I was lucky enough to see The Life of Reilly when it played here during an extremely short run at Facets Multimedia.
I saw the movie with Mike from Logopolis and his boyfriend, Andy. And I wanted a copy of the dvd the second the film started.
And I've been waiting. And waiting. And yesterday, I finally got it. Along with the t-shirt.
Apparently, the release of the film is being held up because of some legal problems, but the filmmakers have stacks of these screener dvds of the movie and are graciously including them with t-shirt sales until all the dvds are gone.
It's just the movie, no extras or anything like that. But with a show this wonderful, extras aren't needed.
Charles died on May 25th, 2007, but as the film shows, he led an extraordinary life. And not just because he was a Match Game star, either.
He was a Broadway star and a Broadway director, an acting teacher, a friend and a loving soul.
And he was a student. Check out this little piece from The Life of Reilly where Charles discusses his first acting class, taught by Uta Hagen...
And since today is Shakespeare's birthday - - and since Chicago's Mayor Daley proclaimed today to be "Talk Like Shakespeare Day" (Dear sweet Jesus... wtf?...) - - here's Charles doing a bit of Hamlet.
Just before this clip, Charles talks about being on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (he appeared on Johnny's show over 100 times) and one of the other guests was a woman discussing Shakespeare. Charles chimed in, saying that he loved Shakespeare as well, and the woman replied, "What would someone like YOU know about Shakespeare?!?" Charles stood up and did this...
That is just one of the reasons why we lovingly remember Charles Nelson Reilly.
That bitchy, Shakespeare woman who tried to belittle Charles on national television... Now, who was she?... What was her name?...