April 7, 2014

Mickey Rooney: Moving On at 93

If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber’d here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
If you pardon, we will mend.
And, as I’m an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to ’scape the serpent’s tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call:
So, good night unto you all.

From A Midsummer Night's Dream - 1935 (End Scene) made when he was 15. [HT: Neoneocon, who has more.]

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 7, 2014 8:51 AM
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One of the rare few to whom the term 'genius' could accurately be applied.

Posted by: ahem at April 7, 2014 9:39 AM

Nor disrespect to Mr. Rooney, but if you had asked me yesterday, I would have told you that he had died a long time ago.

Posted by: Fat Man at April 7, 2014 10:02 AM

That Twilight Zone episode he was in showed him as he really is.

Genius hell, little man complex.

Posted by: ghostsniper at April 7, 2014 10:47 AM

Well,Fat Man, when you get up to around 93 pretty much everyone has died long before.

Posted by: vanderleun at April 7, 2014 11:18 AM

That particular film of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is a masterpiece. Magical from beginning to end. And Mr Rooney, what ever else he was during his long life, was brilliantly magical in the role of Puck.

Posted by: Rebecca at April 8, 2014 9:21 AM

To Fat Man and ghostsniper:

I imagine you're both good guys, so good I'd pick up your tab at the bar should we ever meet. Here and now, however, in the tiny universe that is this comment thread, you are coming across like bastard spawn of the Grinch.

No biggie. I'll still pick up your tab :-)

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at April 8, 2014 11:20 AM