Farewell Leslie Nielsen, a Man Whose Life Was Changed by a Fart Machine

Monday, November 29, 2010

Me with Jim Abrahams and Leslie in Dodger Stadium for the shooting of  "The Naked Gun"

In my post on “The Naked Gun,” I wrote about Leslie Nielsen’s adventures with a rubber toy that made fart noises.  It was called “Le Tooter,”  and he always had it in his pocket, at the ready.  He said it changed his life.  It made people see him as a silly guy, not some kind of imposing dramatic actor.  I never found out whether it predated his transition to comedic roles, but certainly the fact that he was deadpan funny was something that the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker trio revealed to the world, not something they created. 

What can you say about someone who enjoyed standing straight-faced while making rude noises in elevators? 

That he loved making people laugh, and he will be very, very much missed.