Critic Carries Flag for Cancer Survivors

Roger Ebert maybe mute and bandaged, but he'll be at film festival as always
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2007 8:16 AM CDT
Roger Ebert at home on Monday   (Chicago Sun Times / AP)

(Newser) – Roger Ebert will show up at his ninth annual Overlooked Film Festival in Urbana, he writes in the Sun-Times, although he's recovering from cancer surgery that's left him temporarily mute and heavily bandaged. "We spend too much time hiding illness," Ebert writes. "I'm not going to miss my festival."

Friends advise that "paparazzi will take unflattering pictures" but the unflappable critic says he "can take it as well as dish it out." Because of back pain, he'll watch from a specially installed recliner. "Photos of me should be captioned 'La-Z-Critic,'" he jokes.