Actor Leslie Nielsen, famous for his roles in Airplane! and The Naked Gun, died Sunday night at age 84. With roles in films like The Poseidon Adventure, he was largely a dramatic actor until his breakout comedic turn in 1980's Airplane!, which Shirley must be credited with launching the genre of comedy that spoofs B-movie cliches for meta laughs.
There's been a deserved outpouring of remembrances of the actor this morning, highlighting his finest comedic moments and best one-liners, but Roger Ebert surfaced what may be the most surprising clip of the actor: a screen test he did for the film Ben-Hur:
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