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Film 2009 with Leonard Cohen 

By Andrew Vaughan 

So I’m sat watching Slumdog Millionaire and it is beautiful. Harsh but beautiful and it restores my love of life. And I’m in love with Freida Pinto and I’m back in Muswell Hill in lust with Sunita. The girl that said: "He's fucking weird him" as some fella left her shop to be arrested soon after for murdering 15 men.

 

And I could so have loved that truly beautiful girl from the other side of the world. Those girls from the other side of the world. Some that I flirted with and some that I fucked. And Lena from accounts that lit up my life between nine and five and Janet the girl that loved Tom Waits more than she loved life itself also loved Leonard Cohen. This girl from Streatham with the most beautiful smile in the entire world who I know will be watching Slumdog Millionaire somewhere. And I know she will love the film. Because it is beautiful and it means nothing but it means everything and it has everything but nothing to do with money

 

And if you’ve seen the film then you know what I mean. It’s a fable. A simple story. A beautiful story about a young man that loves a young woman. And you know what I still love Janet – all those years down the line. All those ladies that have danced me to the end of love and Freida Pinto who I now love from a distance. Freida and her beautiful smile and Janet with the most beautiful smile in the entire world and Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits and love…

 

And then there is The Wrestler with Mickey Rourke. Like Slumdog Millionaire this is life laid bare - but this is about Mickey Rourke’s life laid bare. And for some of us along with De Niro and Pacino he is OUR actor. We love Rourke because he’s been through it and he matters. Like music and football - proper actors and films matter. Films with soul matter and The Wrestler is sensational. It has soul. It should win Rourke an Oscar. He’s already won a Golden Globe. As has Bruce Springsteen. For Bruce wrote the title track. Mickey “called him in Ireland” and Bruce wrote a gorgeous, amazing song. And the circle is complete for Bruce has soul and Bruce writes beautiful words like:

 

Have you ever seen a scarecrow filled with nothing but dust and wheat?
If you've ever seen that scarecrow then you've seen me
Have you ever seen a one-armed man punching at nothing but the breeze?
If you've ever seen a one-armed man then you've seen me
.”

 

On one level he wrote them for The Wrestler but he really wrote them for Mickey and for me and for you and Freida and Janet and Tom and Leonard…  

 

 


 


 

 

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