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Aaron David

A fourth generation Californian, befuddled.

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  1. Avatar Kimmi
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    A book about the Muscovite Subway System.
    Dark, post-apocalyptic.
    (The Russians really MEANT their subway systems to serve as shelters).Report

  2. Avatar Jaybird
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    Friends was one of the shows that was *HUGE* in syndication when Maribou and I were first married. We watched it every day and hammered out that the only people we could see being able to handle for more than 20 minutes in real life were Chandler and Phoebe. Ross and Rachel were awful people (and the show went out of its way to explain over and over and over again that they were awful people) and Joey was… well, he was fun. But he was exhausting. And Monica was exhausting.Report

  3. Avatar Pinky
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    Friends helped me to develop my grand theory that the jump from TV to movies is possible for actors in TV dramas, but not in TV comedies. To do drama every week, an actor can be pretty consistent. But to do comedy that much, you’ve got to reach into your bag of tricks every time. A Chandler Bing has to be slapstick funny, romantic funny, subtle funny, dialogue funny, all in one episode, then has to do it differently next week. He also has to do drama. A few years of that and what can he do on the movie screen that we all haven’t seen before? I remember watching The Office (US) and seeing Steve Carell do a voice he’d done in a movie. But he also did a dozen other bits I’d never seen before.

    Tim Allen can play Santa because we’re not asking too much from him, on the small or the big screen. Jennifer Aniston can do romantic comedies because, oh, let’s face it, she’s adorable, in a way that men can enjoy and women don’t find threatening. Ashton Kutcher keeps making movies, but no one knows why.Report

    • Avatar Maribou in reply to Pinky
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      I actually find Ashton Kutcher adorable and not threatening, whereas Jennifer Aniston seems to move in a cloud of low-grade anxiety that only I feel (but which makes her unwatchable for me except in Office Space where the low-grade anxiety fits the character).

      But I would still rather watch either of them on TV than on the big screen.

      Paul Rudd seems to have made the transition fine, and to a lesser degree Seth Rogen, but they both shifted to movie roles very young… wonder if that has something to do with it.

      (As a total aside, holy crap has Rudd been in a lot of things, shifting back and forth from TV to movies seemingly at will. 107 IMDB credits)

      And then of course there’s Robin Williams, but he was a once-every-50-years kinda guy…. and he was also quite young when he shifted… hm.Report

      • Avatar Pinky in reply to Maribou
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        I was thinking about Robin Williams and John Travolta. Maybe it used to be easier, although I can’t think of why it would have changed.

        Paul Rudd was never a TV star. He did 20 episodes of Sisters and 18 of Friends. He didn’t exhaust his repertoire the way most sitcom actors do.

        Oh, I’ve got one more for the successes list, though. Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Third Rock from the Sun was like a master class in acting given by the great John Lithgow – even though everything looked like it was ridiculous.Report

      • Avatar Aaron David in reply to Maribou
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        Aniston does seem to be a very …brittle maybe…actress. Not that she is brittle, but the roles she takes.

        Also, Tom Hanks made the transition. But he wasn’t on TV that long.Report

    • Avatar Kimmi in reply to Pinky
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      Chris Pratt doesn’t ring a bell?Report

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