Saturday, March 21, 2009

RIP Bruno Gianelli

I missed it this past week but one of my favorite actors passed away: Ron Silver. Silver became a part of The West Wing in season four, as the ruthlessly cynical and pragmatic campaign director for Jed Bartlet's re-election: Bruno Gianelli.

You really got the feeling watching that show, that Sorkin loved Bruno's character and loved writing for him. Other than Leo McGarity's character, Bruno was the one guy who would say anything to anyone, including Bartlet. So in honor of his passing, my favorite line from Bruno, uttered after he kept pushing to respond to some stupid right-wing leaflets against Bartlet:

"...we cowered in the corner, and said, "Please. Don't. Hurt. Me." No more. I really don't care who's right, who's wrong. We're both right. We're both wrong. Let's have two parties, huh? What do you say?"

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