Tony Curtis, David Simon for Hay in Belfast Festival

I had wondered how many of those named in the initial BBC report on the 2009 Hay Festival of Literature (Belfast) would actually be appearing here.. The BBC reports confirmation of two events at the Ulster Hall – Tony Curtis on the 27th May and the creator of The Corner, The Wire and Generation Kill, David Simon on 31st May. Any others out there? Here’s the Hay Festival homepage. Update Apparently, those are the only two main Festival events for Belfast.

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  • Can’t see mention of either of them on the website, except from main appearences in Hay itself…

  • Big Maggie

    Tony Curtis … literature?

  • Pete Baker

    Big Maggie

    Think of it as a ‘culture’ festival.

  • Big Maggie

    Pete,

    I do. But Tony Curtis!!! How old is he now, 90?

    Katie Price, writer extraordinaire, that THAT I could understand :^)

  • Pete Baker

    Big Maggie

    He does have stories to tell..

  • Big Maggie

    Pete,

    From your link: “In October 2008, Curtis released his latest autobiography American Prince: A Memoir (Harmony Books), written with Peter Golenbock.”

    You mean Peter Golenbock has stories to tell. Curtis is just another Hollywood fraud who is best ignored. A literary festival should be about literature and writers. But don’t mind me, I’m old fashioned.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Finally… I get to hear – The Man behind The Wire!

    Geddit, geddit?!?!

    * I’ll get me coat *

  • Rory Carr

    Aahh, Tony Curtis! Who can ever forget his memorable performance as a knight errant in The Black Shield of Falworth and how they were moved as he spoke those immortal lines, in pure Brooklynese diction: “Yonda lies de castle of my fahda”.

    But it wasn’t all his fault. He was under contract to Universal who shoved their young ‘stars’ and ‘starlets’ into these turgid potboilers which they were turning out every two weeks and he did go on to redeem himself in The Sweet Smell of Success. Besides which he contributed to setting the hair-style for a whole generation and that is surely no small thing.

  • Dec

    …he did go on to redeem himself in The Sweet Smell of Success.

    His performance in the Boston Strangler, especially the extended interrogation scene, is breathtakingly good.

  • Big Maggie

    Nah, Tony Curtis and Roger Moore in The Persuaders. Two giants at the pinnacle of their powers :^)

  • Rory Carr

    Looks like he might need to employ all the arts of an escapologist that he mastered in preparation for his role as The Great Houdini in order to get away from the over-ardent attention of all his adoring female fans. Eh, Maggie?

  • Driftwood

    The Persuaders

    Great theme song “In the avenues and alleyways”, must go for that on my ringtone!

  • Big Maggie

    Rory,

    I fancied him in Six Bridges to Cross (I was 10).

    After that he went downhill :^)

  • Greagoir O Frainclin

    The Tony Curtis?…His best movies? …’Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'(entertaining)is a great movie… as well as ‘The Boston Strangler'(deep).

    But anyone see him now? Hard to believe it’s Tony Curtis. Old, bald, (he’s left off the wig) and overweight.

  • Rory Carr

    “Old, bald…and overweight.”

    And what pray, Greagoir, is wrong with that? I know at least one incredibly attractive, personable and talented man who might be so described. Only modesty and the constraints of the Data Protection Act prevent me from revealing his identity.

  • Greagoir O Frainclin

    “And what pray, Greagoir, is wrong with that? I know at least one incredibly attractive, personable and talented man who might be so described.”

    Ah there’s nothing wrong with that whatsoever Rory. Don’t be going all PC. The thing is that Tony Curtis was a pin-up in his day, a handsome man, a lady killer, but he hasn’t worn his age well at all compared to other folk his age who are still recognisable….ie starchy old Roger Moore.

    Probably all that boozing, riding, coke and late nights are to blame regarding old Tony.

    🙂

  • Rory Carr

    OK, Greagoir, I take it you prefer them young and bald and fat. Like this fella:

    http://www.confetti.co.uk/article/view/7658-8358-0-Little_stag_night_for_Matt_Lucas_Weddings.do

  • susan

    I am so clueless. I assumed Pete meant Tony Curtis, the Dublin poet, and was marvelling Big Maggie could have such a strongly felt objection to him.

  • Rory Carr

    That was indeed a wee bit naive of you, Susan, assuming that a mere poet would receive an invitation to the Hay Literary Festival before a jaded old movie star. As with all the great (and not so great) religions what counts with the organisers of the Hay is bums on seats and a movie star (however decrepit)in the pulpit (so to speak)will attract the great reading public over a poet any day of the week.

  • susan

    Agreed, Rory. I haven’t seen any of Tony Curtis’s films, and just didn’t realise he was still out and about. From his Wiki entry it seems he will have many interesting stories about his years sleeping with anything with a pulse, and heaven knows that never gets old.

    :o)

  • Greagoir O Frainclin

    “OK, Greagoir, I take it you prefer them young and bald and fat. Like this fella:”

    Ha Ha ….oooh matron!

  • Big Maggie

    Susan,

    “From his Wiki entry it seems he will have many interesting stories about his years sleeping with anything with a pulse”

    LOL! :^)

    Nice one, girl.