Leslie Nielsen’s “Ben Hur” Screen Test

In lieu of the actor’s passing, here’s his screen test for Ben Hur.  I know this is a drama and that Nielsen began his career as a serious leading man, but it’s hard to watch this clip and not think that it’s a parody of the old sword & sandal movies Hollywood used to churn out.  Such is the legacy of Leslie Nielsen’s comedy career.  Even when he was being serious we still feel like he was telling a joke.  [via Hollywood Reporter]

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