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September 21st, 2009

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08:59 pm - Give me your imagination just for a minute
As promised, some Orson Welles stuff:

Here's the drunken outtakes from a champagne commercial. Orson mentions that the champagne is fermented in the bottle, but it's pretty clear he is too. Many of you will know this as the "MWAHAAAAAAAAAAA, THE FRENCH" clip and you'd be right. This is actually the cleanest copy of the footage I've seen yet.

And here is an audio recording of a radio commerical for Sugar-Free 7-Up. It's not a drunken outtake or anything, it's a real ad that got real airplay. And it's got some of the most incredible purple prose ever written about a goddamn diet soft drink. However, he sells it. My god does he ever sell it! For some insane reason he could pull it off, as ludicrous as it was. That was his skill there.

We all know the frozen peas outtakes where Orson is acting as grammar diva and all-around diva ("Come on, fellas, you're losing your heads! I wouldn't direct any living actor like this in Shakespeare!") and here we have Orson even further lost than that in his fermenting bottle, but still, when he did a read for real (or when they could finally cobble together a working take in post) he was on. He was a darn good pitchman.

I couldn't find Maurice LaMarche teaching you how to talk like Orson Welles (he does teach you how to talk like William Shatner) but I did find a clip of him and Rob Paulsen sitting around a Starbucks talking like Pinky and the Brain. The mic picks up a lotta wind so don't listen to it too loudly, but the stuff you can hear is pretty funny.

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Date:September 22nd, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
The scary thing is that he does that whole Shatner bit while driving.
Date:September 23rd, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
Orson sounds amazingly like Paul Frees in that 7-Up ad.
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Date:September 23rd, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
Has anyone besides LaMarche played Orson Welles in any major release in the last, like, twenty years? (Watched Ed Woodfor the first time. Hey look everyone, Kif Kroker is chatting up Bela Lugosi!) Really seems like he's cornered that market.
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Date:September 24th, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC)
I have long been bemused by LaMarche's talent for, and many casting directors' inordinate fondness of, Orson Welles impressions. What percentage of the alleged "target audience" for Animaniacs or Pinky and the Brain (i.e. kids under 12) knew that Brain's voice was a homage to Welles? (And for those who didn't, how did the "Yes, Always" episode or the one where Brain played the Shadow-like character make any sense at all?)

Well, for that matter, how many kids realized that Ren and Stimpy's voices were versions of Peter Lorre and Larry Fine? But I digress.

Regardless, I enjoy noticing Maurice's versions of Welles, including the weaselly henchman from Full Throttle. The dude has seriously made more money just imitating one semi-famous director-slash-wunderkind than you would imagine was possible.

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