I will tell the story again .. not for you , but perhaps ..for me. So my dear friend, Morgan Sheppard was in the RADA with this young man . Morgan being Irish was always cast in roles that fed into his Irish roots.. and he resented this immensley. Along comes O' Toole , though being Irish , he played a gentleman well .. do the math . So about 1961 on an RSC break they are doing a community theater number in a small chamber in Southern England .. perhaps it was Falmourth or Corwall , for even now it escapes me . He and Peter were doing a show in the ever most small arenas.. The rehearsals were going poorly and finally Peter blew up ! He shouted at his second lead , Morgan .." If you or anyone could ACT , this may be something! " Morgan replied " If you were in #charachter
and not Jesus performing on a bicycle we would have a play ! " . They came to " fist a cuffs " and the play went South from there. Morgan said to me " John can you imagine RADA actors being closed down in God awful Falmouth in two weeks ?? " . So .. so times changed quick and a totally unknown named Peter O'Toole does .. well he does " Lawrence " ... and the World changed. So it's now 1963 and Morgan is doing a successful comedy on the west end . There is uproarious laughter every night.. but one night he here's that voice . The laughter of HIS voice . Morgan thinks .. " could it be ? COULD IT BE ? !! " The play ends .. and Morgan is alone and slips out the side door into a dank alley .. it is damp and wet . And he looks down the alley and sees " him " . It is Peter . Peter ! Morgan said to me , " Life had changed and he was now anointed. I saw his silhouette and new it was him ... He walked strutted towards me wearing the most gorgeous of camel haired trench coats .. just he and I . I barked out " You're on my patch now, mate ! But then suddenly he rushed up as I reared back with my right and I saw his face .. tension was gone . He grabbed. balmy face with both his hands and kissed me on the lips! Reared his head back and bellowed " I never knew you were that good ! " . Another lovely story of the way actors .. real actors , interface with each other .
#peterotoole #morgansheppard #rsc