četrtek, 20. avgust 2009

James Whitmore

James Whitmore, rojen kot Allen Whitmore mlajši je preminil šestega februarja letos. Njegovo življenje je bilo polno- doživel in preživel pa je več od večine ljudi, začenši z obema svetovnima vojnama (med drugo je celo služil vojski). Nastopal je v ducatih TV serij; njegova najbolj znana vloga pa je knjižničar v Kaznilnici Odrešitve, Brooks. Tam je bil res nadpovprečen, obenem pa spočetka precej radoživ; proti koncu pa zmeden starček, ki se ne zaveda pomembnosti obstoja.


"Dear Fellas. I can't believe how fast things move on the outside. I saw an automobile once when I was a kid, but now they're everywhere. The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry. The parole board got me into this halfway house called the Brewer, and a job bagging groceries at the Food-Way. It's hard work. I try to keep up, but my hands hurt most of the time. I don't think the store manager likes me very much. Sometimes after work I go to the park and feed the birds. I keep thinking Jake might just show up and say hello. But he never does. I hope wherever he is, he's doing okay and making new friends. I have trouble sleeping at night. I have -- bad dreams, like I'm falling. I wake up scared. Sometimes it takes me a while to remember where I am. Maybe I should get me a gun and rob the Food-Way, so they'd send me home. I could shoot the manager while I was at it, sort of like a bonus. I guess I'm too old for that sort of nonsense anymore. I don't like it here. I'm tired of being afraid all the time. I've decided not to stay. I doubt they'll kick up any fuss. Not for an old crook like me."

Svoje privatno življenje je srednje dobro skrival. Dvakrat se je poročil z isto žensko; bil oče parim sinovom in bojda dober družinski človek. Lanskega novembra je izvedel, da boleha za neozdravljivim pljučnim rakom; in letos, šestega februarja ga je bolezen dokončno položila v grob. Njegova smrt ni odmevala po medijih, niti internetu. A temu navzlic je zapustil ogromno materiala in si zagotovil mesto med nesmrtnimi igralci...

I doubt they'll kick up any fuss. Not for an old crook like me.

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