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Sometimes I make up little games to play on email with my sister and my friend. One game is called Tex Cobb. Whenever I see this guy’s name in credits or in a movie review, it takes a second to realize that’s the actor’s name, not the character’s name. The question is: Which actors have names that sound like a character in a story, more than a real name? 1) Name the actor and 2) describe the character that he/she should be.

This is what we've got so far; please add your own! It's fun!

Nathan Fillion I think Nathan Filion is a brilliant scientist enlisted by the CIA to solve some high-level murder mystery or by the defense department to save the planet from aliens.

Ethan Hawke He is definitely and adventurer of some kind. He could be a lone-wolf crimefighter which extraordinary physical skills that help him elude the corrupt government, or a spy, or maybe a fighter pilot from the 25th century.

Orlando Bloom He is a poet or a painter. Maybe an artist-in-residence in an 16th Century European court, tragically in love with the queen, or he’s living quietly in an impossibly beautiful cottage on a lake when fate intervenes and brings out the reluctant hero.

Edie Falco A private dick with a mysterious past? Hard on the outside, creamy center. When she’s in bed with Jack Sparks, the sexy police detective, he asks her about the scar just behind her jawline, but she deflects him with snappy banter. No one knows that she sends half her paycheck to the daughter of the woman who was killed on her first case.

Delroy Lindo He's a post-apocalyptic multi-racial bounty hunter. A reluctant hero, he ends up on the run with the woman who was once his quarry, a female doctor who doesn’t know that she knows the identity of…somebody who’s the key to… some sinister plot of the ruling whoever.

Titus Welliver Titus is a former cowboy who is now homesteading. He is calm and cool, having worked out all of his passions in his youth. And he knows Latin, but he won't say where he learned it. (My friend, L)

Hugh Grant A posh, devilishly handsome Englishman, sharp of wit and roving of eye, in a constant state of amusement at the absurdity of the world ... um ... wait a minute ...

I suck at this game. (My sister, who gets points for being funny and right at the same time.)

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amycurl
May. 23rd, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC)
mary, I love you sooo much. I especially like Edie Falco's and Hugh Grant (who is so a fictional character!)

Yeah, my brain is toast so I have nothing to add. Anyway, I always wanted to say how proud I was of you last night (sorry I feel asleep before the episode of Josh's Grass Skirt.)

marymary
May. 24th, 2006 01:08 am (UTC)
Thanks, honey! Glad you liked J's GS --- I kinda liked that one too. See you somewhere. xxx
keeper1247
May. 23rd, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC)
Hehe, you said Orlando Bloom and I stopped reading for about ten minutes while the pictures played in my head. This is hilarious! And Hugh Grant? So true!

I have none to add because I'm not creative, I just wanted to tell you how awesome this is :).
marymary
May. 24th, 2006 01:11 am (UTC)
Thanks! My very first entry; I thought I'd make it fun. Now you're going to have this in the back of your mind, and when you hear some actor's name, you'll go, "Hey, that's a Tex Cobb!" It works like that.

There's one I'd like to do, if someone wants to take a stab, but it's a RL person. I don't know her, but apparently she's a client of my dentist (who has a kids' "face book" in his office). Anyway, her name is Molly Halfpenny. Is that the cutest name ever? She should be a Dickens character maybe?
olsonm_raymond
May. 24th, 2006 12:11 am (UTC)
Mary!
I don't have much to add; I'm just happy the Mary finally has an LJ post! Hi Mary!

I have always thought that Brent Spiner sounded like some kind of hard-boiled P.I., like Mike Hammer or something.
marymary
May. 24th, 2006 01:12 am (UTC)
Re: Mary!
Oooh, Ray, Brent Spiner is perfect. Good one.

Look at me, with my own journal thread!
olsonm_raymond
May. 24th, 2006 01:23 am (UTC)
Re: Mary!
I'm watching a Twins baseball game and they're talking to the Twins new picther. His name? Boof Bonser. Seriously.
marymary
May. 24th, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Mary!
Wow. I think Boof Bonser is a high school kid; very big and very quiet. Of course, he's on the football team, but he doesn't hang out with any of them. He gets really bad grades, but keeps a journal of his own poetry, which turns out to be brilliant and original. When he grows up, he's discovered at a poetry slam, publishes his work, and develops a huge cult following.
funkymunky83
May. 24th, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)
tex cobb
It's actually a real person, but the name Kip Kinkel has always stuck in my head. He was a teenage school shooter a few years ago. But in my head, Kip Kinkel is a lanky, red-headed down-home boy who passes his afternoons whittling away or playing the banjo on the porch of his run-down Appalachian cottage.
marymary
May. 24th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
Re: tex cobb
Hey, funky, that is great! I think you're really getting the hang of it. I'm pretty sure Kip has several dogs, am I right? They sleep outside.
tomfoolery815
May. 25th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)
Wings Hauser
I use (well, used, snif) Yahoo's TV listings to find out what TWW rerun was on Bravo, or when a cast member was making a talk-show appearance.

When I would run that search, I would get TWW ... and "Roseanne," a feather of a considerably different color. It's because an actor named Wings Hauser had a recurring role. (IMDb says four episodes.)

Now if your name is Wings Hauser, you had better be an action hero, or a guy who's typecast as a badass, or at least a stuntman. Wings Hauser is not going to turn up in a Merchant/Ivory costume drama. Wings Hauser is not going to be the gay best friend of the next Julia or Cameron or J-Lo vehicle. Wings Hauser is ... well, he has to be a pilot, hasn't he? The mercenary with the hard exterior that conceals a heart of gold?
marymary
May. 25th, 2006 02:51 am (UTC)
Re: Wings Hauser
Oh, yes, could he be a WWI flying ace?
olsonm_raymond
May. 26th, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
River Pheonix was a great name. He would have been a famous hippie activist disillusioned by real politik. He would live on the farm somewhere in California writing poetry and trying to avoid his poitical admirers.
marymary
May. 26th, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC)
You're right, Raymond. Good one; River Phoenix is perfect for this. I like your bio. It's funny, though. I think the real River Phoenix was kind of a "River Phoenix". I think his family was pretty...in touch with nature.
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