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Peter Sellers: Searching for the Real Peter
Peter Sellers once told an interviewer, "There used to be a real me, but I had it surgically removed." I've read two Peter Sellers' autobiographies and my overall impression is, he only had a vague idea of who he was. From his birth in 1925 that lifelong search for himself began. He was determined to succeed using his outstanding talent, mimicry. He could imitate anyone flawlessly. His parents were the original odd couple, very. They named him Richard but called him by the name of Peter, his stillborn brother. Clearly a genius in the making, he may have had some kind of identity disturbance, what a psychiatrist would call "depersonalization." So it's no wonder why he said, "I feel ghostly unreal until I become someone else again on the screen." I love everything he did, because he put all he had into his roles, playing the selves he created in search of his true self. I'm about to screen one of his less well-known films, "Heavens Above!" I came to the TCM website to research it before viewing and while doing that I decided to become a member. I can check back and let you all know what I thought of "Heavens Above!" Take care, all you fellow Peter Sellers fans!
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Peter Sellers, consumate Actor And Comedian.
- Norman Shepard
In America, there were only two actors, I know of, that expressed the changing times and mores of the 1960's, Dennis Hopper and Peter Sellers. Each Actor, uniquely, and maybe subconsciously, displayed qualites that reflected the upheavel of the times in attitudes toward sex, war, and political activism. Sellers known more for his impeccable comic timing, influenced his audiences with more than laughs, but insightful intellectual understanding and empathy for the common man. In most situations, he was over his head, but as displayed through his characters, a desparate and gentle attempt to try and understand his environment, and the people in it. Peter Sellers will most be remembered for his comical performances, but maybe the true lasting tribute, will be of a man who tried, and succeded.
Peter Sellers Deserves Recognition!
- Dan Bruckner
I have been a fan of Peter Sellers since he appeared in "A Shot in the Dark" in 1963! It's surprising that there are no reviews already of him on this TCM website. I regard his 1975 "Return of the Pink Panther" to be the best of the many sequels! He was one of the most popular movie comedy stars of the 1960s and 1970s! The 1982 film, "Trail of the Pink Panther", was made mainly from out-takes and extra footage of him (he had been dead for over a year). The fact that any movie producer would even try that is a testimony to his great popularity at that time!