June 22, 2009

Man of the Cloth

I've had a major crush on Rowan Atkinson for over 20 years. It took Critter sharing the following video, however, to make me realize something.

This guy has played a hell of a lot of priests. There's the famous turn in Four Weddings and a Funeral, of course. Less famous, for some unknown reason, is the beautiful black comedy Keeping Mum. Priests in both.

None of them are alike: competent and incompetent, confident and timid, sincerely religious and...not. Indeed, the one thing they have in common is that they're funny, which makes me less than surprised that he had this to say about an anti-religious-defamation law proposed in Britain in 2004:

To criticize a person for their race is manifestly irrational and ridiculous, but to criticize their religion, that is a right. That is a freedom. The freedom to criticize ideas, any ideas - even if they are sincerely held beliefs - is one of the fundamental freedoms of society. A law which attempts to say you can criticize and ridicule ideas as long as they are not religious ideas is a very peculiar law indeed.

Yeah, that crush isn't going away any time soon.


Glendon Mellow said...

He is a cunning man. So cunning, you put a tail on him and call him a weasel.

muse142 said...

This made me giggle! :)