Monday, May 10, 2004
They'll never see it not coming.
It's moments like these that make me wish I were a film-writer. I just thought of a great piece of a scene for a cheesy comedy. Leslie Nielson plays a man named "Shirley". (If a man can be named "Leslie," then a man can be named "Shirley.") He presents a bold idea, and someone says to him, "Surely you're not serious!" Leslie Nielson appraises him with his perfect deadpan, then says "I am serious." And then there's about three beats of tension where the camera continues on him and the audience expects him to finish the line from Airplane. But he doesn't, see, because his name is "Shirley." He just stands there for three beats, then the scene continues. Seriously. This would be really, really funny.