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been thinking about this topic for a while being the nerd i am. this is the other or "ugly" half of Hollywood, the people making less than millions, but more endearing and infinitely more talented than some of the "stars", especially the ones getting by solely on looks. they usually play the antagonist, or sidekick, but the really talented individual can parley a leading career into character roles as they age (Vincent Price is an excellent example). anyway, i love these guys Giovanni Ribisi (former child star now intergalactic corporate douche bag) Patton Oswalt (stand-up comedian has moved into dramatic and comedic film roles) Stephen Root (brilliant chameleon actor and voice over artist - i.e. half of "King of the Hill") William Sadler MC Gainey Clancy Brown (been in everything from Shawshank Redemption, LOST, Batman Animated Series, as well as video game voice artist) Jackie Early Haley (another child star gone thru the wringer in life to come out the other with a resurgent carrer in Watchmen, etc) and of course the king of Hollywood nepotism, the excellent Clint Howard! who else am i forgetting? please give me some ladies' names, there are some great ones out there i'm sure.
I always thought it was funny to find out some actor or celebrity from days gone by was a midnight toker. Early in the last century, it was pretty taboo in Hollywood, but the jazz scene, along with a wave of Mexican immigrant workers brought the wonders of weed to our nation. I know these guys were cool: Robert Mitchum Bing Crosby (he toked, but he beat the shit out of his family, so not cool) Cab Calloway, who wrote the first drug anthem with Reefer Man Add to this list, I'm curious.
And by Hollywood, I mean "those huge companies like DreamWorks and LionsGate that keep churning out big-budget movies." I hap'd upon this article while newsing my morning read: So there is a goddamn re-make re-boot of Conan The Barbarian, now. In 3D. There will be sequels. Its main competition is a goddamn re-make of Planet of the Apes. And do I really need to comment on "Spy Kids 4"? You damn dirty producers. Myself, I am really looking forward to the re-make of Blade Runner. These "big" films have eaten all the food in the fridge, all the canned goods, and even that last scary can of Manwich that's bulging with botulism. Then they still wanted more, so they began eating the formica countertop, then the walls. At this point, they are devouring the foundation beams that keep their penthouse apartment on the top floor. Someday, there will be a re-make of "The Graduate," and the movie that re-launched cinema in '67 will complete the circle and finish it off. Drama aside: Can it go on like this? Will big-budget films continue to exist in their current form? Is Hollywood too big to fail?