Mon, 24 Oct 2005

Anyone watch the new Trudeau mini-series on CBC last night? It’s all about Trudeau’s early years as a world-travelling intellectual playboy. I assumed the show would be idiotic, but it’s kind of fun. The filmmakers nicely capture what an infuriating, arrogant sonofabitch he could be. I missed the first hour, so I didn’t have to endure any cheap psychoanalysis about his relationship with his mother. I tuned in just as he was returning from his round-the-world tour. Here’s the two-minute version:

TRUDEAU FRIEND #1: Ah, pity poor Pierre! So brilliant, but so contentious.

TRUDEAU FRIEND #2: I love him, but sometimes he makes me so angry!

Enter Trudeau, with an absurd beard, walking on his hands.

TRUDEAU: Hello, my friends.

FRIEND #1: Ha ha, Pierre, always making a spectacle of yourself.

TRUDEAU: By no means! It’s a habit I picked up in the Punjab.

FRIEND #2: Well, you’ve arrived just in time for our meeting with a Highly Important Political Figure. Now, Pierre, you must restrain your superior intellect and be courteous when you greet our guest!

TRUDEAU: Of course, of course.

Enter a Highly Important Political Figure. Friends #1 & #2 kiss his ring. Trudeau hangs back, stroking his absurd beard.

FRIENDS #1 & #2: Your excellency!

HIGHLY IMPORTANT POLITICAL FIGURE: I’m sorry I’m late, I was delayed by a crowd of ignorant soup-eating Frenchmen.

TRUDEAU: Perhaps if our countrymen had a taste of the democracy they were promised, they would lose their taste for soup.

HIGHLY IMPORTANT POLITICAL FIGURE: Why, I never!

The Highly Important Political Figure storms out.

FRIEND #1: Pierre, you will never get ahead with an attitude like that!

TRUDEAU [in lotus position]: Perhaps not, my friend. Perhaps not.

He hops in a canoe and paddles out of the room.

FRIEND #2: Ah, Pierre, Pierre! He infuriates me so!

FRIEND #1: And yet we love him.

FRIEND #2: Yes, we love him.

END CREDITS.

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Michael A. Charles is a writer, animator, and musician currently living in the Vancouver area.

Michael is the singer and guitarist for the band known as Sea Water Bliss and the creator of Garson Hampfield, Crossword Inker.

You can find many of Michael's videos on the Gallery page.

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