Day 8. 15 pages, 7,205 words. Busy weekend.
The other day, I sat down with Wump and watched Tangled, the Disney Rapunzel movie that came out a few years ago and didn’t make much of a splash. We only just got around to picking it up.
Not a terrible movie. Some funny bits. Not hilarious, but I think it was okay. No really catchy songs and I’m sure the story is all sexist and stuff. That wasn’t what I wanted to talk about.
What I wanted to talk about was Swamp Thing.
Well, this is a bit of a long story but to cut it short, I have this habit while watching movies. I’ll go, “hey, that guy was in that other movie. And that one. And that guy was in this other one. And she was in that one when she was, like, eight, and that dog was a voice actor in Lady and the Tramp.”
I know, everyone does that, right? Well, maybe some people do it more than others. I don’t think I do it an inordinate or spectacularly impressive amount. Maybe I do it more than average. It probably ranges from annoying and pointlessly geeky at one end of the spectrum, to obscurely knowledgeable and conversationally interesting at the other. “I sure would like to have sex with a guy who can free-associate that many actors from diverse roles just off the top of his head,” I like to imagine Mrs. Hatboy thinking to herself as I prattle on.
Anyway, one of my wackiest and most memorable moments of triumph was when we were watching The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. and I said that this guy:
…looks a lot like this guy from Northern Exposure:
Turns out they’re father and son.
This time, weirdly enough, it was this guy from Tangled:
“That,” I said, “looks like Swamp Thing [as I will always remember M. C. Gainey as his character from Con Air].”
He was also, weirdly enough, Big Smith from Brisco.
Then I thought, wait. It’s just a cartoon.
Then I thought, yeah … but these days they do sometimes make the animated characters look like the people who do their voices, and that sure does sound like Swamp Thing.
And what do you know, it was him.
Sorry, busy writing. And mad-busy weekend, as I’ve said. Might do a review of Transformers 4 tomorrow. This has just been a toss-out post but if anyone has any other wacky cosmic coincidences of actor-guessings and roles and assorted movie overlaps, I’d love to hear them.
It’s even more fun when you imagine them as actually the same characters each time, and build up a story about how they got from one movie to the next.