Archive for July, 2009

The Deep Blue Gooby to be filmed?

July 12, 2009

here’s the link: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/arts/la-ca-travis12-2009jul12,0,67

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McGee actor

July 12, 2009

over the years I have wondered who could have played Travis in a movie. The only one I could think of was Sterling Hayden–not the later Hayden of Dr. Strangelove, but the younger Hayden of the 1940’s. I don’t know how much you know of him, but he joined the OSS in ‘”WW2 under the name of Hamilton and parachuted behind the line into Yugoslav territory where he helped the resistance. In his book, Wanderer, published in 1963, he says this:

Sterling Hayden

From his autobiography, Wanderer, published in 1963.

* To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise, you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea… cruising, it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about. “I’ve always wanted to sail to the south seas, but I can’t afford it.” What these men can’t afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of security. And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine – and before we know it our lives are gone. What does a man need – really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in – and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That’s all – in the material sense, and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade. The years thunder by, the dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed. Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?

Hayden could have been a sort of archetype for Travis McGee, and at 6’5″ , with his sea-faring background, would have lent an air of legitimacy few–if any-actors could.

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