Friday, January 15, 2010

True Story

I can not stop thinking about Pat Robertson's remarks about Haiti. Not that I give a shit about anything that Pat Robertson has to say, but that in the midst of his talk about the Haiti/Satan connection he said, "true story." And the way he said it was amazing, with what seemed like sincerity and the burden of being a giver of bad news, the bad news being "a pact to the devil" not the devastation.

Every moment people are constructing truth and fact, but his was a shocking statement to me just on the qualifier "true story."

From The Godfather (1972)...

Kay Adams: Michael, you never told me you knew Johnny Fontane!

Michael: Sure, you want to meet him?

Kay Adams: Well, yeah! Sure.

Michael: My father helped him with his career.

Kay Adams: How did he do that?

Michael: ...Let's listen to the song.

Kay Adams: [after listening to Johnny for a while] Tell me, Michael. Please.

Michael: Well, when Johnny was first starting out, he was signed to a personal services contract with this big-band leader. And as his career got better and better, he wanted to get out of it. But the band leader wouldn't let him. Now, Johnny is my father's godson. So my father went to see this bandleader and offered him $10,000 to let Johnny go, but the bandleader said no. So the next day, my father went back, only this time with Luca Brasi. Within an hour, he had a signed release for a certified check of $1000.

Kay Adams: How did he do that?

Michael: My father made him an offer he couldn't refuse.

Kay Adams: What was that?

Michael: Luca Brasi held a gun to his head, and my father assured him that either his brains or his signature would be on the contract.

Kay Adams: ...

Michael: ...That's a true story.

[cut to Johnny singing again for about 10 more seconds before going back to Michael]

Michael: That's my family Kay, that's not me.


neb said...

The high rate of ignorance among people who watch televangelists is a curse because of their pact with Santa.

True story.

ZS said...

That story is 100% true, and I am sure about it because I heard it from the same friend's cousin who told me about Jerry Penacoli.

Anonymous said...

how about when George Brett dropped "true story"?

ZS said...

Good one, brother! That's my favorite "true story."