A Couple Paul Newman Classics
in the 1989 movie, “Blaze,” Paul Newman plays Earl K. Long the governor of Louisiana who is also the subject of a wonderful book by the brilliant A. J. Liebling called, aptly enough, The Earl of Louisiana.
The movie is centered on Long’s love affair with the stripper Blaze Starr, played by Loita Davidovich.
As Blaze precedes Earl long through a doorway, Newman says: “If I could walk like that, I’d walk everywhere I went.”
Later, as he tries to have sex with her he looks beneath him and says to the pertinent part of his anatomy: “You ain’t on the state payroll. Now wake up!”
The movie was written and directed by Ron Shelton.
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