"This is Frank Drebin, Police Squad. Throw down your guns, and come on out with your hands up. Or come on out, then throw down your guns, whichever way you wanna do it. Just remember the two key elements here: one, guns to be thrown down; two, come on out!"
By now you probably already have plans for this weekend but I'm going to need you to go ahead and cancel what you're doing and head to Landmark's Inwood Theatre because this Friday and Saturday only they're showing David Zucker's The Naked Gun 2 ½: The Smell Of Fear at midnight.
Late last year we lost the guy who played our hero in the Naked Gun trilogy, the beloved Leslie Nielsen. I had the pleasure of meeting Nielsen three years ago at the San Diego Comic-Con and yes, he's was just as goofy in real life as he was in the movies he starred in -- and I say this with the utmost respect and admiration. Nielsen is the accidental hero of spoof comedy so Shirley* you can make an attempt to see him on the big screen one of these nights, for a mere $10.
*Nielsen famously said "I am serious. And don't call me Shirley" in Airplane! (evidence provided after the jump), but I like puns and had to run it. I'm not sorry.
While you wait in anticipation of Neilsen on the big screen, here are my five favorite moments from the Leslie Nielsen:
Farting on the Morning Show
Naked Gun hospital scene with O.J. Simpson
Naked Gun baseball scene
Airplane! "Don't call me Shirley" scene
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Spy Hard scene
And for future late night entertainment, here's the Inwood Midnight Madness lineup through September 10:
The Room - July 15 and 16 Taxi Driver - July 22 and 23 Pee-wee's Big Adventure - July 29 and 30 Batman Begins - August 5 and 6 Tremors - August 12 and 13 The Room - August 19 and 20 Quadrophenia - August 26 and 27 A Clockwork Orange - September 2 and 3 Dark Crystal - September 9 and 10