The REAL Rip Taylor #6: Hobbies (no. 1 Birds)11:57:00 AMConstrux Nunchux
There's been much confusion and controversy surrounding the selection of Rip Taylor for a fetured role in 2010's arthouse film The Black Swan, but the choice was fairly obvious, given Rip's longstanding fascination with birds. [ed. note: For those of you who may haven't seen the movie, Rip plays Johann von Meisser, inventor of a pill that turns people into sunbeams. On a trial run, he is intercepted by a bird in the sky and the two tumble back to earth. The only way for the doctor, an environmentalist by trade, to keep the bird alive is by remaining attached and not extracing the intermingled DNA. As you can imagine, comedy ensues for the next hour or so. (Sorry to get so involved, there, but the story was absolutely riveting for me.)]
One of Rip's most unique stunts, though by far not his most impressive, is the first he teaches every tropical variety that he acquires: fetching his toupee's. During his more hedonistic and substance-fueled days, he often would turn larger species into viscious killers. To train them, he would go into the streets and toss his toupee at a completely unsuspecting pedestrian, yelling, "Catch!" which doubled as his attack command (see left, Rip, with his third wife, in New York in the mid 70's demonstrating the terrifying powers he possesses.). He later honed this skill so that his birds would specifically attack the crotch.