December 17, 2003

The Sad Pessimism of John Rhys-Davies

One of the saddest things that you can see is a warrior who is utterly convinced that he is doomed if he plants his flag and fights for what he believes in, yet he still plants his flag, though he is convinced no one will rally to his side and he fights the best fight he knows how before he is defeated.

John Rhys-Davies (LotR, "Gimli") is that man.

"I'm burying my career so substantially in these interviews that it's painful. But I think that there are some questions that demand honest answers,"

Quoting his father "Twice a year it comes down from Aden [in Yemen]. It stops here and goes down [south]. On the way down it's got boxes of machinery and goods. On the way back up it's got two or three little black boys on it. Now, those boys are slaves. And the United Nations will not let me do anything about it."

"What is unconscionable is that too many of your fellow journalists do not understand how precarious Western civilization is and what a joy it is. From it, we get real democracy. From it, we get the sort of intellectual tolerance that allows me to propound something that may be completely alien to you around this table...."

"The abolition of slavery comes from Western democracy. True democracy comes from our Greco-Judeo-Christian-Western experience. If we lose these things, then this is a catastrophe for the world."

"I am for dead white male culture"

"You do realize that in this town [Hollywood], what I've been saying is rather like, sort of oh well, I can't find a comparable blasphemy ... but we've got to get a bit serious."

I wish I knew how to say it to him directly but he's not alone, and those who can should tell him. Personally, I'll go to see the next film he's in on his presence alone. In my entire life, I've never said that about an actor before.

Posted by TMLutas at December 17, 2003 06:22 PM