Ron Clark, the legendary Australian distance runner died last week at the age of 77. Along with Emil Zatopek (see earlier post on this thread), Ron Clark was my all time running hero. A fantastic runner and a true gentleman, whose influence on my childhood running ambitions was immeasurable.
A world without heros is no world at all. They may dead and gone...but never forgotten.
Cook: Mr Spiggott - you are, I believe, auditioning for the part of Tarzan.
Cook: Now Mr Spiggott, I couldn't help noticing - almost at once - that you are a one-legged person.
Moore: You noticed that?
Cook: I noticed that, Mr Spiggott. When you have been in the business as long as I have, you come to notice these little things almost instinctively.
The agent goes on to point out that Tarzan is "a role which traditionally involves the use of a two-legged actor" and that it would be unusual for the part to be taken by a "unidexter", but Spiggott's enthusiasm is undimmed. Cook keeps a straight face as he explains exactly why Spiggott is unsuitable for the role.
Cook: Need I say with over much emphasis that it is in the leg division that you are deficient.
Moore: The leg division?
Cook: Yes, the leg division, Mr Spiggott. You are deficient in it to the tune of one. Your right leg, I like. I like your right leg. A lovely leg for the role. That's what I said when I saw you come in. I said, "A lovely leg for the role". I've got nothing against your right leg. The trouble is - neither have you.