RIP Mr Ben. (11-29-12)

It has been a bumpy month and taken a lot of strength for me to sit down to write this news…

The incredible and unforgettable Mr Ben has passed on…

Mr Ben’s 82nd birthday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I first met him while working with Randy DeShong for a theater production (Loves Labors Wonne). I was lucky to get to do Mr Ben’s makeup (as a poor servant.) I’d help him onto stage in the pitch dark, so I’d closely hear his performance from just behind the curtains nightly. Each night he’d begin by sweeping the stage, then after a dramatic pause he’d exclaim out “WHAT A FUCKIN MESS!”…

 

It always had the biggest laugh and was a great example of a true master of his craft. He would continue to refine the subtle nuances to nail it home further night after night… Every time sending a shiver up my spine while simultaneously causing me to laugh loudly along with the crowd.

 

Soon several of the cast and I would explore shooting a scene for A Tribute to Sanity. Mr Ben first portrayed my films character years later in his final moment, living with the regret of having killed his only true love. It is a scene that haunts me to this day, especially after having spent months by his side. Largely reminiscent of the scene in the film. The subject matter is far removed, but the scenario rings loudly. Forever embodied in neo-celluloid…

 

Ten years ago we sparked a relationship that rarely occurs. I will never forget all Mr Ben has done for me, for magGot Films and for all those whom had the pleasure of meeting him. He was a ‘true survivor’ as our mutual film maker friend Tom Tully put it when I rang to tell him the news. Mr Ben has created an enormous ripple in the 82 years he graced us with his physical presence. Now he will continue to inspire through his on screen performances, his memoir (The Dream Never Dies: The Life of a Working Actor) and his children’s book (Plato The Platypus)…

 

On set of Manna.

Long live Mr Ben. I love you… Merry Christmas.

Here’s last years magGot Christmas Special… This is by far one of my favorite moments I was honored to have captured with Mr. Ben…

 

This years magGot Christmas Special… a tribute to Mr Ben:

 

This years magGot X-Mas Corner… A devilish tribute to Mr Ben:

 

The new teaser for Our Devil’s Night… Shipping early 2013. Includes one of Mr Ben’s favorite characters. Just in time for the holidays: