Orson Welles is essentially known for three things: 1) making The Greatest Movie Of All Time with “Citizen Kane” 2) forever being plagued by a variety of issues on pretty much every movie he made afterward (weep for the lost 30 minutes of “The Magnificent Ambersons“) and 3) making a handful of bizarre ads in the latter stage of his career.
You already know about his infamous frozen peas ad or his numerous Carlsberg spots, but what you may not know about is his ad for the board game Dark Tower, dug up by io9. If you were a total dork as a kid like this writer, you probably played this game, which was trying to cash in the Dungeons & Dragons fad of the time with a medieval war pursuit all centered around a big battery operated tower. It was actually pretty neat, but once the massive battery needed for that tower died, the game wasn’t exciting enough to find a battery for it. Anyway, it sounds way more awesome when Orson Welles talks about it.
In related news, Orson Welles’ Oscar for Best Screenplay (for “Citizen Kane”) — which has passed through a few hands over the decades — is going up for auction on December 20th, reports THR. And apparently nobody knows what it’s worth as its expected to fetch anywhere from $60,000 to $1 million bucks. It’ll make quite the stocking stuffer.