Thursday, 18 December 2008
Who's behind door #18?
It’s Donald Pleasence! Or, since the beloved actor sadly died in 1995, technically it’s... wait for it... the Ghost of Christmas Pleasence! (Oh my sides.)
Christmas in Britain just isn’t complete without a screening of The Great Escape on TV, meaning that I’ve come to associate old Dr Loomis as much with December 25th as I have October 31st. Like his character in this film, Donald Pleasence actually was an RAF officer during WWII, and really did spend time in a German POW camp. Also less known is the fact that there’s a 1988 TV-movie sequel called The Great Escape II: The Untold Story, in which Pleasence, the only returning cast member, played a Nazi... How’s that for acting range?