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"Mike and Jon, Jon and Mike—I've known them both for years, and, clearly, one of them is very funny. As for the other: truly one of the great hangers-on of our time."—Steve Bodow, head writer, The Daily Show
"Who can really judge what's funny? If humor is a subjective medium, then can there be something that is really and truly hilarious? Me. This book."—Daniel Handler, author, Adverbs, and personal representative of Lemony Snicket
"The good news: I thought Our Kampf was consistently hilarious. The bad news: I’m the guy who wrote Monkeybone."—Sam Hamm, screenwriter, Batman, Batman Returns, and Homecoming
December 30, 2006
Yesterday I compared Saddam to Barzini in The Godfather. But on second thought it's really more accurate to compare Saddam to the Corleone family capo Sal Tessio (played by Abe Vigoda). Barzini headed a major crime family of his own, and was nearly as powerful as Vito Corleone. By contrast, Tessio merely worked for the Corleones, and was a loyal soldier for Vito Corleone for decades until he saw an opportunity to make more money by striking out on his own. But Michael (who is of course Vito's son) realizes what Tessio is doing, and has him executed by other family retainers.
Here's the impressively precise Iraqi re-enactment of that scene last night:
Actual Godfather lines:
TESSIO: Tell Mike it was only business. I always liked him.
TOM HAGEN: He understands that.
TESSIO: ...Tom, can you get me off the hook? For old time's sake?
TOM HAGEN: Can't do it, Saly.
Posted at December 30, 2006 08:39 AM | TrackBack