William Helmer Q&A #7

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William Helmer Q&A #7

Unread postby Liz » Sun Aug 09, 2009 12:52 pm

ONBC: What was your favorite part of the book? What made you laugh the hardest? (I'll go out on a limb here and assume that you found parts to be highly entertaining.)

WH: The Crown Point wooden-pistol escape cracked me up, especially when he motored out of town singing “Git along, li’l doggies, git along.” His personality and style in general were remarkable in that he “hid in plain sight,” and in taverns would joke with those who said he looked just like Dillinger (he’d laugh and tell them it happens all the time). At a ball game he saw Piquett and waved to him, yelling “Hi, Counselor!”, which freaked out Piquett and he assigned O’Leary to keep Dillinger out of sight and out of trouble.
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Re: William Helmer Q&A #7

Unread postby nebraska » Sun Aug 09, 2009 10:35 pm

That reminds me of some of Johnny's tales where people tell him he looks like Johnny Depp and they finally ask him and he says ok, I'm Johnny Depp and they say no! you're not! :lol:

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Re: William Helmer Q&A #7

Unread postby Liz » Mon Aug 10, 2009 11:10 am

nebraska wrote:That reminds me of some of Johnny's tales where people tell him he looks like Johnny Depp and they finally ask him and he says ok, I'm Johnny Depp and they say no! you're not! :lol:

I can't even imagine. :lol:
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Re: William Helmer Q&A #7

Unread postby gemini » Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:59 pm

I agree that it was most entertaining when he was in plain site making fun of the system. I liked when he was at the World Fair and asked a cop to take his photo. It tells a lot of his nature that he liked to poke fun at law enforcement even sending them post cards.

He truly loved making his opponents, in his game of life, look foolish. He lived up to his nickname , "the jack rabbit" for leaping over counters and his many escapes from the police. Actually, it worked too well because he made Hoover so upset he became obsessed with getting him.
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Re: William Helmer Q&A #7

Unread postby fansmom » Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:42 pm

nebraska wrote:That reminds me of some of Johnny's tales where people tell him he looks like Johnny Depp and they finally ask him and he says ok, I'm Johnny Depp and they say no! you're not! :lol:
I'd never heard that. Pretty funny! :lol:

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Re: William Helmer Q&A #7

Unread postby nebraska » Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:24 pm

fansmom wrote:
nebraska wrote:That reminds me of some of Johnny's tales where people tell him he looks like Johnny Depp and they finally ask him and he says ok, I'm Johnny Depp and they say no! you're not! :lol:
I'd never heard that. Pretty funny! :lol:


I saw it on one of the video clips here at the Zone, maybe one of the endless interviews he had to do for PE.

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Re: William Helmer Q&A #7

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Wed Aug 12, 2009 8:48 pm

The incident at the World's Fair would have been a fun scene to see in the movie.
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