Urbin Report

Saturday, October 11, 2003

Ed Asner wants to play Comrade Stalin

"Mr. Asner, I do have a question – unrelated to the film," I said. "In your long and distinguished acting career, going back to your earliest days in Chicago all the way up to present days working with Will Farrell on 'Elf', you have had the chance to do almost anything you could ever wish to do. But if you had the chance to play the biographical story of a historical figure you respected most over your lifetime, who would it be?"

Remembering the sad story he had told about the poor kids in Chicago, I half expected him to come out with a political name of some sort.

"I think Joe Stalin was a guy that was hugely misunderstood," said Asner. "And to this day, I don't think I have ever seen an adequate job done of telling the story of Joe Stalin, so I guess my answer would have to be Joe Stalin."

Suddenly the time had run out, and for the third time in less than 18 hours, Ed Asner had puzzled the room he was in, into a stunned and disbelieving silence.

I have a perfect understanding of Comrade Stalin and those who worship and wish to emulate him.

That is why I want every last one DEAD! EXTINCT! EXTERMINATED!

Of course, I think the Left in general is simply an affirmative hazard to Human Life in general.

-- Les