A. J. Pennypacker or: How I Learned to Appreciate Peter Sellers

So it’s been a week since my last post, which is a Cardinal sin as a blogger, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been active in the world of film. For one, I wrote a review of Valhalla Rising for The Critical Critics. The more observant will notice that I used a different last name – others use aliases and I felt that I should too. Pennypacker, for those who don’t watch Seinfeld, is one of the alter-egos used in the Puerto Rican Day Parade episode, the scene is one of my absolute favourites. There are plenty of films out right now that I’d like to review (Inception, Predators), but while surfing I saw a story about how Peter Sellers tried to change his will before he died. Although a little before my time, I remember watching the Pink Panther films with my dad, who was a big fan, and not really appreciating it. I was too young at the time, but I’m a big kid now and figured that I should give it another look. I love comedians and actors who can do different accents and impersonations so I decied on Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Sellers plays three different parts and the humour is less slapstick than the Pink Panther series (not that there is anything wrong with that). If you didn’t know you might not even notice that Sellers played three of the main characters, but his role as German nuclear expert Dr. Strangelove made the film for me. Oddly enough, the character was partly based on Wernher von Braun, who was featured in the Pax Americana documentary. Anyways, I was so impressed I’ve started going on something of a Sellers tear – you have to see his impression of Michael Caine – which doesn’t necessarily make for the most up-to-date material on this site, but if you’re like me you don’t mind catching up on the classics, and when it comes to comedy, Peter Sellers is one of the greatest.

Wernher von Braun

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