Hello to you. It’s 7:56 am on this very cold Wednesday morning. How are you? I’ve got some stuff on my mind this morning and some of it is positive and some of it may be not so much. I’ve allowed someone power over me via the vehicle of their craft and I am using this tool here to help me out with it.
The positive is Kyle and I have nearly devoured a wonderful and nostalgic show from Netflix called The Toys That Made Us. Last night it was Barbie, which was in my wheelhouse for so many years and this morning it was He-man which was more in Kyle’s and after watching it, wish it had been more in mine! I want to be like She-ra! Watching this episode was so effective LOL! I didn’t know that Skeletor (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skeletor) was inspired by one of the creators (Mark Taylor http://www.vaultsofgrayskull.co.uk/taylor.html) actually encountering a real corpse in a fun house (think it was this one: http://www.the13thfloor.tv/2016/03/16/real-corpse-found-in-california-funhouse-the-bizarre-life-death-of-elmer-mccurdy/)
The Toys That Made Us en Netflix
Authenticity – Acting Versus living a part
The not so positive part has to do with seeing a trailer this morning for a show being released that feels like an unintentional mockumentary of my actual life experiences only at a reversed social stratum’s perspective. I’ve actually lived through substance abuse and the huge debris field it scattered for myself and anyone brave enough to try and help me. I’ve actually spent time in the mental health system and been housed in it’s “facilities.” It was not a comical experience and anyone else who has lived through that would probably say the same thing. More a horror/shit show than a comedy. Only someone who has no idea of what that might feel like would want to dabble in it. Watching the trailer was visceral and made me feel very “dark” and hurt inside. It probably hurts me because of who is starring in it. Without meaning to, (he doesn’t know who the fuck I am lol, he’s just working) it feels like he’s mocking a very painful part of my life experience with this show. From the comments I saw for the trailer, there are plenty of people can’t wait to watch it. Probably fans, like I’ve been on more than one occasion, who will watch anything with certain names attached to it just because whether it’s worth watching or not.
All this said, I will acknowledge that it’s probably safer for actors who haven’t struggled with these issues to play these parts than people who actually have. Playing a role from a personal hell escaped can lead to very tragic consequences. Case in point is deceased actor Corey Monteith from a show I once enjoyed called Glee:
Cory Monteith‘s memory will live on through his intense final performance in McCanick. The 31-year-old late Glee actor, who died from a heroin and alcohol overdose on July 13, stars in the Josh C. Waller-directed film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday, Sept. 9. Monteith has a meaty role in the small, dark, dreary and slow-moving drama.
Monteith plays small-time drug dealer and hustler Simon Weeks, who had a tough-luck childhood and turned to working the streets. Monteith is first seen in a hoodie with stringy hair, talking tough and smoking a cigarette. It is a startling change from those used to seeing him sing and dance as Finn Hudson on Glee.
Simon is being relentlessly targeted by a grizzled, tortured detective, played by David Morse. It is unclear as to why the cop is obsessed with him, though he may possibly have been linked with a congressman’s murder. Confusing flashbacks muddle the story further, and the only way to differentiate between past and present is by looking at the length of Monteith’s hair.
Though Simon is hard-living, Monteith is inspired casting. The sweetness that endeared him to Glee fans still lurks within this character. And he uses it to his advantage during crucial plot twists. As troubled as he is, you are rooting for him to make it out alive. It’s a fine, daring performance.
“He was excited. He was very happy with it, with the work that he had done,” director Josh C. Waller told Us Weekly of the late actor. “He seemed moved, emotionally. He sent me a really beautiful email [when the film wrapped] just stating how much excitement he had and how much pride he had on the work that he had done. Which I’m glad, because I know I thought he did an incredible job. Sometimes, for actors, it’s hard to watch themselves on screen or to acknowledge when they’ve done a good job. He didn’t come right out and say, ‘I did great!’ But he was very proud.”
Monteith’s other movie at the Toronto International Film Festival, All The Wrong Reasons, won the Discovery Award on Monday, Sept. 9. The Gia Milani-directed film also stars Kevin Zegers.
So…..what to say? I HAVE THE POWER!! The power is in my case, not to tune in.