“Being There” was first released years ago.
Peter Sellers portrayed an illiterate gardener who had been walled in all his adult life.
His only window to the world was through the TV screen. Hence his speech and demeanor replicated sound bites and screen gestures (awaiting for a “cut” to commercials).
Shirley McClain played a society lady who picked him up and “My Fair Lady-ed” him.
His gardening analogies propelled him into being a Washington insider (political pundit).
I thought of this movie when I read about a homeless man turned business man yesterday. Ted Williams from Cleveland streets with a voice-over talent got discovered and given a hair cut for a second chance in life.
I wonder how long that baritone voice last without a script.
We are living in a complex and over crowding world. The audience is fragmented, and their ability to cross check is up…
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