If you speak on the radio, the microphone can be an unfair yet required editor. You speak, it plays back into your ears, and the judgement begins.
Forget the judgement around the room. At the moment, that doesn’t even matter. What does comes down to the instant recognition that something was mispronounced. There’s no going back once it’s out there. The piece of paper stuck to the wall, and the racing dogs have been unleashed.
Frank just about always catches it. If not, Dan Strauss or Tim Woodburn will, and Limey is no slouch either. It’s happened with Charlize THERON or Ryan GOSLING, and you can either play it off as a learning experiment (the stares from around the room don’t always make that easy) or just start making fun of yourself and get ahead of the curve.
For years, I’ve internally debated on how to say Aaron SORKIN! The last name was the holdup. Seemingly easy but secretly complex, it’s not just an easy synch for every soul. You can slice it up into two parts: Sor and Kin. Or you can drop the s and make it a z, saying essentially ZORKIN! That’s how it sounded out of my mouth in the end, so I’m sticking to it. Some people don’t want to say Scorsese the proper way (it’s not the very smooth-sounding version). It’s not easy to say Chiwetel Ejiofor either. We all have our hardships, but as they say, the show always goes on.
I reviewed Sorkin’s new film about the legendary trial that occurred after the riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. Expect to see many Oscar nominations next year, because the film delivers on its trailer and promise.
There was more fun, calls (one about SORKIN!), and reviews this past week on The Large Morning Show in The Afternoon with Frank O. Pinion. You can listen to the whole segment here.
One. More. Week. Left.