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The day Jerry Lewis (finally) talked
about ´The Day the Clown Cried´

Entertainment Weekly, by Chris Nashawaty

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Posted By:JoniTx, 8/20/2013 6:05:29 AM

Some mysteries just get juicier with age. At least, that’s how it felt on Aug. 10, when a seven-minute clip from an old Dutch TV documentary about the making of Jerry Lewis’ 1972 “lost” film, The Day the Clown Cried, was posted on YouTube by someone calling himself “Unclesporkums.” Back in 2009, I interviewed Lewis in his Las Vegas office about his career and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award he was slated to receive at that year’s Oscar telecast. The star, then 82, was gracious and chatty. That is, until I asked him about The Day the Clown Cried, a

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Rather Read, 8/20/2013 6:56:41 AM     (No. 9482107)

He can´t talk without dropping f-bombs galore. What a crude man.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Judith, 8/20/2013 7:35:47 AM     (No. 9482155)

Recently, I have seen several articles about this. Why is this coming up now? It seems as though someone is targeting this old man before either they or he dies.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 8/20/2013 7:43:59 AM     (No. 9482168)

There´s that old Jewish saying...

"If life hands you a lemon, make lemonade."

I´m betting this film is a lemon and Jerry is still squeezing after all these years.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 8/20/2013 7:52:02 AM     (No. 9482181)

Or on second thought, whatever the quality of the film, Jerry may just be refusing to let himself or any one else make a dime from a movie depicting the Holocaust, a truly selfless and humanitarian act.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: PChristopher, 8/20/2013 8:01:57 AM     (No. 9482197)

This guy has rubbed my fur the wrong way since I first saw him when I was a kid. Jim Carrey is the same way, thinking that stupid equals funny, and it doesn´t. They love Jerry in France, though, which explains a lot.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: earlybird, 8/20/2013 9:06:24 AM     (No. 9482310)

My sons adored Jerry Lewis. Then one evening he treated the 7 year old very badly for no reason. A gentlemanly little boy treated rudely by a surly, profane man who had been his idol on film. It made me sick.

I have never been able to stand him since then. All of his "humanity" and "good nature" are a facade. Underneath he is as meanspirited as his profane language.

Toward the end of his film career he made bombs. This is probably one of them.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: lylacat, 8/20/2013 10:19:28 AM     (No. 9482467)

Jerry Lewis was like many in Hollywood, they projected this image, but in real life they were bad people. I remember reading the article by his son who told the world how vile Jerry Lewis really was; he beat his son with a garden hose, and his children lived in fear of him. He was the star of the March of Dimes for years, and he was caught mocking these disabled children off camera. No Jerry Lewis was not a loving clown in real life.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Videodrone, 8/20/2013 7:53:21 PM     (No. 9483284)

volunteered & worked his Telethon until the time he was actually did a segment local and had some backstage time up close and personal.

There are some truly genuinely nice folks in the biz but they tend to be the exception rather than the rule and far more so for those who spend their time on the front side of the camera lens

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