Arizona Daily Star from Tucson, Arizona on February 9, 1984 · Page 40
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Arizona Daily Star from Tucson, Arizona · Page 40

Tucson, Arizona
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Thursday, February 9, 1984
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nfrsrtainmenit D $fjc Arizona Bmln Star Tucson, Thursday, February 9, 1984 Page Eight Character actor Sorrell Booke is high on Hogg despite it all r - ".' : x. pupillllWUWiiiiyiiii ii niyi iw!Ym i i -iii ,ii,iiuii, n . -i . .. -f 1 . . x v , , : ft'.- . i i By Robert S. Cauthorn The Arizona Daily Star Sorrell Booke was having a bad day. His plane was late, his hotel reservations were fouled up and the room-service menu was a slim offering. But his public was adoring. Sorrell Booke is famous. Although you might not recognize the name, his face almost certainly is familiar. The character actor counts his roles on television, the theater and movies in the hundreds; but the sharp edge of his current celebrity is his role as Jefferson Davis Hogg the weak, corrupt, and occasionally lovable Boss Hogg on CBS's "The Dukes of Hazzard." Booke had just spent several hours entertaining last weekend's throngs at the "World of Wheels." Although some television personalities might view it as a burden, Booke likes to get out and meet the fans. "I usually spend an hour and a half per session longer than usual," he said. "I really enjoy meeting the audience of our show. . . . They bring me such good feelings." Even though he has been making such appearances for four years, Booke said he still enjoys being with the fans. The Boss Hogg character is not such a nice guy, but, curiously, he is very popular particularly among the children who make up the largest portion of the show's audience. Booke feels Boss Hogg avoids being written off as a villain because of the way in which he is played. Booke's Boss Hogg is not really evil, just prone to temptation. He suffers from all of the seven deadly sins, such as envy, pride, lust and gluttony. People somehow understand the rather bizarre proposition that Boss Hogg's only real flaw is a weakness for other flaws, and Booke said they love him for it. "Kids say, 'I like what you like, Boss: food and money,' " he said. Of course, the Dukes, the show's good ol' boys, ultimately prevail, delivering a message on the way. " 'The Dukes of Hazzard' is a story of the triumph of virtue over corruption," Booke said. He defends the "Dukes" and shows like it from charges that they pander to the lowest commom denominator. "Television only reflects the rest of the country," he said. Booke maintains that there is more to his series than fast cars, cleft chins and ample bosoms. The "Dukes" deliver good entertainment and a message, and those are valuable contributions, he said. Regardless of how people might feel about the show, few could challenge Booke's own pedigree. He started show business at age 9 with a radio show in his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. At 19, he graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor's degree, and went to the Yale School of Drama, where he received his master's. After the service, Booke returned to the theater. Known for his skill with dialects and characterizations, Booke has acted in more than 100 plays and 150 television shows. His exhaustion Saturday was partly caused by a major change in his life he is in the middle of moving into a new house, the first since the series started six years ago. Booke's move reflects a hobby moving into and restoring rundown houses. "I'm kind of a do-it-yourselfer," he said. "I prefer a house that has deteriorated somewhat. . . . Then I like to fix it up." Booke is confident that the series will be renewed for another season, in spite of falling popularity in recent years. He is busy studying scripts for this season's shooting, which is scheduled to resume in a few weeks, and trying to make each part of his chaotic schedule mesh. "Films, especially television, is done by the seat of the pants," he said. ,-- Vt j?''', - i si . l t . r . . I - ---- t"-- J 1 Sorrell Booke: The art of being a bad character Ron Medvetcek.The Arizona Daily Star Popular Japanese male star is the saving grace of 'Demon Pond By Jacqi Tully The Arizona Daily Star "The Demon Pond," Masahiro Shinoda's 1979 Japanese fable, is part theater, part circus, part disaster picture. Extravagant and stylized, it is also bizarre, convoluted, numbingly slow on occasion, stagnant when its cameras move into the studio, and primitive in its special effects. But it is remarkable for its lead performer. Tamasaburo Bando is hugely popular in his country as an "onnagata" Review (female impersonator) and Kabuki star of extraordinary dimensions. He has performed every major heroine in the Kabuki repertory in Japan and has even flexed his talents as Lady MacBeth and Desdemona. In "The Demon Pond," Bando plays two women, Yuri, the willowy and shy villager, and Princess Shirayuki, the flamboyantly attired embodiment of the Dragon God who lives at the bottom of a lake with the mud creatures. The story, set in 1933, and based on a tale by an early 20th-century Japanese fantasy writer, Kyoka Izumi, concerns a science teacher who takes his summer vacation in the hinterlands, eagerly tracking down the infamous Demon Pond. While doing so, he unknowingly wanders into a drought-stricken village where, much to his surprise, he discovers his best friend who had mysteriously deserted Tokyo three years earlier. His friend, Akira, now wears a white wig and ceremoniously rings the village bell every day, thus preventing the great flood from washing away the whole region, not to mention its inhabitants. Akira is also married to Yuri. Life is strange but simple. Odd doings occur when the sun goes down. Carps and crabs appear. A catfish talks to the princess in the forest. The villagers go into a frenzy about the lack of rain. Led by a Shinto priest and a ratty imperialist who wears white gloves and smokes a cigar, they decide that a human sacrifice to the Dragon God will solve their problems and produce rain. . The rest of the events unfold with chaos, color and drama. "The Demon Pond" is nothing if not idiosyncratic in its style, and even substance. This is like a science-fiction story with political underpinnings and some "Star Wars" creatures thrown in for thematic flourish. Shinoda, a masterful director, has complete control of his material. This is how he wants it. Eerie and reverberating with the gloomy sense that we are at the mercy of history and fate, "The Demon Pond" may not embrace its audiences for its .narrative, or even its singularly eyebrow-raising visual allure. But Bando is a marvel, so utterly convincing in both of his roles that the uninitiated would never think him anything but a delicate, and curiously seductive woman. "The Demon Pond," which has never shown in Tucson, plays tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30 and 10 p.m. at the University of Arizona Gallagher Theater. READINGS by ALICE PALM & PSYCHIC ALL READINGS WITH THIS AD MO00 FOR APPT. 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