Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Z is for... Zazu

Z is for... Zazu
Film: Lion King (1994)
Actor: Rowan Atkinson

The Character
Zazu is a responsible adviser to the King, but the King's son, Simba, realises that Zazu's methods are antiquated. King's don't need advice from little hornbills for a start.

Of course, like any boring teacher, Zazu is always correct... but that's not always the fun way, right?


The Actor
Rowan Atkinson is one of Britain's finest comedy actors. He has probably become most well known for his role as Mr. Bean, the bumbling Mini-owning man who seemed to find himself in very bizarre situatoins. The TV series spun off into a film, Bean, which spawned a sequel, Mr. Bean's Holiday.

For British audiences he is also well known in Blackadder, where he plays an ancestry line through time with his assistant Baldrick (Tony Robinson). Elsewhere, on film, he is widely recognised as Johnny English - a spoof secret agent with British interests at heart.

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Bonus!
Thanks for sticking with my blog throughout the A to Z challenge. Enjoy this extra Rowan Atkinson film from the London Olympic Games 2012.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Y is for... Yzma

Y is for... Yzma
Film: The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
Actor: Eartha Kitt

The Character
Yzma is pretty... ugly. As an evil villain she has schemes just as dastardly as the rest - and equally just as daft as the rest too. She could easily give Wile. E. Coyote a run for his money in the stupid plan stakes.

On the positive side, her megalomaniacal ways are often muted by her henchman Kronk - but his reason often falls on deaf ears. Perhaps if she had, the Empire wouldn't now be run by a llama that vaguely resembles its former leader.

The Actor
Eartha Kitt isn't a name that springs to most people's mind when they think of comic actresses. In truth, that's because she's not. She's a singer who has happened to have appeared in a few films. Remember the song "Santa Baby" before it was redone by a million different artists? Yeah, that was Eartha Kitt originally.

Film-wise she has still had a reasonable career with over 30 acting credits to her name. Most recognisable of these are her turn as Yzma from Emperor's New Groove (and the direct-to-video sequels), Bageera in The Jungle Book sequel and Madame Zeroni in Holes (2003).

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

X is for... Xander Cage

X is for... Xander Cage
Film:  xXx (2002)
Actor: Vin Diesel

The Character
Xander Cage is one hardcore man who is a little too rebellious to be left on the streets, so the law decided to get him before he broke it. Once recruited, Xander goes sightseeing in various locations around the world including the USA, Columbia and the Czech Republic. There is one condition though - he must kill some bad guys.

The Actor
While Vin Diesel hit the acting scene in the 1990's, it wasn't until the early 2000's that he hit the mainstream in Pitch Black and xXx. This was also the period where he made the first Fast film - The Fast and the Furious.

Apart from one memorable (or, not) aside as a babysitter in The Pacifer, Vin Diesel has stamped his authority on the modern action genre with further Fast films, and Babylon A.D.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

W is for... White Goodman

W is for... White Goodman
Actor: Ben Stiller
Films: Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

The Character
White Goodman should be an inspiration to us all. Once upon a time he was overweight and grotesque, and he turned his life around to become one of the fittest guys around - albeit still grotesque. He is also a keen businessman having built his empire of gyms up from nothing and with a life like that it proves he isn't an Average Joe.

Problem is, he's a little bigoted and sees himself as a bit of a ladies man. He could be, save for the fact that he would be embarrassed on a first date as his head wouldn't fit through a door - especially not with all that hair. He is also a little too hell bent on vengeance to be worthy of a second date.

The Actor
Ben Stiller began his acting career on the television and broke into the limelight with four episodes on Saturday Night Live after the producers liked his own parody work. After a brief foray into short films, Stiller was given his own show on MTV.

After this success, Stiller hit the big time in the 1990's with films such as The Cable Guy and Reality Bites, where he both directed and acted in the films. After a few more successful films in Zoolander and Meet The Parents, Stiller entered his purple patch in 2004 with Meet The Fockers, Anchorman (cameo), Dodgeball, Envy, Starsky & Hutch and Along Came Polly.

As well as directing and acting, he has also done voice work when he starred as Alex in the Madagascar franchise.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

V is for... Van Wilder

V is for... Van Wilder
Film: Van Wilder: Party Liaison (2002)
Actor: Ryan Reynolds

The Character
Van Wilder is a guy that likes to party hard. When he's not partying, he's off aiding other people in holding their own bashes and, as a result, he earned himself the title of Party Liaison Officer.


Life isn't all rosy for Van Wilder as his job often impedes his University work and it looks like he is about to throw any future of a career away. If only there were something he was good at...

The Actor
Ryan Reynolds has had an interesting career. Off the top of my head I can think of films where he has been a comic book character (Green Lantern), a fake husband (The Proposal) and buried alive (err, Buried). All in the life of a Hollywood superstar, then.

Despite his popularity and fame, Ryan Reynolds hasn't actually appeared in that many films. Aside from the odd rom-com, which Reynolds is most famous for, he has also made appearances in crime (Smokin' Aces) and horror (The Amityville Horror). In fact, he genre-skips so much it is difficult to predict which film he will star in next.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

U is for... Uncle Albert

* OK, he's not a film character. I could have done Uncle Fester, but I've already written about Christoper Lloyd, so ner.

