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David Warner fan since 1979, when I saw Time After Time, still one of my all-time favorite movies. My other favorite performances (off the top of my head right now) are Morgan, The Sea Gull, Straw Dogs, and Hostile Takeover, but he makes every film he's in better. (I just wish he had more screen time in some of the bad ones, lol.)

Update November 22, 2014: Lookee, I finally posted a profile pic! This was after seeing him in August of 2001 in "Major Barbara" on Broadway ... three weeks before 9/11. My now-late aunt took this photo in the days before selfies and was having trouble working my camera, so I was held captive in David Warner's grip for about five minutes and still remember it very vividly. I'm surprised I managed to maintain my composure as much as I did, cuz the moment he rounded the corner, I almost fainted and spent the next 24 hours floating on the ceiling thinking I could never be unhappy again! :D

The Marriott hotel we were staying at was next door to the World Trade Center and, needless to say, no longer exists, and I haven't been able to go near the site ever since then. (I have very close ties to NYC and can't even look at TV footage from that week.) I met him again on June 2, 2005, in Chichester, England, after a performance of King Lear ... and then the London bombings happened on 7/7. Which has made me wonder if my meeting David Warner is bad luck! I do think there's some element of Fate involved because I was sick "in hospital" having a gallbladder attack the entire 10 days I was in England in 2005 ... except for that one day in the middle when I had that ticket for King Lear! I had been released from the hospital that morning, drove from Tunbridge Wells to Chichester arriving about 10 minutes before the start of the play, and by 5 a.m. the next morning, I was on my way back to another hospital, getting released just in time to catch my flight home. (And my same aunt who saw Major Barbara with me met me during my six-hour layover in Newark, New Jersey, and wanted to hear all about the play and David Warner.)

Sadly, I haven't been back to the UK since and may never get another chance. The funny thing was, when I told David Warner I was there visiting from the US (cuz he was much more interested in talking about me than about himself), he asked, "You didn't come here just for this?" Oh no, I denied ... cuz I figured it would freak him out if I said yes, knowing how he shies away from overzealous fans. Actually, I was planning to go there anyway and had a very full itinerary, but it was the opportunity to see him live as King Lear that determined the timing of my trip. But, as it turned out, apart from my Adventures With the NHS, for some reason the only worthwhile part of my trip turned out to be seeing him as King Lear and meeting him afterwards ... apparently still slightly high on morphine since I was actually able to carry on a conversation with him and somehow found myself holding hands with him while we talked! I can still clearly hear his voice in my memory as he walked away to talk to the next person, calling back to me, "See you next time!" in what almost sounded like a half-sarcastic, distinctively DW-like tone. He was really sweet and friendly to me right up until I told him I thought he was the best King Lear I had seen, at which point he seemed to think I was just flattering him and started quizzing me on what other King Lears I had seen! Maybe I have no taste in King Lears, but I actually meant that I thought he was better than Paul Scofield and Laurence Olivier ... and--coincidentally, or was it ... Fate???--I had just got done studying the play in a college Shakespeare class the previous semester in which our "final exam" was to perform the last scene of the play. (I got to be the evil daughter Reagan.) Anyway, it really was a thrill to see the play performed live by a professional cast led by my favorite actor, and I still maintain he's the best King Lear I've ever seen. In fact, somewhere, I have a whole diary of my trip, and if he still wants to quiz me, I'll dig it up and explain WHY! :P

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Reply Michaela
2:35 PM on July 29, 2013 
Hi Susan!!! Hope you´re well! Wonderful site, isn´t it? Would be great to hear from you! Best regards! :D