Here’s a Drunk Orson Welles

Orson Welles

This video isn’t new by any stretch of the imagination, but LAist just posted it this morning and it’s the first time we’ve seen it. It’s legendary director Orson Welles, drunk off his ass, trying to do a commercial for Paul Masson wine.

In these outtakes, Welles is slurring his words and totally screwing up the whole scene, which makes it completely hilarious. Word is Welles was paid $500,000 a year plus residuals by Paul Masson. Welles worked with the company for three years before they canned him.

Probably not surprisingly, Welles said to be difficult to work with. In this next clip, he’s being paid to sell frozen peas. However, he doesn’t think much of the copy or the directors and isn’t afraid to let them know.

He’s not drunk this time — at least that we’re aware of — but you’ll still have a laugh. The best line from this video has to be the following.

“Get me a jury and show me how you can say in July and I’ll go down on you.”

Ah, that cantankerous old bastard!