Due to the popularity of the “Caddyshack’’ cast painting, we decided to produce individual images of the main characters from the movie. First, I drew Bill Murray’s character, Carl Spackler, in his `Cinderella Story` moment. And now I’ve painted Al Czervik, the hilarious character played by Rodney Dangerfield.
Among “Caddyshack’’ fans, he’s almost as popular as Bill Murray’s character, he’s almost more quoted than Bill Murray. I think my favorite quote of his is: “Now I know why tigers eat their young,’’ which he says right after meeting Judge Smails’ grandson, Spaulding.
I painted him with his heavy golf bag, with the boxing gloves for club covers and the stereo that played “Any Way You Want It’’ by Journey. He’s also got his putter in front of him, the one with the sonar tracking. And he’s in one of his classic poses from the movie, arms up, hands wide, his big eyes popping out. It is a more cartoonish image than my other “Caddyshack’’ work, but that seems to go with the character.
Dangerfield hadn’t made many movies before that one, and he really overplayed it, but he was so funny. He was a funny guy.
Not long after I finished it, we went to the Caddyshack Charity Golf Tournament at World Golf Village and Bill Murray, who was signing some of my art for a charity auction, saw it for the first time. “Hey, that’s Rodney … that’s a good Rodney too,’’ he said. It was pretty cool, especially because he actually knew Rodney.