Remember how in one of those Naked Gun movies, he was trying to wake up a hall full of people who were listening to a speech, because there was a bomb going to go off, so he put on his reading glasses and started reading a romance novel: "he thrust his purple-headed warrior into her quivering mound of love pudding" and everybody woke up?
lol, yeah I remember that. That guy was a comic genius. Remember in Naked Gun 2 1/2 when he's trying to disarm this massive bomb? And when there is like 4 seconds left on the detonator, he gives up and yells "let's get out of here!" and starts to run away and then trips on the power cord which unplugs the bomb safely? Man, that guy had the best timing.
I'll never get sick of all the times some bad guy throws a pillow (or something equally soft and wonderful) at his face to hold him off and Leslie treats it like someone threw a bunch of scorpions at his face. He starts grasping the pillow about his head frantically to get it off, lol.
what a genius. Naked Gun was probably my favourite movie as a kid. I laughed at it every time.
His whole second career was due to taking a role in Airplane along with a couple of other seriously heavy dramatic actors. Lloyd Bridges picked up a couple of comedic roles afterwards as well in the Hot Shots movies.
He was the dashing leading man in Forbidden Planet which in my opinion was about the best Golden Age Sci-Fi film ever made.
Would it kill you to put the complete game in the first box?
That's what made him so great in AIRPLANE!. He was known for his stern, serious roles: FORBIDDEN PLANET, THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE. Much like Peter Graves for MISSION IMPOSSIBLE. Made them perfect for the lunacy of AIRPLANE!.
Hey, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar better watch out in case this stuff comes in threes.
Though probably not well known by most people today, Forbidden Planet is really a template for much science fiction in the later twentieth century, not the least because so many aspects of it are so evident in Star Trek. Nielsen does a very credible job in it.
I think it's odd/sloppy that the AP obit I read early today credited Nielsen as the dramatic lead in The Poseidon Adventure when (spoiler!) he doesn't outlast the first act.
As I remember him saying once in an interview, Nielsen believed his comedic gift was to say unfunny things in funny ways after having spent a career mostly saying unfunny things in unfunny ways.
Daily Show,s moment of zen was an awesome clip of Leslie Neilsen on Police Squad when they suspect the a prostitute was involved and Frank Drebin is wondering outloud what the motivation could have been for the guy to be in the red light district and..
Ed: Sex, Frank?
and there is this awesomely huge pause and Leslie Neilsen brilliant acts all serious and eventually just says, "uh...not right now, Ed, we're at work"