In an episode of "The Twilight Zone" ('The Bard', Season 4, Episode 18), William Shakespeare (John Williams) is conjured up in 1963 to help a flop of a writer make his way onto the television screen. When he goes to visit the set, he meets his character, Jeremy, who is a little different than the way he wrote him to be. Jeremy is portrayed by an actor by the name of Rocky Rhodes, who was portrayed by none other than Burt Reynolds. Here's how it played out:
Shakespeare: Jeremy is a lad of 19.
Rocky: Yeah, well, we changed all that. I mean a guy who feels love ain't 19 years old. The guy who plays Jeremy has to know what it's all about, a mature guy who knows the score, a guy with some 'zazz,' a guy with some moxie, a guy who understands tertiary motivation. Rocky is my name, Rocky Rhodes. You probably saw me in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."
Shakespeare: "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"? And what, perchance, would that be?
And, of course, we know who was "the guy with some 'zazz,' a guy with some moxie." Why, he brought down the house at the Morosco Theatre in 1955. As you can imagine, the episode was written by Rod Serling. Watch it on CBS All Access.
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