If I am King, where is my power? Can I form a government? Levy a tax? Declare a war? No! And yet I am the seat of all authority because they think that when I speak, I speak for them. But I can’t speak.
George VI (Colin Firth) in historical drama The King’s Speech (2013). Winner of Best Picture, it tells of how the future king used the unorthodox treatment of Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue to help him overcome his stammer.
Héctor: He’s been forgotten. When there’s no one left in the living world who remembers you, you disappear from this world. We call it the Final Death. Miguel: Where did he go? Héctor: No one knows. Miguel: But I’ve met him! I could remember him when I go back. Héctor: No. It doesn’t work like that, chamaco. Our memories, they have to be passed down by those who knew us in life – in the stories they tell about us.
Anthony Gonzalez and Gael García Bernal in the delightful Pixar film Coco (2017). Winner of Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, the acclaimed animation film tells of a 12-year-old Mexican boy who is accidentally transported to the Land of the Dead.
Vicki Vale: A lot of people think you’re as dangerous as the Joker. Batman: He’s psychotic. Vicki Vale: Some people say the same thing about you. Batman: What people? Vicki Vale: Well, I mean, let’s face it. You’re not exactly normal, are you? Batman: It’s not exactly a normal world, is it?
Kim Basinger and Michael Keaton in the hugely successful Batman (1989). As well as grossing over $400m worldwide, it relaunched the superhero genre, influenced marketing campaigns and won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction. It’s also fascinating to compare to The Dark Knight, which features an altogether different intereptation of Joker.
I’ve heard she once used a cake on stage to make her cry. “That’s right,” she says. “It was a chocolate cake and it was put on the stool [in the wings] where I could see it.It wasn’t that I had to cry,” she corrects. “It was that I was supposed to be in love with the actor but I couldn’t feel anything for him. I didn’t even like him. I put the piece of cake in the wings so I could pine for the piece of cake.”
Taken from an interview with Barbra Streisand (1942 – ) with The Sunday Times’ journalist Chrissy Iley. Streisand is a legend of stage and screen, with an incredible set of achievements including two Oscars, 10 Grammy awards, five Emmys and a Tony award.