Sunday, January 22, 2006
The Pink Panther
Peter Sellers is one of my all-time favorite actors. I love his work. Everything from Dr. Strangelove (in which he played three separate characters) , to The Mouse That Roared (sadly forgotten, this is a movie that deserves a re-make), to perhaps his most famous role as Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther films. ( The Pink Panther, The Return of the Pink Panther , and The Pink Panther Strikes Again- it is hard to believe he only made three of them.)
The Pink Panther films are notable in that an animated character from the title credits eventually became a movie short and TV cartoon as the Pink Panther. (winning an Oscar in 1964) In the live action movie the Pink Panther is a diamond.
There was a fourth movie, with Alan Arkin playing the role of Clouseau instead of Sellers. This was much less successful.
Now comes word that there is going to be a new Pink Panther movie, this one billed as a prequel to the original movie. This one features Steve Martin as Inspector Clouseau and Kevin Kline as his boss, Dreyfus. If anyone can bring back the spirit of the original films it is Martin and Kline. Here's hoping they pull it off.