Wednesday, March 6, 2013

What is the Greatest Joy? Lizardo's Inspirational Speech in Buckaroo Banzai (1984)

One day there will be a real post about the following scene.  It is of Dr. Emilio Lizardo giving a speech to his fellow aliens in the style of Mussolini (more of a parody of Mussolini, I suppose).

The movie, Buckaroo Banzai into the 8th Dimension (1984) is a classic in its genre and this is John Lithgow giving a great performance for what is a very low budget movie.  It is always the most fun to play the villain.

The famous Scott Squires who is getting around a lot as a spokesperson for visual effects, a voice of reason in an unreasonable world, was one of the founders of Dreamquest Imagery that worked on the effects for this film, with effects supervisor for the production none other than my friend Mike Fink.

I love this speech.

He says something like this:

Whorfin: Lec's are on this planet, here in New Jersey, coming to destroy us. We must act, escape or die! We must work faster to finish the great vehicle itself, so we can enter the 8th dimension and free our trapped comrades, so we can return home and seize power once again! What is the greatest joy?
Workers: The Joy of Duty!
Whorfin: Louder!
Workers: The Joy of Duty!
Whorfin: History is made at night. Character is what you are in the dark. We must work while the clock she is ticking!
Worker: Lord Whorfin destroy them!
Whorfin: We Hide!  They Seek!
Worker: Death to the Black Lectroids!
Whorfin: Where are we going?
Workers: Planet 10!
Whorfin: When?
Workers: Real soon!

The Red Lectroids Cheer!

Buckaroo Banzai on IMDB:

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