O'Toole's airing of his dirty laundry a grave matter
LYNNE KELLEHER IRISH actor Peter O'Toole has decided on an off-the-wall epitaph for his tombstone.
The 74-year-old, who was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his new movie, Venus, said he chose the unusual slogan - It Distresses Me To Return Work That Is Not Perfect - in the 1960s.
O'Toole, who lived on the Sky road outside Clifden, Co Galway, described how he stumbled across the phrase to sum up his life after sending his favourite leather jacket to the cleaners.
He said: "In the 1960s I had a leather jacket I was inordinately fond of, and my wife sent it to the cleaners because it was covered in blood and Guinness and scotch and Corn Flakes, the usual . . .
"It came back with a large notice pinned on it: 'It distresses us to return work which is not perfect', so I want that on my tombstone. That's my epitaph!"
The star, who was interviewed on David Letterman's Late Show in the US, has been nominated for an Oscar seven times and is expected to get another nod this year.
O'Toole, who plays an older man mentoring a younger woman in the movie Venus, revealed how he and the late actor, Peter Finch, bought an Irish pub in the early hours of the morning in order to get served more alcohol.
He said: "My friend, the late Peter Finch, and I were in Dublin together on the lash.
" It was about four in the morning and there was a tiny little hole-in-the-wall bar, so we thought we'd just drop in for a last one.
"We had a couple of drinks and the barman said we had had enough - so we bought the bar! When we went in the next day, the barman was such a sweet guy he hadn't bothered cashing the cheques.
"He gave them to us and we tore them up and he told us to behave ourselves."
The actor, who has been critically acclaimed for his performance in Venus, said he loved making the movie.
"It's quite a remarkable film about a dirty old man and a sluttish young woman.
"You can guess which part is mine.
"It's an examination of those clichés. It's a really beautiful story."