Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Remembers Leslie Nielsen As A Whoopee Cushion-Using Cut-Up
As the tributes, remembrances and accolades continue to pour in from all those who either worked with or were affected by the remarkable career of the recently passed Leslie Nielsen, one such tribute is especially enlightening and amusing: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar regarding the enjoyable time he spent with Nielsen while working on Airplane.
From a blog post on the Official Site of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (via Game On!):
For me, it was a real pleasure to know and work with Leslie Nielsen. He was a consummate professional when the cameras were rolling. And during down time he was a notorious practical joker. He would often engage the casual acquaintance in what seemed to be a serious convsersation [sic] while he manipulated a whoopie cushion causing that person to look around and try to figure out what exactly was going on. He did this to me the first time I met him when he started talking about the food they served on the set in disparaging ways and I got real quiet until I noticed he had his hand in his pocket on the device, which made me break out into a big grin as I figured out his antics. He kept everybody in a light mood and made the set the alot of fun so that we could all make a great movie together. I don’t think anyone who ever worked with him will ever forget him. Making Airplane was a great experience for me and Leslie helped make it very special. He will be greatly missed.
Damn straight, Roger Murdock. May Dr. Rumack rest in peace.
[H/T Game On!]