The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day shows some respect to horror icon Peter Cushing!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
As I mentioned yesterday, today’s picture isn’t specifically a BTS shot, but I’m in charge here, dammit, and I say it’s okay because it’s Peter Cushing being awesome, so I don’t care what you think, dad!.
So, yeah. You all know Peter Cushing, even you young whippersnappers, because he was in Star Wars. His Hammer Horror work is legendary, though, and if you haven’t delved into any of that stuff, may I humbly recommend The Mummy, Horror of Dracula, The Flesh and the Fiends, The Skull, The Gorgon, The Beast Must Die (Amicus, not Hammer, but a great retelling of Ten Little Indians, but with a werewolf instead of a boring old murderer) and The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires (a Shaw Brothers and Hammer co-production… Kung Fu vampies!).
So, enjoy this lovely picture of the great Peter Cushing. Click to enlargen!
If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tomorrow’s pic has to warn people.
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Oct. 24, 2012, 7:50 a.m. CST
Could it be?
Oct. 24, 2012, 7:51 a.m. CST
Oct. 24, 2012, 7:52 a.m. CST
Oct. 24, 2012, 7:57 a.m. CST
How do you contributors allow yourselves to post articles without an editor? When you put an exclamation mark at the end of a sentence, you don't also put a period. When you put a punctuation inside a parentheses, you don't also add a punctuation outside the parentheses. This is only the beginning of the atrocities posted on this site. I enjoy the fan based postings, but you guys really need to get some remedial schooling.
Oct. 24, 2012, 8:09 a.m. CST
He's just not in the league of Price, Lee, Karloff and Lugosi.
Oct. 24, 2012, 8:13 a.m. CST
An excellent photo! Peter Cushing came from an era where horror films still had class, not like this sick torture-porn garbage of today.
by Mark Williams
Oct. 24, 2012, 8:14 a.m. CST
Oct. 24, 2012, 8:20 a.m. CST
The only one not in the class of those you listed is Lugosi. He was a ham and had nowhere near the acting chops of Peter Cushing.
Oct. 24, 2012, 8:21 a.m. CST
by peter skellen
No matter how daft the film was he brought class and gravitas to the part. He could be sympathetic (watch his segment from Tales from the Crypt and try not to blub) and also a villain. A great man and up there with ALL of the horror icons. I can watch anything with Cushing in. Even Biggles: Adventures in Time and that's saying something.
Oct. 24, 2012, 8:27 a.m. CST
I don't think Lugosi was a ham. He was a stage actor who never quite grasped (nor was never told) that film acting is completely different. Watch some of his films and imagine it as a play instead, you'll see the talent. Conceding of course that due to his personal life he made a lot of lower grade films to earn some cash.
Oct. 24, 2012, 8:27 a.m. CST
A very well done Sherlock Holmes, in the 1959 Hammer version of "Hound of the Baskervilles" (Christopher Lee was also in it), and, later in a British TV series.
Oct. 24, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST
Oct. 24, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST
Oct. 24, 2012, 8:33 a.m. CST
Do you want to be a hero? Cushing was a legendary gentleman.
Oct. 24, 2012, 8:38 a.m. CST
Oct. 24, 2012, 8:42 a.m. CST
I didn't even want to, I clicked the link for the Brendan Frasier shit, but I was hoodwinked I tells ya... Ended up enjoying it and to my pleasant surprise fucking Tarkin shows up and he's brilliant in it... now there's a retrospective piece on Aicn about his work. Wow, how coincidental...
Oct. 24, 2012, 8:44 a.m. CST
Starring both Cushing and Roy Castle before they appeared in Dr Who and the Daleks. Or around the same time.
Oct. 24, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST
Cushing was THE greatest Van Helsing AND a fantastic Dr. Frankenstein.
Oct. 24, 2012, 8:49 a.m. CST
One of my all time fave actors, always 100% commitment to the role. Also loved his vocal delivery... *You would prefer another target? A mil-i-tary target? Then name the system!* Tarkin was so cool - before we ever met the Emperor, Peter Cushing *was* the Empire. Vader was a big baddie figure but was basically an abnormality within the Imperial hierachy. It was Tarkin and his awesome sunken cheekbones who was clearly in charge of the Imperial strategy and masterplan.
Oct. 24, 2012, 8:50 a.m. CST
Hi I'm Peter Cushing. And I'm Christopher Lee. We're a couple o creepy looking British guys and we think we have what it takes to remake every universal horror movie. So
whatdya say fellas? Deal! Just make the things 3 reels long and you can film whatever crap ya want.
Oct. 24, 2012, 8:59 a.m. CST
by L. Ron Bumquist
I borrowed both volumes of his memoirs from my public library. The librarian had to get them from the basement as no one had taken them out for 15 or so years. He was so professional with any given role and grateful for every job he got. So kind and humble. Although he's no David Niven as a raconteur, reading his thoughts about his life and career actually made me want to be a better person. Equally effective as hero or villain, he can smack talk Vader, take down Dracula and blow up an entire planet with conviction and look cool as fuck doing it.
Oct. 24, 2012, 9:32 a.m. CST
Couldn't you have found a BTSP of him in any of those iconic roles you mentioned. It's not like photography didn't exitst before film or anything. Only reason for even trolling is because these articles is the BTSPotD and not just let's post my favorite actors of all times article. If I wanted to see nice portraits of actors I'd just use google. This just seems lazy to me.
Oct. 24, 2012, 9:39 a.m. CST
go home and watch both, Dr. Who and the Daleks, and, Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.
