Dom Deluise, the funny fat man (aren’t they often?) has died. My first exposure to him was as a young teen when I watched a T.V.-censored The End with Burt Reynolds, Sally Field and a psychotic Deluise as a mental institution escapee who just doesn’t get that Burt doesn’t want to kill himself. He stole every scene he was in and it’s a testament to Reynolds who also directed that he allowed Deluise to take over as he did. This experience lead my sister and I to trek up to the local theatre to see Deluise in his new movie, Fatso, which turned out to be a bittersweet dramedy about a lonely fat man looking for love, not what we expected from ‘that crazy fat guy’. It was still very moving and funny, although this review is from a 30-year-old memory as I haven’t had a chance to see it since. I saw Dom Deluise in subsequent movies like the Cannonball Runs and assorted lesser Mel Brooks movies but he never made the impact on me like he did in those first exposures. As he turned to more B fare in his later years and gained much more weight, I will admit I just felt sorry for him. The manic energy he displayed in his earlier work seemed to hold a sad sense of desperation in the later years. I suggest that if you want to see Deluise at his peak, try Blazing Saddles, Silent Movie or what I consider an under-rated comic masterpiece, The End (Robby Benson’s turn as a young priest still has me on the floor to this day).
As a child my dad used to hand me the map when we went on road trips. As a teenager, my mom told me many times I should be a travel agent. As a typical kid,I ignored the signs and spent over 20 years in the video industry ignoring my REAL passion...TRAVEL!!! I finally heeded their advice and my own desires and launched myself into the travel industry. Having traveled as much as I could within the temporal and financial limits of a busy family life over the years, I have accumulated much knowledge and experience in such areas as Mexico (Riviera Maya, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta), Cuba (Holguin, Santiago de Cuba, Varadero, Cayo Santa Maria), Dominican Republic (Punta Cana), Jamaica, Antigua, Barbados, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Florida (Disney, Universal, Fort Lauderdale) and will continue to do so. I still love movies and earlier posts here will testify. Baseball and live theatre have become great passions as well. View all posts by argento2665