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Russell Saunders

Russell Saunders is the ridiculously flimsy pseudonym of a pediatrician in New England. He has a husband, three sons, daughter, cat and dog, though not in that order. He enjoys reading, running and cooking. He can be contacted at blindeddoc using his Gmail account. Twitter types can follow him @russellsaunder1.

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  1. Avatar Don Zeko says:

    I came to a similar conclusion about the guy on the basis of his two interviews with Stephen Colbert. The relevant part for me was the Tolkien Nerd-Off that the two men conducted. In the first round of it, Stephen asked Franco a question (Why did Galadriel leave the blessed realm) that, while not being totally obvious, would be easy for anyone who was actually “the biggest Tolkien fan in the world,” as Franco claimed, to answer. Instead, he came up with a bunch of gibberish in which he confused the Noldor and Istari…but i digress. Anyway, after this fiasco he returned for another interview and requested a rematch with Stephen in which he (Franco) asked the question. And what he came up with was something that you couldn’t get from watching the movies, but that would be no trouble for anyone who read and retained anything of the Silmarillion (Name any one Valar).

    So the takeaway here was that Franco read the Silmarillion once while stoned, liked it, and started going around talking up how he was this huge Tolkien fan. As with the Oscar’s, the problem is laziness.Report

  2. Avatar just me says:

    I Googled James Franco and I still have no idea who he is.Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to just me says:

      I can contribute

      1. He was one of the less funny guys in “This is the End”.
      2. He’s one of those men that’s supposed to be very good-looking where I don’t see it.

      But now I’m tapped out.Report

    • Avatar Darwy in reply to just me says:

      He was the poor choice to play the Wizard in Oz.

      Well, he got the slimeball factor down, but the rest was delivered completely wooden.Report

  3. Avatar Glyph says:

    Franco gets a lifetime pass from me for Freaks and Geeks, as well as being an enjoyable actor elsewhere.

    I, personally, think Hollywood can do with a less-psychotic Crispin Glover, who appears to be treating his entire life as some sort of performance art.

    Question: if the Oscars is what turned you against him, how could you have warned the Academy in time? Did you just have A Bad Feeling About This?Report

    • Avatar Johanna in reply to Glyph says:

      But Crispin can kickReport

    • Did you just have A Bad Feeling About This?

      Just so.

      “Hmmmmmm,” thought Russell. “Tapping an actor not known for his skills as a live performer to host a show where ability to deliver spontaneous material is a sine qua non for success, all in the service of attracting Today’s Young People to the show… what could go wrong?”Report

      • Avatar just me in reply to Russell Saunders says:

        So is it really Franco’s fault that he sucked? Or the people that put him in the position to suck? Did maybe Franco come off as too cool for this gig because he was uncomfortable in the roll he took on and it was live and he couldn’t think of any other way to react? Maybe he didn’t disdain the Oscars, maybe he just sucked and was unsuited to the role of live performance. Seems to me you have directed your disdain at the wrong party.

        P.S. I know I don’t write articulately and trying to write playfully and tongue in check is not by any means something I am capable of doing. So this is all written tongue in check, just in case nobody caught that nuance.Report

      • Avatar Kazzy in reply to Russell Saunders says:

        “…Today’s Young People…”

        Assuming I qualified at the time (I was 27), James Franco nor Anne Hathaway made me want to tune in. The odd thing is, I would venture to guess that Franco is popular among a very young crowd… teens and tweens… one that would probably require Franco, Beiber, and whatever crew of mutant clones has taken the New Kids on the Block Spot all eschewing the presentation of any awards to instead sing personal love songs to each and every on of them to tune in.

        As for Hathaway, I know some peers who are impressed with her looks, others impressed with her acting chops, and some impressed with both… but not sure anyone feels strongly enough about her to tune in to watch something they wouldn’t otherwise. So, it was a pretty big whiff by the producers.

        You know what gets young people like myself watching the Oscars? The opportunity to live co-blog with a gay doctor hiding somewhere in the great white north.Report

      • Avatar KatherineMW in reply to Russell Saunders says:

        As a fairly young person, I’d be attracted to the Oscars by them getting Jon Stewart to host again. I though he was awesome, because he played to the audience at home watching television rather than to the Hollywood types in the room. The Hollywood types, as the ones being made fun of, weren’t so fond of him.Report

      • Avatar Kazzy in reply to Russell Saunders says:

        The best thing they could do for the young people is make it take less than forever.Report

  4. Avatar dhex says:

    how bad is his version of as i lay dying? seems to be direct to video.Report

  5. Avatar Kazzy says:

    Aziz Ansari made some great comments on some anti-Franco hate during his roast:
    http://blog.angryasianman.com/2013/09/aziz-ansari-takes-down-racist.htmlReport

  6. Avatar Rose Woodhouse says:

    As a possessor of a BA and MA in film studies, allow me to assert that it is indeed pretentious and boring.Report

  7. Avatar veronica dire says:

    I’ll say this: any cis guy who plays drag for cheap laughs earns my boundless contempt.Report

    • No doubt.

      I think if he’d really gone for the joke, poking fun at the ceremony’s obsession with preposterously-expensive gowns and matching Anne Hathaway garment-change for garment change while casually dropping the designers’ names into conversation, it might have worked.

      But no. Cheap. Lazy. Boring.Report