Welcome to the feature where every fortnight we will explore different topics that are listed in the book A List A Day by Paperchase. They range from food, music and travel to really random topics so I thought it wold be a fun one to talk about throughout the year!
Today’s List: The Dinner Party
Today we are looking at the perfect Dinner party, a few years ago I actually covered this on here so not going to go into complete deph and you can read all my articles here but I will share just some of the people that are on that list.
The first person I would want at the dinner table is someone who I find highly inspiring and would of loved the chance to of meet, Donald O’Connor. Singing in the Rain has been my favourite film since I saw it when I was a child and I adore the music and comedy that comes with it as I love everything about old Hollywood. I instantly took a liking to Donald as I found him amazing with his dancing and style so started to look at other things that he had done as well and became even more amazed at how talented he is and the lengths in which his talents extend to.
There are two favourite dance scenes of his I love to watch on a rainy day – one of them is him dancing on an xylophone and another is him dancing on roller skates. I find Donald highly inspiring and love to listen to an album of his greatest hits when I need uplifting and would of love to of met him to talk about his career The fact he started off in the circus means that he was able to do something in comedy and music that a lot of actor fail to be – unique. I would love to have him at my dream dinner party as I could talk to him about the films he was part of, the comedy he created and may even get advice.
For as long as I remember, Rik Mayall has always been in my Life and I have always been surrounded by his comedy and television shows. I remember when I was a kid being introduced to Drop Dead Fred at a very young age and loving it. I don’t even remember how old I was when I first saw it but to me I remember it always being there.
I suppose it’s similar with Bottom as well, I remember from a young age being allowed to stay up late and watch it – I remember doing this with my aunt and anytime it got to a bit of violence she told me to not look. To be fair I used to like it for the silliness of Rik Mayall.
There are so many reasons why i would want to have dinner with Rik Mayall the first is that he is a comedy genius- there is no one like him and there never will be. I would love to have a conversation with such a legend and hear all the stories of shows such as The New Statesman, Bottom, and The Young Ones. Rik Mayall was also famous for his letter writing and would love to hear stories direct from the man himself about the letters he wrote and so much more.
If there is one person in Hollywood that would be at the top of my list for a dinner party then it would be Steve Carrell. I don’t have many reasons for this apart from that he is one of my comedy heroes and just so fun to watch.
The first thing I ever saw him in was Bruce Almighty, I can’t remember what I thought of him then but I knew it took a few films for me to really like him. I can’t remember what film it was that made me start to really like him but I remember finding him great in B*witched. If I am honest, Ithink it was his character in the office that completely won me over.
Unlike the U.K. Version, as the character developed I saw small bits of me in Michael Scott and started to both sympathise with the character as well as start to really like Steve Carrell. I even started raving about how great Despicable Me is going to be a year before the official trailer and I only saw a teaser that didn’t really tell you what the film was about apart from that it was from a French animation company no one had ever heard of.
It’s not just his acting, I think he is genuinely a really nice person. He is known as the nicest person in Hollywood and I can believe that. Also he is a fellow improviser so would love to get some advise and tips. Jim Carey has always been one of my heroes but Steve is very strong contender for taking the lead.