Mr. Christopher Plummer was best known for his role as Captain Von Trapp in the musical film Sound of Music. His charming performance captured million and million people hearts. I particularly like the song Edelweiss in the movie. Many times when I was in a pondering mood, I sang this song. It took my thought far far away.
To celebrate Mr. Plummer’s life, I created a video “Edelweiss”. When I made the video, I imagined Edelweiss greeting Mr. Plummer every morning from his new “Homeland”.
To remember Mr. Plummer’s life, I choose to recollect his jokes. I selected some of my favourites here. The reason I like the following jokes is that although he has accomplished so much in his lifetime, he never took his fame seriously. A thousand salutes to you, Captain.
- “That sentimental stuff is the most difficult for me to play, especially because I’m trained vocally and physically for Shakespeare,” Mr. Plummer said in a People magazine interview in 1982. “To do a lousy part like Von Trapp (Sound of Music), you have to use every trick you know to fill the empty carcass of the role. That damn movie follows me around like an albatross.”
At 82, Mr. Plummer was the oldest person ever to win an Academy Award in a competitive category. “You’re only two years older than me, darling,” Mr. Plummer said, addressing the golden statuette during his acceptance speech. “Where have you been all my life?”
“I’m not a superstar — thank God,” Mr. Plummer said in an interview with The Times in 1982. “Christ, to be a superstar must be extremely tiring and limiting. “I prefer being half-recognized on the street and getting good tables in restaurants,” he added. “Unfortunately, the really good, smashing parts do not always come my way because they go to the first tier of superstars who are bankable.”
“As T.S. Eliot measures his life with coffee spoons, so I measure mine by the plays I’ve been in,” he wrote in his expansive 2008 memoir, “In Spite of Myself.”