October 25, 2020

1990-02-14 – The Post Star

1990 02 14 The_Post_Star_Wed__Feb_14__1990_

.36 — Wednesday, Feb 14,1990 Post-Star. Glens Falls. NY.

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CHICAGO ~77 Roger Daltrey was

taking a beating -» ~ a bigger beating
than his windmilling Who
colleague. Pete Townshend, ever
dealt out to any guitar., As those
.old-time radio boxing announcers
would have told their listeners on
Friday nights, the claret was
flowing.
Daltrey had taken an early lead in
the fight, but now the tide had
turned, and his opponent was
brutally pummeling him. To get
perfectly disgusting about it all, if
Roger Daltrey's face were a side
dish, it would be linguini with red
clam sauce.
The curly-haired, microphone—
swinging lead singer with one of the
‘ music industry‘s most popular rock
groups has now turned his attention
. to building an acting career. which
was why he was in town to film
_“Father Jim," the story of a
shadowy bloke (veteran British
actor Dennis Waterman) who
segues from England to Chicago‘s
South Side and who may or may
not be a priest.
In “Father Jim," he plays Keith
Gibson, 3 washed-up prizefighter in
desperate need of money who is

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;wagered.
- This particular location was a

?:warehouse that had been converted

;-:into a neighborhood club—style.

':'makeshift ring. complete with

mattresses taped to wooden beams.
The atmosphere had been enhanced
with the magic—of—moviemaking
smoke, and the place was filled with
screaming, beer-swigging extras,
with their leather jackets, Cigars,

,'crumpled currency and sneering
. looks. '

“This scene is pretty nasty, I‘ll tell

' you," Daltrey said, as he sat in his
' trailer right after a lunch break.

“See, the other guy cheats. I‘d

his mid—40s At the moment, he was
wearing a parka, and on his head.
backwards, was one of those 19305
caps that Hollywood newsboys
always wore when they shouted
“wuxtry!” With a solid 5-i‘oot-6-
inch frame. Daltrey looked as if he
could easily pass for a professional
i‘eatherwcight-on—thc-cusp-of:
lightweight.

“I‘ve had fight lessons for this,“
he said. “but the actual acting, I
don‘t think. can be taught. You‘ve
either got it or you don’t. And the
camera either loves you or hates
you. It's as simple as that. Touch
wood. it seems to love me very
much.

“i love acting. I love all of it.
Acting is much easier than rock
performing. Much‘ much easier.
Less well paid. but much easier. I
love just inventing characters. It‘s
like paintings Starting with a fresh
canvas."

ln “Mack the Knife" * a film
adaptation of “The Threepenny
()pera” that stars Raul Julia as
MaeHeath and was written and
directed by Menahem Golan ——
Daltrey appears as the Street Singer,
and gets to sing the title song.
Writing afler its showing last fall at
the Chicago International Film
Festival, the Chicago Tribune‘s
Dave Kehr said Daltrey‘s
performance was “effective" and
that the film itself was “a perfectly
serviceable piece, one that's sure to
find an eventual place in the video
collections of opera buffs
everywhere.“

Told about the review, Daltrey
said, “I can‘t believe Menahem
Golan could direct a good film!
Anyway, my role has been very
much elongated in the film. He‘s
used like a Greek chorus to tell the
story. It‘s a rather difficult part. It's
sort of iambic pentameter.
Menahem wrote it in Yiddish and

tonight
The Embassy Lounge

ROGER DALTREY
is ‘alright' at acting
they had to translate it."

In 1975, Daltrey made his first
movie, the screen version of The
Who’s rock opera “Tommy,"
playing the title role for flamboyant
director Ken Russell.

“In some ways, Russell is a

genius. But he needs to be
controlled, and there are very few

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his problem.

“His good stuff is superb, and his
bad stuff is terrible. And I love him
for that. I mean, so many people are
in the gray area.“

His second title role for Russell
was “Lisztomania,” which got
rotten reviews. “I don’t think people
understood what he was trying to do
with it. The problem was the subject
matter: a great composer. People
want it to be all proper and right,
don’t they? And we tried to do it
like a Batman cartoon strip.
Because Franz Liszt was the first
pop star.

“I loved doing it, really enjoyed
the whole business, but I really
didn’t know anything about acting.
So 1 got me an agent, and 1 did a lot
of work for English TV. Did some

Shakespeare: ‘The Comedy of]
Errors.’ Some work for Jonathan !

Miller: MacHeath in ‘The Beggar’s
Opera”

One of his films that wasn’t seen
in the United States was “McVicar”
(1981) in which he played the real-
life character, an English bank
robber and Public Enemy No. 1.

In 1982, The Who undertook its
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Daltrey released the album “Parting
Should Be Painless," followed by
“Under a Raging Moon" (a tribute
to The Who's late drummer, Keith
Moon, who died at age 31 of an
accidental overdose) and in I987
released his sixth solo album.
“Can’t Wait to See the Movie."
Last summer. he and his two
surviving Who associates,
guitarist/songwriter Pete
Townshend and bassist John
Entwistle, reunited for their 25th
anniversary “The Kids Are Alright
Tour,“ complete with songs like
“Won't Get Fooled Again," “My
Generation" and “Magic Bus,"
along with the hearing-impaired

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Towrishend’s patented scissor-spnt
jumps. '

It has been estimated that the 25-
city tour grossed more than SSS
million, with the trio spl‘ittin‘g
between $25 and $30 million. A]
right, kids. ;

Despite the payoff. Daltrey said
the experience “killed“ him. “I had
terrible trouble, and I am very in.

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