You're aware of his work, even if you don't know his name or face. Don LaFontaine, who had a virtual monopoly on narrating trailers for the major studios, has passed away at age 68. LaFontaine's deep voice, often used in ominous ways, gave gravitas to over 5,000 trailers. Although some complained the use of primarily one man for virtually every trailer made them seem monotonous, LaFontaine made a thriving career of the relatively easy work, recording up to ten different voice over spots a day. He also appeared as himself in recent Geico insurance commercials. For more click here For a funny James Bond-inspired video featuring LaFontaine, click here (Thanks to Bob Collins and Steve Tyler for the head's up)
Clint Eastwood played The Man With No Name in three Sergio Leone western classics: A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Although the character's signature trait was the seemingly ever-present cheap cigar in his mouth, Eastwood actually loathed smoking. He especially disdained these particular cigars that were accurate for the period, but had a deplorable taste.
The Metropolitan Cigar Club is one of our favorite hang-outs. Located in Fairfield, New Jersey, this private club is the setting of many a classic movie debate - and is the best place to find guys who can recite every line of The Godfather. (Who says cigar aficianados aren't scholars?) The atmospheric decor is based on pre-revoution Havana. For info about joining, visit www.metrocigar.com