I just realised something: since, starting on Sunday, I'll be on the road for the next two weeks, every day somewhere else, armed only with my faithful Ipad, I shan't be able to watch at least the next two episodes of Breaking Bad until in two and a half or three weeks. WOE. Also, how to avoid spoilers? You, trusty friends, are really good about keeping these under cut, but other places on the internet aren't. And by the time I watch these episodes, my reviews and speculations will be rendundant. Argh!
Also, I hear we'll get a Better Call Saul spin-off. Which sounds like fun, though what I really want is Saul Goodman guest starring on a couple of other shows. Saul versus Alicia & Cary on The Good Wife, for example. (Or possibly with Alicia & Cary and against Will & Diane?) Saul Goodman versus Patty Hewes would be unfair, I guess, because, well, Patty. She'd have him for breakfast. Saul Goodman: The Apprenticeship because clearly he was an intern at Wolfram & Hart of Angel fame could be fun. And speaking of prequels, there could be at least one Once Upon A Time crossover wherein Emma Swan was tasked with getting one of Saul's clients back to town. Any other ideas?
On a completely different note, while researching something, I came across the second part of Sian Philipp's memoirs again, wherein there is a great passage of Katherine Hepburn during the filming of The Lion in Winter. (Sian Philipps: always and forever the Empress Livia in I, Claudius and thus the best evil Overlady of the Ancient World, but also during the 60s married to Peter O'Toole, hence present during the filming of The Lion in Winter. In said film, Katherine Hepburn was Eleanor of Aquitaine, Peter O'Toole, Henry II, Anthony Hopkins, Richard Lionheart:
Kate Hepburn, whom I first met when she was filming Lion in Winter, was interesting and in many ways admirable, but I couldn't help feeling envious of the way in which she seemed to have her life organised so as to have things all her own way.(...) When O'Toole, who was very smitten by her glamorous, unusual presence, was moved to say, 'My God - if I was thirty years younger I'd have given Spencer Tracy a run for his money', we looked at each other, slightly cross-eyed, wondering which of us had been insulted; Kate for being considered too old to be desirable or me, who, all things being equal, would have been discarded in favour of a younger Kate. It wasn't something to be thought about too closely, so we both smiled sweetly. When, in 1970, Kate was playing in Coco, the musical, in New York, O'Toole and I dined at her house before leaving for South America. As we left, she grabbed me by the arm and hissed, 'You let him push you around - stop it. I'm spoiled.Get spoiled!' I nodded, smiling, and thought I'd like to see her try getting her own way with O'Toole, were she thirty years younger. Not a chance. I remember her as spoiled and selfish indeed but what wonderful common sense she had. And she took what she wanted and paid for it, and, I would hazard, has rarely had occasion to regret her choices.(...)
The most extraordinary things happen in our profession. I'm sure Anthony Hopkins would agree that he was, in 1968, the least likely candidate for international super stardom and respectable knighthood. The he went to America, made some awful movies, temporarily renounced the theatre, nearly killed himself in a car, joined AA, and became one of our most senior, respectable ennobled actors. Hepburn was one of Tony's first mentors in the movies. O'Toole, against the wishes of the American producers and the casting director, had insisted on engaging him for Lion in Winter. (John Castle was another of his 'finds' and Nigel Terry also - a remarkable, very Cornish actor.) When Tony played his first scene with Kate she took him by the shoulders and turned him away from her. 'There's the camera - over there. It needs to see you.'