willie Nelson turns 80 years old today. Last night he performed a benefit birthday concert in Austin to raise money for the fire department of West, Texas — the town devastated by a fertilizer plant explosion that killed 14 people earlier this month. Nelson was born just a few miles away in Abbott, Texas, in 1933. In addition to being one of the most celebrated country musicians, Nelson has been politically active for decades. He co-founded Farm Aid, the annual benefit and awareness-raising concert for small farmers. Nelson has partnered in a biodiesel plant that fuels trucks with vegetable oil. And he serves on the advisory board member for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. We broadcast an excerpt of our hour-long interview with Nelson when he joined us in our studio in 2008.
I love Willie Nelson…
This is an open thread, I’m getting my ass back to bed.