But mark the Rustic, haggis fed, The trembling earth resounds his tread!
Today, January 25, is Rabbie Burns day, the glorious time when the sheep's pluck is turned into haggis, paraded with a chorus of bagpipes, given the powerful address, plated with neeps and tatties, and served with a wee dram, or ten, of whiskey. In simpler terms, today celebrates the birth of Robert Burns, the National Poet of Scotland, born on this day in 1759. To commemorate the affair, Scots far and wide throw on their kilts, play their bagpipes, recite Burns' "Address to a Haggis," and dig into the classic Scottish dish (which is basically a spicy meatloaf of sheep's innards -- it's delish, I swear).
This being a movie site and all, I wish I could shower you in films to mark the occasion, even if you can't or won't take a taste of haggis. Alas, ol' Rabbie doesn't get much love in the cinematic universe. We can only hope that Gerard Butler's passion project about the poet gets underway, but unfortunately, that's still very much in limbo. Hell, you can even vote for who you want to play each part, even though Julia Stiles is said to be Agnes McLehose, and I doubt Gerry would give up the gig -- even if he is a weeee bit old.
What I can give you on this day, after the jump: A great recitation of Burns' classic poem, Gerard Butler's recent discussion about his film, and for some laughs, a little Mike Myers Scottishness with So I Married an Axe Murderer. So, grab that dram of Scotch whiskey, put on your best Scottish accent, and celebrate!