Wednesday, January 14, 2009

'To the Last, I Will Grapple with Thee... From Hell's Heart, I Stab at Thee!'

Since I posted something about Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan two days ago, it seems only appropriate to note the passing of Ricardo Montalban today.

It would probably be more dignified to run a picture of Montalban in the sartorial splendor of his Fantasy Island character, Mr. Roarke. But I was never much of a fan of that show. And seeing him as a bad-ass fueled by vengeance in 'Wrath of Khan' made much more of an impression on Young Ian. (As it did for Entertainment Weekly's Marc Bernardin.)

It was disheartening to hear the rumor that Montalban's pumped-up chest in that role may have been a prosthetic. That bit of gossip, however, has since been apparently disproven, and I can comfortably go back to thinking that Montalban's sheer pectoral machismo made Shatner and his scenery chewing look feeble.

Hopefully, Mr. Montalban is resting in peace on an armchair upholstered with soft Corinthian leather.

UPDATE: Since Paramount Pictures took down the 'Wrath of Khan' clip that was available on YouTube, here's a trailer from the film instead.