Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 09/27/08 at 01:13 PM ET
Moviegoers have been charmed by Newman for six decades, and he is regarded as both a “man’s man” and a “ladies’ man”. He was nominated for ten Academy Awards throughout his illustrious career, but only one once—for “The Color of Money”. Around the hockey world, he is best known as player/coach for the Charlestown Chiefs, Reg Dunlap.
Newman did his own skating in “Slap Shot”, which really impressed his costars and director George Roy Hill. Al Pacino was considered for the role, but lost out when he said that he couldn’t skate. Newman worked with George Roy Hill two other times (“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “The Sting”), both of which were much more commercially successful, but he often said that “Slap Shot” was his favorite of any movie he did.
One of my favorite scenes in the movie is when Dunlap antagonizes the goaltender Hanrahan from the Long Island Ducks, inciting a brawl. Sean Avery should take notes on that. Here’s the scene, which some YouTuber has modified to say “Los Angeles” and “Anaheim”: It should go without saying, but be cautioned that the scene isn’t family friendly.
Newman starred in three of my favorite movies of all time: “Cool Hand Luke”, “Slapshot”, and “The Hudsucker Proxy”. Of course, everybody knows and loves “Cool Hand Luke” and “Hud” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”. I’ve loved his performances in so many others, including the grossly underrated “The Verdict”.
RIP, Paul. We’ll miss you.
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.