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Three Reasons Why Tyler Gallant Will Make an Excellent Crow

In my previous post I talked about a personal friend of mine Tyler Gallant. I thought it best to give a short list of why I think he’ll be up to the task of filling the shoes of Eric Draven.

  1. The most obvious reason that Tyler Gallant looks like he came straight out of James O’Barr’s comic. He even has the hair so there is no need for a wig!
  2. Like any great actor, Tyler understands the motivations of his character. Tyler does research, works with his acting coach to get the most out of the character, and he finds out what makes his character tick. I got to see this first hand on the set of Wonder Woman: Molded from Clay. Even between takes he stayed in character. He would play with a line where he knew he had room to play with it and he watched as we all reacted. He saw what worked and what didn’t and at the end of it all he had us full of laughter and awe.
  3. Gallant is athletic. I don’t know if you could tell from the photo, but the dude is ripped. He was once a pro hockey player in the minor leagues with the Utah Grizzlies, Amarillo Gorillas, Arizona Sundogs, Odessa Jackalopes, Queen City Storm and Knoxville Ice Bears. He’s been trained in boxing, hockey fighting, and has worked with a professional MMA athlete.

You should also check out his acting reel and his biography.

If you would like to book Tyler for work please contact Jason Hough of Callisto Management at Jason Hough Email.

Gender and Race Swapping Part 2

In a previous post I talked about how gender and race swapping for characters sometimes bothers me. Upon further observation, I think it’s more of an OCD type of flaw in me. After seeing the new Fantastic Four trailer, I feel like all is right with the world. It’s awesomeness has trumped my OCD. And my OCD has subsided, I think it’s good that we are changing things up a bit. We can’t continue to have the same exact story brought to the screen with new reboots and reinterpretations.

But now the Ghostbusters will be women! For shame! I hope you detected the sarcasm there. From the sounds of it the Ghostbuster’s reboot will be similar only in name. Yes there will be four leads that are going to have comedic roles, but it sounds like the filmmakers are also going to try to be genuinely scary as well. I see no problems with this new version of Ghostbusters, I only wish I could have a true continuation of the original story. The best I have is a video game, which I must admit was pretty fantastic.

Now enjoy the Fantastic Four Teaser trailer.

The Mask You Live In

It’s a breath of fresh air to see a documentary coming to fruition that focuses on the detrimental effects caused by the world’s view of masculinity. We’ve seen many documentaries similar to this for women, but sometimes we forget to analyze these sort of things for men.

I can remember wanting to die when I was a child due to the pressure of my peers (seriously, there were thoughts of suicide). I was the awkward smart kid who needed a little work on his social skills. I can remember being lured into a fight once because I didn’t want to be seen as weak. I can remember being called ‘fag’, ‘goomer’, ‘pussy’ and ever other word you can think of that kills self esteem. I can definitely relate to the premise of this documentary and I cannot wait to watch it.

 

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First Batfleck Images

Yesterday the biggest thing I saw on the internet was images of Ben Afleck in the batsuit. I must say it looks awesome! More importantly, look how awesome the batmobile looks!

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Here’s a better look where the image is brightened.

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I’m withholding judgment until I see the film. I think everyone thinks this is an odd choice for Batman after the Daredevil flop.  But that is some good eye candy.

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A good friend of mine (Joey in the comments) linked me to a bunch of images of “Sad Batfleck”. Personally this is my favorite.

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Gender & Race Swapping

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Recently the new cast for the upcoming Fantastic Four movie was announced. The guy on the far right is Johnny Storm/The Human Torch. If you don’t remember his sister is Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman. Unless Sue Storm is invisible throughout this entire movie, I think people might notice that they are not the same race. This is a big deviation from the comic. I’m guessing they are going to make them half siblings or step siblings. This kind of change bothers me, not because they changed the race of Johnny Storm, but because they are messing with the formula.

Perry White in the “Man of Steel” movie was played by Laurence Fishburne. Did this race change bother me? No. Perry White’s race doesn’t really mess with the formula. I don’t know if you knew this or not, but there was a character in “Man of Steel” named Jenny Olsen that was following Perry White around in the city. I don’t think they actually ever said her name. But if Jenny is a replacement instead of a relative to Jimmy Olsen, I’m going to have weird feelings about it just as I do about Johnny Storm. Actually, I think this is a bigger problem than the race change with Johnny Storm. At least with Johnny Storm, he can still be her brother (even though he won’t be 100% blood brother). If she is the replacement, that is omitting part of the formula, not just altering it.

I will admit that I had the same reaction when they changed the gender and races of people in Battlestar Galactica. But after watching a few episodes and seeing that this was an entirely different universe, I gave in and loved the changes that were made. Katee Sackhoff was amazing!

Maybe I just need to give these changes some time. Maybe I’ll learn to like the changes. In any case, I’ll be standing in line with everyone else when the movie comes out.