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Siskel and Ebert: behind the scenes

by Adam Finley, posted May 16th 2006 12:07PM

siskel and ebertThis is both hysterical and bittersweet. Someone has found footage of film critic Roger Ebert and his late partner in crime, Gene Siskel, shooting promos for their syndicated program Siskel & Ebert & the Movies. Listen as they both go off on a hilarious tongue-in-cheek rant about WASPs and Protestantism, laugh as they try to get through yet another promo while lobbing insults at one another, and try not to wet your pants when Gene explains that Roger's answer to every question he's asked at McDonald's is "yes."

Funny as all of this is, it does make me miss watching these two guys lock horns with one another. Richard Roeper does okay holding his own against Roger, but it's nothing compared to how he and Gene used to go after one another in what often seemed like an extremely vicious and callous manner. And yet, when it was all said and done they still remained friends.

Note: Links above contain swearing, so probably NSFW.

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phish73

It's so ironic that while Siskel frequently made fun of Ebert's weight, he's dead as a doornail and Ebert continues to thrive. Ahhhh, sweet sweet irony.

May 17 2006 at 2:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mamaloo

Very, very funny. These men were both quite funny and it's a treat to see them going at it with such gusto.

I love seeing the candid faces of people normally much more mediated.

May 16 2006 at 4:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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