Donald Faison On Clueless
Claire Miles - October 10, 2019

Lester

By Shel Silverstein

Lester was given a magic wish
By the goblin who lives in the banyan tree,
And with his wish he wished for two more wishes-
So now instead of just one wish, he cleverly had three.
And with each one of these
He simply wished for three more wishes,
Which gave him three old wishes, plus nine new.
And with each of these twelve
He slyly wished for three more wishes,
Which added up to forty-six -- or is it fifty-two?
Well anyway, he used each wish
To wish for wishes 'til he had
Five billion, seven million, eighteen thousand thirty-four.
And then he spread them on the ground
And clapped his hands and danced around
And skipped and sang, and then sat down
And wished for more.
And more...and more...they multiplied
While other people smiled and cried
And loved and reached and touched and felt.
Lester sat amid his wealth
Stacked mountain-high like stacks of gold,
Sat and counted -- and grew old.
And then one Thursday night they found him
Dead -- with his wishes piled around him.
And they counted the lot and found that not
A single one was missing.
All shiny and new -- here, take a few
And think of Lester as you do.
In a world of apples and kisses and shoes
He wasted his wishes on wishing.

Clueless saw instant success. The 1995 classic movie is forever remembered as one of the most iconic movies of all time. But believe it or not, Donald Faison, who played the role of Murray Duvall (Dionne’s boyfriend) didn’t actually think it would be all that successful. 

 

Faison revealed in a recent podcast that he actually said ‘this is gonna be the worst movie ever’. Yikes, that’s not the spirit at all! He thought that due to all of the pop culture references, as well as the new phrases that they introduced to fans was what was going to make it so ‘bad’, but he really couldn’t have more wrong. It’s what made the movie so iconic. 

 

The movie "Clueless", written and directed by Amy Heckerling. Seen here, the opening title.

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Producer Adam Schroeber is the man responsible for convincing Faison that it’s going to be epic, and to continue on filming with confidence that something great is in the making…and that’s exactly what happened. 

 

Both critics and the audience loved it, bringing in impressive numbers at the box office, and even today it’s still going strong, with lines from the movie becoming a part of our everyday vocabulary.

 

It’s hard to picture Clueless as anything but a hit!