David Letterman almost starred in Airplane!


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#2

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


#3

Glue Huffers Unite!


#4

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.


#5

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


#6

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


#7

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.


#8

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


#9

“Excuse me, stewardess; I speak Jive.”


#10

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


#11

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.

Thanks


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