Captain Exposition takes the stage... and unfurls Prior's monologue from the end of Act one, Scene eight in "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches" by Tony Kushner. I really need to man up and read the second part, "Perestroika."
If you don't know who Hugo Dax is... well, you're likely not a Bond fan. I nearly made a joke about how the "GoldenEye 64" game somewhat rehabilitated "Moonraker," but ran out of room - and realized that was nearly as outdated as any Ross Perot joke, as the title indicated.
As for K.B.'s quip - there was an interesting article up last week on salon.com called "It's time to occupy Hollywood" which mentioned that the budget for the upcoming Johnny Depp vehicle "The Lone Ranger" was cut back from $250 million to a little over $200 million by cutting back on extras and crew, but not the massive paycheck for Mr. Depp. Even Depp called the money he makes "stupid money" (as a quantity adjective, not a quality adjective), but he's not turning it down. Fair enough, I suppose, but... well, that's a lot of the little people thrown off the boat, no?
Just out of curiousity, has Captain Exposition ever considered a career in politics, even briefly? :D
The right cause, the right place... who knows? We'll see how Ersatz Meadows turns out.
Oh man, Moonraker... Hugo Drax. What a terrible villain. Who's the guy in the deerstalker cap again? I don't know any Kushner, so when Clarence started talking about whale oil... Let's just say my mind drifted to the alternate theory that deerstalker cap man was Dave from BotD (even though I know I'm wrong probably) and that Scrimshaw is an ancestor of Clarence's. Now that'd be goofy. ;)
Sorry, I should have noted earlier or had a throwaway name-drop - that's Gielgud in the deerstalker cap. He was offstage watching NPH do his monologue the previous strip, since it's not proper to be part of any group discussions when your boyfriend is auditioning. Now that NPH is offstage, Gielgud's returned.
Honestly, I'm not sure I know any Kushner other than "Angels in America." It's a classic of its time, but I'm not sure if it's considered timeless yet. It's definitely in the American dramatic canon, though. It was a big, big deal when it arrived in the early '90s, and had a reflowering of importance a few years back when Al Pacino was in an HBO adaptation of it, directed by Mike Nicholls. I really need to see that one.
Oh right, Gielgood. I should have remembered that. :P