David Letterman almost starred in Airplane!

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If he’d gotten the part, that would have been the wrong day to stop sniffing glue.


Glue Huffers Unite!

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As good as Letterman is at deadpan delivery I think it’s Robert Hays’s leading man looks and deadpan delivery that made Ted Striker.


Why did he screen test for the role two years after the movie was released? Seems like an odd time to do it.


That was an error, thanks. 1982 was the year that Letterman showed this clip on TV…

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I remember him appearing on Mork & Mindy. Late night TV would look a lot different today if his acting career had taken off.

The same goes for Jon “Death to Smoochy” Stewart.

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I saw his performance in Cabin Boy. Things worked out for the best.


“Excuse me, stewardess; I speak Jive.”

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I had no idea Letterman’s drinking problem was so bad.

Just a point of personal privilege: the video displayed above was “appropriated” from an expanded video I had uploaded on YouTube last October. It consists of the complete interview with the Zuckers and Abraham plus the audition reel. Here’s that link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPwNVG14OIM

Thursday morning I re-upped an edit of that October video: just the audition clip plus the conversation that preceded it. That’s here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZt3-BW2334

I would have had no problem had the uploader acknowledged his source – me – but he didn’t. He just took what I had made available for the first time since the interview aired on March 15, 1982, and then credited himself for this “first-time ever” exposure.


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