Listen to Nathan Lane remember his mentor and friend George C. Scott with whom he co-starred on Broadway in 1982 in Noel Coward’s Present Laughter which Scott also directed. In 1991, Scott convinced him to co-star in Paul Osborn’s old chestnut On Borrowed Time which Scott also directed. In that one, Scott played Gramps and Lane limned a character named Mr. Brink who was a stand-in for Death Itself. Scott’s drinking at that point was pretty deadly as well.
Lane and I were having lunch in TriBeCa so there is some ambient noise but you still can hear the empathetic regard – even maybe abiding gratitude and love – in Lane’s voice.
On Home Page: Photo of Lane by Ryan Pfluger for The New York Times, photo of Scott from the Playbill cast list for Present Laughter.