Tom Stade on India
And it’s another enormous day for Hollywood, as yet more fine actors plan an evening of vodka jelly, moon pie, hash cakes, egg sandwiches spiked with Acid, and, of course, the world famous Birthday Song. Ed Norton, Christian Slater, Robert Redford, and Roman Polanski will all be wearing the sparkling cone hat and tearing into big parcels. As will Patrick Swayze, who is turning 56. And what a 56 years so far. He’s starred in two of the finest films of our time – Point Break, as a surfer with serious philosophical leanings (“fear causes hesitation, and hesitation will cause your worst fears to come true”, “if you want the ultimate, you’ve got to be willing to pay the ultimate price”, “back off Warchild, seriously”) and Dirty Dancing, in which he instructed a very confused middle-aged father to never allow his daughter a corner seat. Dancing ensued. Dirty Dancing. Hence, we thought we’d get him a gift, one part Happy Birthday, and another part wishing him luck against the dreaded cancer, and after a very serious sit down conversation it boiled down to a toss up between a ceramic duck or a clip of Canadian funny man Tom Stade talking about India. In the end we got him both. Happy Birthday Patrick Swayze!