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Billy Crystal Is Excited for an Host-less Oscars


>>James: BILLY, YOU STUDIED
FILM AT N.Y.U.>>YEAH.>>James: ONE OF YOUR
PROFESSORS WAS THE LEGENDARY DIRECTOR MARTIN SCORSESE.>>YEAH.>>James: THIS WAS BEFORE HE
WAS THE LEGENDARY DIRECTOR.>>’68, ’69 AND ’70.>>James: WHAT WAS HE LIKE
THEN?>>INTENSE. LIKE NOW BUT YOUNGER. ( LAUGHTER )
HE WAS MAKING HIS FIRST MOVIE. HE WAS A GRADUATE STUDENTS AT
N.Y.U., I WAS A DIRECTING MAJOR, NOT AN ACTING MAJOR. HE WAS SO INTENSE AND SPOKE SO
QUICKLY, IF YOU WERE EDITING YOUR MOVIE, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU
REMEMBER THIS, BUT WHEN IT WAS FILM, WHEN WE ACTUALLY USED
FILM, THERE IS A MACHINE CALLED THE MOVIE-OLA. YOU HAD YOUR FILM ON ONE REEL
AND THE SOUND TRACK ON THE OTHER AND YOU HAD GLOVES ON AND RUN
THE FILM AND YOU HAD BRAKES, YOU’D RUN THE EDIT, STOP THE
BRAKES, TAKE A GREASE PENCIL AND MAKE THE MARK AND HE WOULD TALK
SO QUICKLY, WHAT DID YOU DO IT FOR, WHAT, WHAT, HERE’S WHAT I
THINK, USE THE WIDE CHART. I’M NOT HOWARD HAWKS, I’M 18
YEARS OLD! IF YOU WANT TO USE THE DOLLY, GO
DOWN TO THE SUPERMARKET AND GET THE CART AND GET THE CAMERA AND
PUSH THE — AND ONE TIME HE SPOKE SO QUICKLY HE DISAPPEARED
INTO THE FUTURE! AND CAME WACK SMOKING HOT. OH, MY GOD! I’M GOING TO WIN AN OSCAR! ( LAUGHTER )
BUT IT WAS A GREAT TIME. THE CLASSMATES, WE DIDN’T KNOW
WHO WE WERE THEN, BUT IT WAS OLIVER STONE, CHRISTOPHER GUEST,
MICHAEL MCKEON. WE WERE IN THE THEATER PROGRAM,
AND THAT’S WHERE WE ALL MET WAS BACK THEN.>>YOU MENTIONED THE OSCARS
THEN. THE OSCARS ARE COMING UP SOON. YOU ARE THE MOST BELOVED HOST
BECAUSE YOU’VE DONE IT NINE TIMES. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
THIS YEAR, SEEMS LIKE THEY’RE GOING WITHOUT A HOST.>>YEAH. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THEM
GOING WITHOUT A HOST AND WAS IT EVER MOOTED, DID ANYONE CALL
YOU?>>NO ONE CALLED.>>James: YEAH. BUT THAT’S FINE. VERY CREATIVE PRODUCERS. I KNOW REALLY FUNNY PEOPLE WHO
WERE DOING IT. I THINK IT CAN WORK GREAT,
THOUGH I DO LIKE THE FACT THAT, WHEN I WAS THERE OR ELLEN OR ANY
OTHER SUCCESSFUL HOSTS, THAT YOU’RE THERE TO COMMENT ON
SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS, BECAUSE WHEN YOU’RE THE HOST, YOU WANT
SOMETHING BAD TO HAPPEN.>>James: RIGHT. YOU WANT, YOU KNOW — AND
IT’S EXCITE PORG THE AUDIENCE. THE LAST TIME THAT I REMEMBER
THERE WAS A NO HOST WAS THE INFAMOUS ROB LOWE THING. I FOLLOWED THAT YEAR, WAS A
PRESENTER AND THE NEXT YEAR I STARTED HOSTING. GOD KNOWS WE WANTED IT TO BE
GREAT. I WISH EVERYONE LUCK AND I THINK
IT COULD BE FUN.

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