It was a bummer to hear that comedy genius Buck Henry passed away recently, but...he was 89, and had a great run.
As a kid, I remember always laughing when he’d appear on Saturday Night Live. My favorite skit was when he was a customer and John Belushi was the Samuri Deli. Perhaps they’re recreating that skit now in heaven.
At a memorabilia shop years ago, I bought a framed movie poster of “Heaven Can Wait” one of my all-time favorite movies. It was signed and inscribed by Buck Henry, one of the co-writers and co-stars of the film. I’ve since had it signed by Dyan Cannon when she was at a book signing. One of my bigger regrets was not having Warren Beatty sign it. I knew he was going to be at a film festival, but I couldn’t justify carrying this huge poster around with me (and security sometimes notices things like that). I had to make due with having Beatty merely sign the back of my business card.
I thought about movie items I end up wanting to get signed by the entire cast. I wrote the story about having “Green Book” signed by the entire cast, and it was my favorite movie of last year.
My all-time favorite movie is “The World According to Garp.” When I interviewed Robin Williams, I had him sign it. He was depressed the whole time I interviewed him, which was surprising (not as surprising after he killed himself).
I had Amanda Plummer sign it after a play she was doing in San Diego (she has a rather small part in the movie).
John Lithgow I got to sign it after he did the hysterical play “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” He was really sweet and said, “Oh look, you got all these others to sign it, too.”
For years, I had waited for Glenn Close to be the signature to slap on the VHS box. It was her first movie, and she was nominated for an Oscar (as was Lithgow). It’s funny that she played Williams mother, and in real life, she was only 3 years older than him.
I was at a fancy party in La Jolla four years ago, and met a woman whose sister was Close’s personal assistant. I asked if she could sign the video for me and she assured she could. Yet I chickened out and didn’t send it, fearing I might never get it back. You never send items in the mail that you’re going to regret losing if they don’t come back. And something signed by most of the cast -- fits that bill.
Luckily, when Close was getting a lot of awards for “The Wife” (an amazing film), I got her to sign it. It is now complete! It’s just a shame that it’s my all-time favorite movie and...the signatures are on an ugly VHS video box of the film. Not some 8x10, or movie poster that would look cool framed.
Now...I’ll be back to focusing on “Heaven Can Wait.”