Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Who Is This Person? And Why is He in Every Movie?
Yeah. A year ago I had never seen this portly fellow before. And now he is literally in every movie, and every TV show. It's getting to the point where he's playing every part too. I'm a little alarmed, because in his many, many roles I haven't seen anything particularly interesting out of him. His comedy is too broad. His "tough guy" isn't so tough. He just confuses me. Is he funny fat? Or is he tough guy fat? Or is he just-ignore-that-I'm-fat fat? Nothing makes sense with him.
I'm flipping channels, and suddenly it's this movie with Jet Li kicking ass, and yet inexplicably this guy seems to get more screen time than Jet Li. And in some scenes he's comic relief, and in others he's supposed to be threatening. I just don't get it. I rented Transformers. He's there. I saw an ad for this show called K-Ville. Wham! It's all him.
I guess what I'm saying is - this guy needs to back off a little. Let some other actors have a chance. There's no need to be in every movie. Let's not forget this other guy who used to be in every movie:
I'm not sure what happened to him, but from 1982 to about 2002 he also was in every movie and TV show. Particularly if your movie called for exactly one Asian character. Then, forgot about it, he'd be there. Don't make the mistake of this guy, other guy. Be more selective in your roles. Don't be that guy.
If you're going to be in a lot of movies, and there's no persuading you otherwise, I recommend you go the Gary Oldman route and disappear into roles.
No one ever says "Pffft. Great. Another Gary Oldman movie." No, people say "Wait... that was Gary Oldman?" That's what you're looking for. That's where you want to get to.