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Ernest Borgnine on the Bus

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Uploaded on Jun 1, 2008

Here's the first ten minutes of my road trip documentary called ERNEST BORGNINE ON THE BUS, shot in 1995, and released on Good Times Home Video. Long out of print, I have to buy vhs copies on Ebay. But sometime soon, I hope to have the full 50 minute version on DVD.

JUST IN: click here to watch the full 50 minute version
http://vimeo.com/3894936

We were originally going to make a tv series called ERNEST BORGNINE ON TOUR since Ernie traveled in a bus not unlike one that'd carry a rock band. And Ernie actually drove it! It was going to be part road trip, part real people meet and greet, and part showbiz memory lane, but we were too early for the reality tv craze. Wotta shame.

Produced and Directed by Jeff Krulik.
Co-Created by Brendan Conway.

Ernest Borgnine was a blast to work with, and I'm so glad he's still acting. His autobiography comes out in July. The title was originally called I DON'T WANT TO SET THE WORLD ON FIRE, I JUST WANT TO KEEP MY NUTS WARM (no joke!), but the marketing powers that be prevailed. It's now just called ERNIE.

BORGNINE FORCED TO CHANGE BOOK TITLE
Posted in: Entertainment — PR-inside Entertainment News

Movie veteran ERNEST BORGNINE was forced to change the name of his upcoming biography after publishers balked at his crude title.
The Oscar-winning Marty star suggested a title that he picked up from a New York nut vendor at the beginning of career - and adopted as his lifelong motto.
But publishers feared he'd offend too many people with the quirky title.
He explains, "It was I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire, I Just Want To Keep My Nuts Warm. The book people said if you use that title in the Midwest (America), the people won't buy it because they're Bible people, so they made it just Ernie.
"The way that title came about was I was walking down 10th Avenue in New York City in a chilly November cursing myself that I couldn't get any work.
"The only one working was Charlton Heston because he was a good looking guy and I'm bemoaning my fate as suddenly I smell hot chestnuts from a street vendor. I got closer to smell the chestnuts because I couldn't afford to buy them and I saw the sign on the vendor's cart.
"That became my philosophy on life and the title of my book." Ernie will hit bookstores in August (08).

From the Army Archerd Archive/VARIETY

By ARMY ARCHERD, Thurs., Dec. 20, 2007, 8:48pm PT



GOOD MORNING and congratulations Oscar (and Daily Variety poll) winners ... Nomination for the most excited man in the theatre went to Burt Lancaster who nearly did a full flip each time a "Marty" winner was announced. Kim Novak, who made one of the last of the grand entrances, would have won the cleavage award if there was one ... Most emotional winner was Ernest Borgnine, who thanked his mother, father and lovely wife for their support of his acting career. And on the next morning (March 23): "Marty's" Party: H-L (Hecht-Lancaster) coulda won another award Wednesday night for the best party of the season. Their Crystal Room-Beverly Hills Hotel post-Academy romp was something a Bronx butcher dreams about. Even Bernie Richards augmented his combo from three to eight musicians. Jack Benny didn't waste any time when dancing with Kim Novak ... Borgnine was so happy, he was even dancing the rumba with his mother-in-law. Mr. B. has a piece of "Marty." That, it seems, must be a choice cut ... (2007 Update: Ernie is now savoring the success of his performance in Hallmark's "A Grandpa For Christmas" which garnered him a Golden Globe nomination (he won a Globe for "Marty"). He will be 91 Jan. 24 and tells me "The minute the Writers Guild strike is over, I'm going back to work. I'm now again 'Mr. Borgnine'." He now tells me he never got "a piece" of "Marty." "I got a seven-year contract with H-L and they wanted to put me in small parts -- one of them was in 'Sweet Smell of Success' with Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis. I refused and took a suspension -- and paid them off -- to get out of my contract. All I got for 'Marty' was $5,000." He's writing his autobiography for release (by Kensington) in October. The title: "I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire -- I Just Want To Keep My Nuts Warm." The title, he laughs, is inspired by his own life, standing in front of a chestnut vendor on Fifth Avenue on a cold, wintry, hungry day 50 years ago.)

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