Movies where we laugh at alcoholics make me uneasy, but somehow, Arthur warrants a permanent exemption. The role seems written for Dudley Moore, but the first plan was an American actor — James Caan, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson and Richard Dreyfuss were all considered. Thankfully, we ended up with Moore and John Gielgud as his butler, Hobson. “Hobson,” says Arthur, “do you know what I’m going to do?”
“No, I don’t,” responds Hobson.
“I’m going to take a bath.”
“I’ll alert the media.”
To this day, when someone tells me something unimportant, I say, “I’ll alert the media.”
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actor (Won), Best Original Song (Won), Best Actor, Best Writing – Original Screenplay
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