Posted by Jay Livingston
Peter O’Toole died on Saturday. His line that I most remember is from “My Favorite Year.” (For a plot summary, see the trailer here .)
The film is set in the live-TV era of the 1950s. Peter O’Toole is Alan Swann, an Errol-Flynn-style actor (“I’m not an actor, I’m a movie star”). When he’s not buckling swashes on screen, he is seducing women. Swann is charming when he’s sober, which is not often. He has come to New York for a week to appear on a live comedy show (all TV was live), and the film tracks that week.
The line is funnier heard than read – the writer’s New York Jewish accent contrasted with Swann’s elegant British speech.
Sy [unaware the Swann has just walked in] : Leo, it gets me sick to think we gotta put up with some washed-up jaboni who’s gonna be running around Central Park with his schlong hangin’ out!
Swann: My dear fellow, it’s my schlong and what I choose to do with it is my business.
Sy: So how’s business?
Swann: Never better.