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    Steve Martin On The Pink Panther - Review

    By By: Sunil Noronha

    Comedy Man Steve Martin has got us all cracking up again. He has taken on the role of Jacques Clouseau in the upcoming flick, The Pink Panther. The man himself admires the original Inspector Jack Clouseau. By his own words, the naiveness of Peter Sellers playing the role made all impossible possible. He admired the balance of simplicity 'n' sophistication of the inspector's methods. The nature of the role he plays in the film is much unlike the stand up comedy that he did in his early years as a comedian. He expressed his personal reservation on doing the role having being the next after the great Peter Sellers. The role of Peter Sellers and Inspector Clouseau himself were very well entwined. The Hollywood comedian said that he changed the initial script and felt good about it, but not good enough to actually want to make a movie out of it. But then the director saw it and he was convinced enough that the movie should be done. On being asked about how he would go about filling in Sellers shoes, he said that he wouldn't be worthy of them. Clouseau was Sellers and Sellers was Clouseau. They were inseparable.

    When you are looking upto another to another actor and you can see such a connection to a role that he plays, you know that is unmanufacturable. The magic that Clouseau brought to the screen in the role of the Inspector Clouseau is that fact that he would make up strategies while on the run and his plans would be made, stupid to the mind, but they would be perfect all the way. Nothing was ever insolvable for the man. On being asked whether his interpretation of the role would be dissimilar to that of Sellers, he said that while contributing to the role, he will be putting that extra soul into the performance, barring all that Clouseau already did with it. He also said that the emotional moments were his favourites in any movie that he does. Both the actors met during 1980 while promoting movies in Hawaii. Martin career was in its booming stage at the time. Sellers came up to him and told him that he was being given a lot of flak for his work, which Sellers knew. Sellers told him that he had his eyes on him. He says that it lifted his spirits to hear that compliment from Sellers.

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