Oct. 24, 2012, 10:21 a.m. CST
Look at the 5 articles above this one. None of them are movie news and they flush other more relevant articles down the front page
Every time Ambush Bug posts articles it's like he's taking a giant shit on this website.
Oct. 24, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST
Oct. 24, 2012, 11 a.m. CST
The legends are extinct, their fire has gone out of the universe. You, Christopher Lee, are all that's left of their religion.
by Bill C.
Oct. 24, 2012, 11:12 a.m. CST
I have seen him on his bicycle. I have seen buying vegetables. Peter Cushing lives in Whitstable.
Oct. 24, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST
by Monnie Knapp
The Gorgon, while not the greatest of the Hammer films, is elevated beyond its silly plot by Cushing and Lee is the lead roles. Also, Cushing's Dr. Frankenstein is my personal favorite interpretation of the role.
Oct. 24, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST
Oct. 24, 2012, 11:21 a.m. CST
This had better work!
Oct. 24, 2012, 11:24 a.m. CST
The effects of Helen's death proved physical as well. For his role in Dracula AD 1972, Cushing had been intended to play the father of Stephanie Beacham's character, but had visibly aged so much and lost so much weight that the script was hastily rewritten to make him her grandfather. In a quiet tribute to Helen, a shot of Van Helsing's desk shows a photo of her
Oct. 24, 2012, 11:27 a.m. CST
Just a guess of course on my part and the words taken from Wikipedia. This site decided to cut off half my post for some reason.
Oct. 24, 2012, 11:30 a.m. CST
Oct. 24, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST
as a student in A Chump at Oxford
Oct. 24, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST
Oct. 24, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST
by Darth Macchio
Ahh the fantastic Peter Cushing. One of my all time favorite characters in SW and brilliant in film after film from Hammer, etc (far too many to repeat here). - so effortlessly fantastic in everything I've ever seen. I've never been the type of fanboy to get all tween girl giggly with my appreciation of artists and their work but there are a few I would have love to have met and shaken their hands. Peter Cushing and Vincent Price are (were) at the top of that list and have been since I was a little kid and first saw their films... And creative types now tend to default into the "English Accent = Villain" mainly, I feel, because of the sheer brilliance of Cushing's performance in SW..not a physically imposing man per se but delivering so much calculated menace that he was not only able to tell Vader what to do but was also believable when he did so (and we're talkin pre-whiny temper tantrum Hayden Christenson baby-weeping bullshit here - that "vader" isn't even allowed in the same conversation as the "Vader" we all grew up with..yes, that's OT "Vader" with a capital "V"). Tarkin's slight expression change, to the tiniest, fractional expression of revulsion, when Vader is choking the security captain just prior to telling him to release him is just perfect...if I had to guess, Lucas didn't tell him to do that or hardly anything else that made that role so iconic and memorable (same reason why Christopher Lee survived looking like an incompetent in the prequels - these guys are the real deal in terms of talent that even a bad acting/actor director can't screw them up)
Oct. 24, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST
Oct. 24, 2012, 12:11 p.m. CST
Didn't he release a Heavy Metal album shortly before he passed away?
Oct. 24, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST
Oct. 24, 2012, 1 p.m. CST
I just don't.
Oct. 24, 2012, 1:20 p.m. CST
First in the Hammer adaptation of HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, second in the 1960s BBC series, and finally in the excellent (if sadly obscure) television film THE MASKS OF DEATH. He would have appeared in a follow-up TV film to have been titled THE ABBOT'S CRY had his failing health not prevented it. Cushing also performed a number of Sherlock Holmes stories for the Royal National Institute for the Blind, and these recordings have recently begun to be made available to the general public.
Oct. 24, 2012, 3:37 p.m. CST
by Jack Desmondi
Oct. 24, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST
by Jack Desmondi
look at his performance in son of Frankenstein. Pure subtle menace and evil...but with an undercurrent of pathos also. The reason he was so shitty in so many roles was because of cheap, lousy directors who didn't know how to direct stage actors for film.
Oct. 24, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST
Biggest. Oversight. Ever.
Oct. 24, 2012, 5:23 p.m. CST
Oct. 24, 2012, 6:16 p.m. CST
IIRC I read that it was all performed live on TV, but it was so popular they had to perform it again the next week.
Oct. 25, 2012, 5:52 a.m. CST
by B Arnold Quizzling
Cushing was truly a class act and actor to boot. Someone above used the word "effortless" to describe his performances. Perfectly stated indeed. Cushing, Lee, Price... are there any actors today who can even wipe the crap off their shoes? In a world of shirtless pretty boys who are worshipped for their pecs and not their acting skills these icons truly demonstrated that a movie role -- no matter the budget -- deserved the best a true professional can give. And they always delivered.
Oct. 25, 2012, 7:22 a.m. CST
Oct. 25, 2012, 10:06 a.m. CST
You are right. The heyday of the greats - David Niven also comes to mind, simply as another actor who effortlessly filled his roles - Peter O'Toole, Alec Guiness, Gielgud, Peter Sellers, Peter Ustinov (so many Peters!!).. All of these men have been such artists. The question of who today could come close to filling those shoes? I think someone like Alan Rickman could do it. He hasn't ever really been given a truly scary role, but boy I bet he could knock that type of thing out of the park.
Oct. 25, 2012, 11 a.m. CST
Nothing, and I mean nothing but great, great memories of this man.
Oct. 25, 2012, 4:08 p.m. CST
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