Thursday, June 30, 2005

No. 2: Name that celebrity

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This time around no Traci Lords-inspired ass shots. Let's see who gets the honor of king or queen for the week.

Here's the answer to last week's mystery celeb.


At 7:12 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

That's definitely Peter Jackson, the great New Zealand movie Director/Producer. And the picture's from his latest film King Kong.

At 9:26 PM, Blogger TripleJ said...

What are the odds that 15 minutes after I post this photo of New Zealand's most famous (at least to me) director, a New Zealander would read the post?

Congrats Michelle. Nicely done. This is indeed the slimmed-down filmmaker behind "Lord of the Rings" and the upcoming "King Kong".

At 1:35 PM, Blogger CHW said...

Another shocking physical transformation of a celebrity. I don't think I would have figured it out.

At 2:38 PM, Blogger jsbankston said...

Still, Jackson's weight-loss isn't that much of a surprise. He had the endlessly-annoying, no-talent, attention-hogging hack Jack Black in the cast of his remake of "King Kong," and no doubt Jackson couldn't squeeze up to the craft services table whenever Black was there.

Black is one of those celebs that whenever I hear he's gotten another job, I die a little inside.

At 4:41 PM, Blogger tj1972 said...

I am curious how one can one dislike Jack Black so much? I agree that he's not the most talented actor around, or even close to it, but the man is funny. And Tenacious D is a riot, right? Well, that's just my opinion.

At 11:41 PM, Blogger jsbankston said...

Well, there's a lot of reasons I despise Jack Black. One is that he looks a great deal like a former boss of mine, who made several years of my life miserable and was one of the most useless, loathsome people I've ever known (sexually harassed female employees, abused his dog, had cursing temper tantrums in front of customers, etc.).

Second, I hate any performer that is so insecure and needy that he has to be "on" all the time or that ALWAYS mugs for the cameras any time one is around. (Dana Carvey has the same problem. He goes into his shtick, invariably making a face that involves him leaving his mouth open ever so slightly for some reason, then looks around franticly to make sure people are laughing. It's fucking pathetic.) Black's thing is bugging his eyes out.

Third, about a year ago I went into an independent, locally-owned video store and looked around for something to rent. They had something playing on the overhead monitors. In the 10 or 15 minutes I was in there, whatever was being playing worked its way into my ears and brain like an insidious worm of evil intent, and began weaving a complicated tapestry of annoyance.

It wasn't just one single, monolithic annoying thing, like a screaming kid or a car alarm, it was complex, multi-layered. Finally, I thought, "Jesus fucking Christ! What the fuck IS that? That is as annoying as shit!" And it turned out to be a Tenacious D concert video.

So yeah, Jack Black really does annoy me that much, which is a shame, because I'm half-assed interested in seeing "High Fidelity," but his presence in the film has kept me from it.

Anyway, as Jerry Lewis once said after disowning a son who'd sold out Jerry and the Lewis family to the tabloids, "Love hard, hate hard." My tastes are strong ones, both pro and con.

At 1:55 PM, Blogger sasefina said...

I'm with you. Jack Black is a straight up douche rocket. I couldn't even enjoy School of Rock, and Shallow Hal is one of the worst movies I've ever seen.

But High Fidelity is great, and he is actually funny and tolerable in that movie.

At 5:03 PM, Blogger TripleJ said...

I like Jack Black. I would go see a movie because he was in it.

Can't stand Tenacious D.

At 3:57 PM, Blogger jsbankston said...

But as I recall, TripleJ, you also said you thought David Arquette was one of the funniest men alive.

Do you like Carrot Top and Gallagher as well?

Off topic, though, I've decided when the movie version of my life is made, Luke Wilson will play you. I just hope Sir Anthony Hopkins will still be around to play me.

At 4:05 PM, Blogger TripleJ said...

I hope I never said that about David ... if I did, it was a weak moment and I was giving him bonus points for his sister. Gallagher, Carrot Top ... no way.

Now Bobcat Goldthwait in Shakes the Clown - that gets my comedic acting 'thumbs up'.

And get moving on that movie, I could use a little fame.

At 5:12 PM, Blogger princessmalin said...

i have to set the record straight: it's abundantly clear that hugh grant will play triplej. a dylan cameo is also prerequisite.

At 5:24 PM, Blogger jsbankston said...

What's this? Does Triple J crave a little Divine Brown action?

Last time I saw Dylan was a few years back when Charlie Sexton was with his band and he was on the Grammys via a satellite feed. Triple J made the hilarious observation Bobby Z. looked like Vincent Price.

I assume Triple J has read the first volume of "Chronicles" by now. I've not picked it up yet. Way behind in my reading, as you'll see in my answers to that Splendora quiz down the page.

I've not yet seen "Shakes," but since it was billed as "The Citizen Kane of alcoholic clown movies" I admit I'm intrigued. a decade ago I worked with someone who dug that movie. Our tastes in movies were similar about 60% of the time.

I admit I'm not totally immune to broad humor. I thought the ushers were gonna have to escort me out of "Team America" because of how loudly I was laughing, screaming, and crying, especially during the main puppet sex scene. On the other hand, I thought "Orgazmo," also by Parker and Stone, was just 90 minutes of my life I'll never get back again.

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