Lewis’s humor — physical, gestural, a kind of exaggerated grotesque — transcends linguistic barriers in the same way as does Buster Keaton.
Orson Welles said that Buster Keaton’s ‘The General’ is ‘the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made.’ (He wasn’t far off. )
The next moment he’s Buster Keaton, and then he’s the Prince of Wales. He’s nervous and psychotic, and then he’s dark and intense. He changes the character constantly because Gatsby picks stuff up. He’s performing the character of Jay Gatsby.More quotes »