Monday, December 04, 2006

Ripped Torn

Awww. Felt Up (not-so) secret older man crush Rip Torn (please note: NOT RIP TAYLOR!) was arrested again for DWI in the state of New York, two years after beating the rap last time. From WCBS:
Actor Rip Torn, who was acquitted of drunken-driving charges two years ago in New York City, was arrested again Monday in the suburbs after a collision, state police said.

No one was hurt in the crash on Hardscrabble Road in North Salem, Trooper Edward Gillespie said. The 75-year-old character actor refused a sobriety test and would be arraigned on a charge of driving while intoxicated, Gillespie said...

In 2004, Torn was acquitted when jurors said the prosecution failed to prove that he was drinking before his fender-bender with a taxi. A police videotape showed Torn cursing and berating officers before turning down a sobriety test, but his lawyer said that was due to anger, not drinking.

When he was acquitted, he shook the hands of the male jurors, kissed the hands of the female jurors and said, "I love New York."

And Felt Up loves Rip Torn! If he had promised to kiss my hand I would have totally aquitted him even if he'd killed someone! I also love that he crashed his car on "Hardscrabble Road"--if it was a movie, it would strain credulity!

On a side note, Friend of Felt Up Terri R. and I saw "Marie Antoinette" over the weekend, and Rip was a delight. I just wanted more, more, more of him (as well as more of be-chubby-suited Jason Schwartzman); when Rip dies, so do the good times.

Here are his awesome mug shots. The first one is saucy (no pun intended--maybe) and looks like Rip is about to tell some tales of ribaldry to the photo-taker before passing out with his hand down some lady's blouse:

The second one is more heartbreaking, as it shows a more melancholy Rip, with a touch more sorrow and a soup├žon of an Emmet Kelly vibe--if Emmet Kelly was under arrest for drunk driving:


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