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Stephen Fry

Datum narození: 24. srpen 1957
Další jména: استیون فرای, اسٹیون فرائی, Стивен Фрай

Stephen John Fry je britský herec, komik, spisovatel, televizní moderátor a filmový režisér. Poprvé se kulturně zviditelnil televizní produkcí herecké skupiny Cambridge Footlights Review jménem The Cellar Tapes, jež se uskutečnila roku 1982.

Známým se stal převážně svou tvorbou s Hughem Lauriem v komickém duu známém jako Fry and Laurie. Nejznámějším televizním počinem této dvojice byl šestadvacetiepizodový televizní komediální seriál A Bit of Fry and Laurie sestávající z krátkých skečů. S Hughem Lauriem také hrál v televizním seriálu Jeeves and Wooster inspirovaném knihami P. G. Wodehouse.

Fry je také úspěšným spisovatelem. Na tomto poli debutoval roku 1991 románem The Liar. Další z jeho populárních knih byla například autobiografie pokrývající jeho prvních dvacet let života Moab is my Washpot, vydaná roku 1997.

V roce 2010 se rozešel po 14letém partnerském vztahu s Danielem Cohenem. Fry trpí bipolární poruchou a v roce 2012 se pokusil o sebevraždu. Na přelomu let 2014 a 2015 ohlásil zasnoubení s 27letým partnerem Elliottem Spencerem.

„Putin si z homosexuálů udělal obětního beránka stejně, jako kdysi Hitler z židů.“

—  Stephen Fry

Zdroj: [Metropolitní opera si musí vybrat. Buď podporuje homosexuály, nebo Putinovy blízké, art.ihned.cz, 2013-08-08, 2014-06-12, http://art.ihned.cz/knihy/c1-60394750-metropolitni-opera-si-musi-vybrat-bud-podporuje-homosexualy-nebo-putinovy-blizke]

„Education is the sum of what students teach each other between lectures and seminars.“

—  Stephen Fry

Varianta: Education is the sum of what students teach each other between lectures and seminars.

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„People still insist on things like holistic healing and things that have no real basis in evidence because they want it to be true—it’s as simple as that.“

—  Stephen Fry

"Last Chance to Think" Interview (2010) by Kylie Sturgess in Skeptical Inquirer. Vol 34 (1)
2000s
Kontext: The powers of the placebo are so strong that it may be morally wrong to call homeopathy a lie because the moment you say it then a placebo falls to pieces and loses its power. I am a great believer in double-blind random testing, which is the basis of all drug testing. People still insist on things like holistic healing and things that have no real basis in evidence because they want it to be true—it’s as simple as that. If you’re dying of cancer or very, very ill, then you’ll cling to a straw. I feel pretty dark thoughts about the kind of people who throw straws at drowning, dying men and women, and I’m sure most of us would agree it’s a pretty lousy thing to do. Some of these people perhaps believe in the snake oil they sell or allow themselves to believe in it. That’s why James Randi is so good, because he knows what magicians know: if you do a card trick on someone, they will report that it was unbelievable, they describe the effect the magician wanted, and they miss out all the steps in between that seemed irrelevant because the magician made them irrelevant, so they didn’t notice them. People will swear that a clairvoyant mentioned the name of their aunt from nowhere, and they will be astonished if you then play a recording that shows that thirty-two names were said before the aunt’s name, none of which had any effect on them. That’s because they wanted to hear their aunt’s name; they wanted the trick to work, so they forgot all the failures in the same way as people forget all their dreams that have no relevance to their lives, but they mark when they dream of someone they haven’t met for ages that they see the next day. I would be astounded if everyone had coincidences like that—yet people say that is somehow closed-minded of me!

„She has a very intense poetic mind.“

—  Stephen Fry

While listening to 50 Words for Snow
2010s, The Kate Bush Story (2014)
Kontext: She has a very intense poetic mind. That's what makes it — that voice that comes in.

„That’s why James Randi is so good, because he knows what magicians know: if you do a card trick on someone, they will report that it was unbelievable, they describe the effect the magician wanted, and they miss out all the steps in between that seemed irrelevant because the magician made them irrelevant, so they didn’t notice them.“

—  Stephen Fry

"Last Chance to Think" Interview (2010) by Kylie Sturgess in Skeptical Inquirer. Vol 34 (1)
2000s
Kontext: The powers of the placebo are so strong that it may be morally wrong to call homeopathy a lie because the moment you say it then a placebo falls to pieces and loses its power. I am a great believer in double-blind random testing, which is the basis of all drug testing. People still insist on things like holistic healing and things that have no real basis in evidence because they want it to be true—it’s as simple as that. If you’re dying of cancer or very, very ill, then you’ll cling to a straw. I feel pretty dark thoughts about the kind of people who throw straws at drowning, dying men and women, and I’m sure most of us would agree it’s a pretty lousy thing to do. Some of these people perhaps believe in the snake oil they sell or allow themselves to believe in it. That’s why James Randi is so good, because he knows what magicians know: if you do a card trick on someone, they will report that it was unbelievable, they describe the effect the magician wanted, and they miss out all the steps in between that seemed irrelevant because the magician made them irrelevant, so they didn’t notice them. People will swear that a clairvoyant mentioned the name of their aunt from nowhere, and they will be astonished if you then play a recording that shows that thirty-two names were said before the aunt’s name, none of which had any effect on them. That’s because they wanted to hear their aunt’s name; they wanted the trick to work, so they forgot all the failures in the same way as people forget all their dreams that have no relevance to their lives, but they mark when they dream of someone they haven’t met for ages that they see the next day. I would be astounded if everyone had coincidences like that—yet people say that is somehow closed-minded of me!

„There is nothing so self-righteous nor so right as an adolescent imagination.“

—  Stephen Fry

On adolescence
1990s, Moab is My Washpot (autobiography, 1997)
Kontext: Didn't Woody Allen say that all literature was a footnote to Faust? Perhaps all adolescence is a dialogue between Faust and Christ. We tremble on the brink of selling that part of ourselves that is real, unique, angry, defiant and whole for the rewards of attainment, achievement, success and the golden prizes of integration and acceptance; but we also in our great creating imagination, rehearse the sacrifice we will make: the pain and terror we will take from others' shoulders; our penetration into the lives and souls of our fellows; our submission to willingness to be rejected and despised for the sake of truth and love and, in the wilderness, our angry rebuttals of the hypocrisy, deception and compromise of a world which we see to be so false. There is nothing so self-righteous nor so right as an adolescent imagination.

„My whole life stretched out gloriously behind me.“

—  Stephen Fry

1990s, Moab is My Washpot (autobiography, 1997)
Kontext: When I had first caught sight of Matthew I saw the beauty in everything. Now I saw only ugliness and decay. All beauty was in the past. Again and again I wrote in poems, in notes, on scraps of paper. My whole life stretched out gloriously behind me. If I wrote that sick phrase once, I wrote it fifty times. And I believed it, too.

„I was called by my agent, who said "Would you like to record a track with Kate Bush?" To which there is only F-ing one possible answer. Unless its me singing.“

—  Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry, talking about his work with Kate on 50 Words for Snow, and the credits on the album.
2010s, The Kate Bush Story (2014)
Kontext: I was called by my agent, who said "Would you like to record a track with Kate Bush?" To which there is only F-ing one possible answer. Unless its me singing. I said, "She does know I can't sing?" "No-no-no, it would be voicing, saying words for snow. … I still can't believe it says "Kate Bush-Stephen Fry."

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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