Simon in the Park

A few of us went to Grant Park last night to see The Odd Couple on the outdoor screen – along with a thousand or so of our closest friends and some of the strangest low-hanging clouds I’ve ever seen, we sat on blankets and drank red wine and watched Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon trade classic Simon quips.

The City of Chicago web site includes a few bits of trivia about the movie, including a story about Matthau (who also played all three male leads in the original production of Plaza Suite), who asked to play the fastidious Felix because it would have been more of a challenge as an actor. Simon’s response:

Walter, go and be an actor in somebody else’s play. Please be Oscar in mine.

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