He wishes John Belushi had given him a scar.
Once, when Buck Henry was hosting Saturday Night Live and, as was traditional when he hosted, he and Belushi were doing a samurai skit, this one “another episode” of Samurai Stockbroker, Belushi accidentally whacked Henry on the head with his kataba. They finished the skit before Henry got bandaged up.
[He takes off his baseball cap.] There isn't a scar. I was begging for one. I wasted all that energy and blood. The stage was covered with blood -- I also tore my leg on the way out the window, so it was bleeding too. Fortunately it was followed by a commercial, so it gave us three or four minutes. John Belushi's doctor just happened to be sitting in the audience. I said, "Can you give me a good scar?" He said, "Not without sewing it up, and I can't do that here. I'll just put a clamp on." Ten days later it was almost gone. A month later -- nothing. I consider it a disastrous failing.
Read the whole interview with Patt Morrison at the Los Angeles Times. It’s about much more than that skit and scars that might have been---writing autobiographies, Moliere, Stanley Kubrick, illiterate online film critics, the pleasures of Shakespeare in German, The Third Man and why there’s been no sequel to The Graduate.
Couldn’t find that Samurai Stockbroker skit but here’s another episode of Samurai Delicatessen---
Updated to save face: Thanks to Cleveland Bob, here's the Samurai Stockbroker sketch.
Samurai by lliberopoulou