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Thursday, February 03, 2005

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The Sartrian good faith of The Fonz:
Henry Winkler, whose friendly tough guy, Fonzie, became the most popular figure on the show and probably the key factor in its success. Winkler discusses very seriously how he wanted to play a "hood" who did not stand in front of the mirror combing his hair, unlike all other TV and movie hoods, but the writers thought this absolutely had to be seen in the show, following the dictates of the stereotype.

So Winkler came up with a cute compromise: Fonzie takes out his comb and looks into the mirror, then, realizing his looks are perfect and cannot be improved upon, shrugs and puts the comb away. "I was being true to myself and respectful to what was written," he says.