Monday, January 28, 2008
Oh Mickey You're So Fine (And Old)
Last night, at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Mickey Rooney presented the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries. He has been a SAG member for 74 years and drew applause when mentioning that he is 87 years old.
Then, he introduced the first nominee, Ellyn Burstyn, and the clip from her performance (in Mitch Albom's For One More Day) was a scene in which her character comments that if living a healthier life means adding five years to her life, and those years were between the ages of 85 and 90, then it's simply not worth it. The implication is: Who wants to be a complete old fart and have zero quality of life just for the sake of quantity over quality, if it expands your life to live those awful years between 85 and 90?
I wonder what Rooney was thinking?