Most summers when I was a kid, I was banished, for at least a week or more, to my aunt and uncles farm. Sounds great doesn't it, two weeks on a farm... but it wasn't. I loved the land, the view and of course the animals, but my aunt was not a welcoming woman and my uncle, gruff and rather distant. They had two children, my cousin Karen, who was about 10 years older than I was and always away somewhere... school, travelling, anywhere but the farm. Then there was my cousin Daryl, just two years older than I but just a cousin, not a friend. He hated my visits as much as I did and except for when his parents forced our interacting, we didn't.
Daryl's one's redeeming quality were his friends. He had many, all great looking, athletic and much friendlier than Daryl. My favorite friend of Daryl's was Arthur. Arthur was tall, incredibly skinny but fit, shoulder length dirty brown hair and a great smile. He always took the time to talk to me and ensured I was always invited to whatever they were doing.
Given the summers are always so hot and muggy, and because Arthur lived just down the road, Arthur's summer uniform consisted of mostly of his boxers, with occasionally a black tank top thrown on if it were a special occasion. Arthur never wore underwear, why would he, no one saw him except Daryl and his friends, and of course me. They clung when we went swimming, and hung wonderfuly low most of the time. Quite often, when there was a rare breeze, they billowed. I caught many glimpses as the boxers billowed, mostly his balls. They often lay out, planted on the picnic table as Arthur talked with his friends. He seemed oblivious, or just didn't care, either way, no one said a word no matter how little those boxers actually covered. I often thought I couldn't have been the only one in that small group to have paid such close attention to Arthur's boxers and the many openings and gaps that made those summer visits so memorable.
When I was profiling AANE Photography's work with Matt last month, (Corpus evanescente) there was this series of images of Matt that had me looking back fondly at Arthur, and my summer's on that farm. I am guessing most of us have an Arthur, and a memory of some billowing boxers in our past. If you want to see what's underneath Matt's blue boxer's, head on over to blurb and check out AANE PHOTOGRAPHY's book mɛn. In addition to enjoying all of Matt, there are also five other models to enjoy with a low priced instant PDF version ready for download!
With more than a bit of trepidation, I finally watched Grace & Frankie. I love Jane Fonda and Sam Waterston, but have never been a huge Martin Sheen fan. Lily Tomlin the actress I like, the comedian... without a script from another, never found her that funny. The reviews were not great, nor was the pilot, but if you managed to get through the first few episodes, the show did find it's groove.
I ended up really enjoying it, especially some of the great one liners. It is funny to me, that it was Tomlin's character that I found far more interesting than Fonda's and Martin Sheen was rather adorable as Robert. Their kids, although not given too much air time. were half interesting. June Diane Raphael and Ethan Embry were great but Brooklyn Decker and Baron Vaughn could be written off without missing a beat. Ernie Hudson, always a fine actor, was also incredibly sexy in his brief appearances.
By far however, my favorite character was Sol played by the talented, and adorable Sam Waterston. There was something so interesting watching this 70 something gay couple that I loved. Although the gay jokes often fell flat (really flat Marta...) but although I am about half Waterston's age, I loved seeing this older, interesting couple being depicted on TV. I would love to think that when I am 75, I might have a Sol to share my final chapter with.
Sam Waterston has been acting (and modeling... see below) since the mid sixties. One of the most talented, and busiest actors in the business, Waterston is so reliable he often gets less attention than some of his more flashy co-stars. Although I have since seen many of his older movies, I think I first took notice of Waterston when I was a teenager watching the beautiful, but short lived, I'll Fly Away.
Law & Order
Waterston has worked with almost everyone in the business and his leading ladies, in addition to Fonda and Tomlin run the spectrum from Katharine Hepburn through Reese Witherspoon. Waterston's talents have shined on Television, in movies and on stage and has been nominated for pretty much every major award from the Emmy, Tony, Golden Globe and the Oscar. Waterston won a Screen Actor's Award for his role on Law & Order and an Emmy for his time on I'll Fly Away.
Sam with Jeff Bridges in Rancho Deluxe (1975)
Sam Waterston has a quality, both authentic and appealing as well as caring and kind. It comes through in almost everyone of his roles. There are only a handful of actors almost everyone, regardless of age, can connect to over a project, but Waterston is certainly one of those actors. I would think it difficult to find anyone who hasn't at one time or another, fell just a wee bit in love with Waterston.
The Killing Fields (1984)
Sam with Reese Witherspoon in Man In The Moon (1991)
Sam with Glenn Close, Mary Beth Hurt and Simon Jones in Benefactors (1985)
Leading Ladies Loretta Swit and Stockard Channing
Sam with Katharine Hepburn in The Glass Menagerie(1973)
Sweet William: (1980)
Sam Waterston: The Model
'This is Sam Waterston. He's whip-thin, flop-haired, one quick scampy grin of a guy.'
It was interesting finding some old modeling images from Waterston's time as a model in the 60's. When starting out he was a part of many editorials shown in magazines like Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Mademoiselle.
Sort of a 'Summer Lovers for the 1960's, Three finds two college friends, traveling in Europe, finding themselves rivals for the attentions of a mysterious woman. The two friends are played by Sam Waterston and the equally appealing Australian actor Robie Porter. The beautiful woman, the beautiful Charlotte Rampling.
Written by Irwin Shaw based on his own short story, 'Then We Were Three', Waterston play Taylor an appealing and caring young guy, who sadly ends up being the third wheel in the triangle. I believe this to be Sam's only nude scene other than in the film Sweet William. The story in Three is both compelling and a little sad, but the location scenery makes for enjoyable viewing. I couldn't find a copy anywhere, but someone thankfully someone put the entire flick on YouTube which you can find HERE: The clip of Sam's naked dive into the ocean, I added below.