I've never even had a filling myself. But no doubt one day all my teeth will just fall out by way of revenge. So it is with some sympathy that I note Ian's been to the dentist. He's got a root canal and a couple of Ds to come too. Poor love. Reading about it brings back memories of watching Orin Scrivello (Steve Martin) in "The Little Shop of Horrors" film singing the sadistic Dentist.
When I was younger, just a bad little kid, My mama noticed funny things I did
Like shooting puppies with a B.B. gun, I'd poison guppies and when I was done
I'd find a pussycat and bash in its head, That's when my mama said
Crystal, Ronette, Chiffon
What did she say?
She said, "My boy, I think someday, You'll find a way to make your natural tendencies pay
You'll be a dentist, You have a talent for causing things pain
Son, be a dentist, People will pay you to be inhumane
Your temperament's wrong for the priesthood, And teaching would suit you still less
Son, be a dentist, You'll be a success
The bizarre equipment used by Orin Scrivello has made numerous appearances in other Warner Bros. productions, notably as Jeremy Irons' gynecology tools in Dead Ringers (1988) and as the Joker's plastic surgeon's tools in Batman (1989). Marathon Man (1976) didn't bother too much with fancy kit, it just cut to the quick and got Olivier to drill straight through the teeth to the nerve. Apparently that torture scene was shortened in the screened version after preview audiences were taken sick.