John Fuller

Epitaph for a Star

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A chance in a million: he was perfectly cast

In the role of his own life, though he almost flipped

When told it was all in the future, and not in the past,

And someone (who?) had forgotten to give him the script.

He tried his damnedest, but there were other factors

That made the going tough. The director allowed

No rehearsals and gave the supporting actor

All the best lines. His face was lost in the crowd.

The shooting proceeded in too much of a rush

For him to be shown the rushes. All those heartaches!

That foiled ambition! He demanded re-edits,

But the final cut revealed his busted flush.

There was never an occasion to save the out-takes,

And in the end his name was removed from the credits.