Location: Montreal

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

typecast much?

i've often wondered about the people who answer casting calls for physically repulsive roles in movies and television shows. and i don't mean repulsive roles like "monster from space"; i mean repulsive roles like "morbidly obese herpes lady with no eyes" or "disgusting filth covered wino".
then i started thinking about my favorite cinematic filth covered wino of all time*, Vance Colvig Jr. from "Weird Al" Yankovic's 1989 comedy classic 'UHF'.
then i wondered what other notable roles V.Colvie has graced us with over the years.
so i looked it up on the internet.
i couldn't believe how easy it was!
thanks, AOL.
here is a partial list (pinched from

One-Eyed Man
Old Man
Mr. Ellis
Uncle Willard
Man With Newspapers
Alcoholic Man
Old Man
Mr. Pechar
Bozo The Clown (!)

that's right kids. the man who portrayed the biggest, most loved non-fastfood clown of all time spent his life portraying bums, winos, alcoholics and Uncle Willard.
suddenly the future's not looking quite so bright for Morbidly Obese Herpes Lady.
hang in there babe. we'll be your eyes.
(we totally don't have to be her eyes. she can't even read this. NO ONE read this aloud to her.)

* -seriously, if you can show me a more convincing filth covered wino (in a film; not for real. i see enough of those) i'll buy you a meal of your choice. from Taco Bell's Big Value Menu.


Blogger tsunami said...

you have way too much time on your hands...

8:55 PM  
Blogger mike said...

no kidding.
things will level out a bit when spring comes and i can focus on my underwater basket weaving again.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Graham said...

I thought you'd enjoy this Jack Handey article from a recent New Yorker...It reminded me a bit of your comedic style.


1:43 PM  
Blogger kait said...

He was also the original voice for Goofy.

5:43 AM  

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