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Slim's happy warrior, Major Kong, stole the movie, IMHO - a remarkable feat, considering the concentration of pure comic genius involved. There is no way Sellers, even with his talent, could've done it better than Pickens, with his incandescent slice of pure Southern shit-kicker drawl and his immense physicality. Kubrick made an inspired choice there, one of many for this film. This may have been the blackest view of American ideals ever. BCNU
I totally agree about Pickens, it was the coming together of the right man with the right role and should have been rewarded more than it was. It was a pure example of serendipity that he got the parts as well, with Sellers injuring himself so that he couldn't play Kong. Having Sellers in the role would have diminished the part and diminished the movie.
I call it the "Gold Hat" phenomenon - in the public's mind, a minor role becomes the visual or aural representation of the entire film - ala Alfonso Bedoya's awesome bandito's famous "bodges..." line is the the thing most folks remember about "Treasure of the Sierra Madre", so do most seem to remember Mjr. Kong whoopin' it up on the falling bomb. Both films had some of the best acting ever, and crackerjack scripts, but the quirky fat guy gets the telling part - like Thomas Gomez in "Ride the Pink Horse", another serendipitous role. BCNU
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