Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Bernie Mac

Contrary to popular opinion, I never thought Bernie Mac was a great actor….he was funny, but not a great actor. Bernie was great at playing Bernie Mac, the best. As the kids say, ‘he kept it real’. Bernie’s characters always stated what they had on their mind, just as Bernie did.

Bernie’s standup performances reached a crescendo in the “Kings of Comedy” series along with Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley and Cedric the Entertainer. My favorite Bernie Mac movies are the Ocean series with George Clooney, Don Cheadle, Brad Pitt and the guys. And I was looking forward to an Ocean 14.

Bernie, unfortunately, stepped on some toes at an Obama function in Chicago last month. Our presumptive presidential nominee had to, quickly; get on stage to repair the sensibilities of some of the highbrow attendees. It reminded me of the Chris Rock movie, Head of State, where Bernie played the brother of Chris’ character who was running for president, too….it was hilarious!

My father lived with sarcoidoses, too. I understand life living with this mysterious respiratory disease. Thank you, Bernie for sharing your brief time with us. You made us laugh, you made us cry… will be missed!

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