DailyView: Day 340, Movie 485
Wrestlemania 38 night one was tremendous and the DailyView is continuing on with another wrestling film that I had not heard of before that featured former professional wrestler/manager “Classy” Freddie Blassie and comedian Andy Kaufman at a restaurant, meeting and eating breakfast while offending customers everywhere.
This was also found on YouTube, much like yesterday’s Kayfabe film.
This took place at Sambo’s restaurant around the time when Andy Kaufman was involved in Memphis wrestling and Jerry “The King” Lawler. The film is a parody of “My Dinner with Andre” as Kaufman and Blassie had a discussion over breakfast.
Reportedly, this was mostly an improvisational film with the two men interacting with each other and the other customers, mostly of whom are real people. There are a few exceptions such as Kaufman’s friend and “co-conspirator” Bob Zmuda.
Fred Blassie is quite a character, and, while Kaufman was playing, I am not sure if what we saw was anything but exactly what Blassie was like. He was outspoken and some of his opinions were certainly not 2022 opinions.
It was funny and totally like one of Kaufman’s performance art pieces. It is a weird experience featuring two of the biggest characters of the 1970/80s.