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As you may have heard, actor Leslie Nielsen passed away this weekend at the age of 84. I got a bit sad when I found out because while I’d never claim to have “known” Leslie, I did get to work with him a few years ago.
I’d like to share a few pics in honor of Leslie.
As you guys know, I’m in marketing. Been doing it for over 10 years. Working with Leslie was definitely the glitziest thing I’ve done thus far… not sure anything can top it!
I worked at a credit union in Arizona and one day my boss threw out an idea for our next commercials. He wanted to convey that doing business with the credit union (getting a loan, opening a checking account, etc) was SO easy, even so-and-so could do it.
We brainstormed who that so-and-so would be. He wanted someone relatively well-known. We sat there and thought about it and then it came to me in a flash… “what about Leslie Nielsen?”
Turns out he lived in Phoenix at the time. The idea was born and that year, I flew out to California to have dinner with Leslie, his wife, agent and our ad agency. It was my “reward” for coming up with using Leslie as our new spokesperson. I had dinner with him twice in two years. The thing I remember most is that we all got dessert and he wanted to try everyone’s so we passed our desserts around and shared. It was like sitting at the dinner table with a hilarious grandpa.
The next year I was further along in management and actually worked even closer on the commercials. I flew to Hollywood and we spent a full day and then some on the set with Leslie.
Leslie’s trailer… he had sushi for lunch. We ate sandwiches with the film crew. Man, I would have loved a spicy tuna roll.
Leslie getting make-up…. this commercial was about Leslie wrecking his race car and needing a car loan… FAST!
The stand in… actors apparently have stand-ins. This guy stands around in place of Leslie while the crew gets the lighting right and runs through anything else that needs running through. Leslie’s stand-in worked with him for over 20 years.
And finally, you knew I’d get an autograph, right? By the way, I was ten weeks preggers with Big Roo here!
Throughout the filming, Leslie was just hysterical. He’d add funny quips to the end of his lines. All of us, even the director, were all holding in our laughter while the film was rolling. The director could barely say “cut” because he was trying to hold it in so bad. Once he mustered a “cut!” we busted a gut laughing at Leslie’s antics. Good times, good times.
Anyone who brings that much laughter was truly a gift to the world.
On a final note, you’ve gotta see Leslie in action. I’d love you to watch one of the 10 commercials we did with Leslie over three years. It’s also one of my faves (and the lady was barely older than Leslie so we had to do her up to look older than him!). They disabled the embedding feature so you’ll have to click here to watch it. (The fact that Leslie is wearing PJs above will make more sense after you watch this.)
Rest in peace, Leslie. I’m sure you’re cracking the heck out of people up there.
Got a favorite Leslie quote?
Aaaah Halloween with young boys. An excuse to dress them to your heart’s desire before they start demanding fangs, creepy costumes and lots of fake blood.
This year Little Roo donned Big Roo’s old turtle costume (because how could I let that cuteness only be witness for a total of 30 minutes like 3 years ago?)
Big Roo got a plastic sword from Grandma and only talked about being a knight from then on. So, he was a knight, although he emphatically called himself a “bad knight.” In fact, I had a hard time getting a smiling pic because he kept doing a bad knight sneer.
First… I present to you the bad knight.
The shield I made from cardboard (ok, hubby drew it and I cut it and painted it. ok, I only painted the yellow part. I DID make the handles though so naner naner.)
Giving Daddy Roo props for this one. That was one cheap, grey plastic sword until he got his hands on it. I applied some gold powder on top for a little shimmer and sealed it with Mod Podge (thanks the recommendation of Twitter peeps @2old2tap and @julialadewski).
Moving along to the turtle (who is anything but slow)…
Good God I love this costume. I mean… turtle toes? For real? CUTE.
Cuteness is magnified when you put the two together!
By the way, my friend Stacy from Kids*Stuff*World is doing a virtual Halloween costume parade this week. Go link up YOUR cute kids all dressed up!
Why yes, they can! We signed Big Roo up for soccer with the local YMCA’s Microleague. His team name? LOBSTERS!
Seriously the best team name ever.
Big Roo talks about soccer all day on game days. He’s obsessed with it. Here’s to many more years of being a soccer mom.
(on another note, I just noticed I’m really bad about keeping Wordless Wednesday, well, WORDLESS.)
And the little guy sure likes to watch…