U is for... Uncle Albert
Films Sitcom: Only Fools and Horses (1985 - 1999)
Actor: Buster Merryfield

The Character
You may have heard that Uncle Albert Gladstone Trotter did many things durin' the war. Actually, in his defence, he was a decorated war veteran who performed many brave antics and single handedly sunk many ships... even if they were on his own side.

His clearly successful past earned him the right to a peaceful life with his thoughtful nephews who are always there to look out for him. They even had the heart to take him in when their granddad sadly passed away.

The Actor
Buster Merryfield didn't get on the acting scene until the 1980's, where he took a few roles on stage and small roles in television in his retirement. It wasn't until he was offered the part of Uncle Albert, to take the place of Granddad following the sudden death of Lennard Pearce.

He played the part of Uncle Albert until 1996, trademarking the catchphrase "During the war...". After the sitcom ended, he returned to the stage before he died in 1999.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

T is for... The Tramp

T is for... The Tramp
Films: Modern Times (1936), City Lights (1931), The Circus (1928), The Gold Rush (1925), Nice and Friendly (1922), The Kid (1921), A Dog's Life (1918), Easy Street (1917), Shanghaied (1915/I), The Tramp (1915), Recreation (1914), The Star Boarder (1914/II), Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914)
Actor: Charlie Chaplin

The Character
Despite being a homeless fellow, The Tramp aspires for something far greater. He often finds himself in bizarre situations that mean he could enhance his social status, but regularly screws it up to end up where he was before.


He only appears to have one set of clothes - in a similar vein to a cartoon character. His trademark bowler hat and baggy trousers with jacket and tie do everything to exemplify each social class.

Despite not being very wealthy, The Tramp is well travelled, having even visited as far North as Klondike, Canada in his hunt for gold and love. Again, he finds himself in perilous situations and, having had it all, only goes and loses it again.


The Actor
Charlie Chaplin is the star of silent comedy. In fact, because he - and his Tramp character - became so synonymous with 1920's and 30's film-making, he became a victim of his own success. At the dawn of the 'talkies', Chaplin failed to adjust his mannerisms to take in the marvellous invention of sound.

Despite his failure to adapt to modern film and the controversies that surrounded him in the 1940's onwards, Chaplin will always be remembered for giving the world its first true taste of comedy, from one of the world's first superstars.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

S is for... Steve Stifler

S is for... Steve Stifler
Actor: Seann William Scott
Films: American Pie (1999), American Pie 2 (2001), American Pie: The Wedding (2003), American Pie: Reunion (2012)

The Character
Steve Stifler is a lewd young man who doesn't change in later age. He is known to be into sport, namely lacrosse, but isn't particularly academic and it makes him suffer in later life.

Despite this, he is very popular at school thanks to his ability to throw a damn good party and, equally, because he has a very attractive mother who looks a lot like Jennifer Coolidge. Some might even call her a MILF.

He is clearly a ladies man, at least in his own mind, but cares deeply for his friends too. That is, except for Paul Finch who Stifler fears may one day be his father-in-law... or at least the father of his half-sibling. He may also have a fear of chocolate cake.

The Actor
Seann William Scott's big break came in the American Pie franchise as party-thrower Stifler. As a result of this role he has come to be typecast in that role.

Despite this, Scott has had a varied career outside the American Pie franchise. Sure, he played a similar part in Road Trip (2000), Dude Where's My Car (2000) and Role Models (2008), but he has also been a monk's assistant in Bulletproof Monk (2003) and done some voice acting in the form of Crash in the Ice Age sequels.

Finally, Seann William Scott's most famous role outside of American Pie came in the form of Bo in The Dukes of Hazard (2005) - a reboot of the famous TV series.

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

R is for... Rufus T. Firefly

R is for... Rufus T Firefly
Actor: Groucho Marx
Film: Duck Soup

The Character
Rufus T. Firefly is the dictator of the bankrupt State of Freedonia, but fortunately he has the confidence and financial backing of the wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.

As his country is undergoing a political siege from nearby Sylvania it is not clear whether Firefly is aware of the terror that faces him. In fact, it is not clear whether Firefly knows anything about anything.

The Actor
Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx was one third of the Marx Brothers, along with his siblings Chico and Harpo. There were two other brothers too, Zeppo (who appeared in Duck Soup) and Gummo.

Despite only appearing in only half of his films without his brothers, Groucho is often considered the most enigmatic of the group with his snappy one-liners and witty innuendos. Due to the way comedy has evolved it makes him very difficult to understand to the modern audience, but it is still very intelligent none-the-less.

His legacy does live on though in his comedy moustache, glasses and nose which are seen as classic props in any gag.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Q is for... Q

Q is for... Q
Actor: Peter Burton (Dr. No), Desmond Llewelyn, John Cleese (The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day), Ben Whitshaw (Skyfall)
Films: James Bond franchise (except Live and Let Die, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace)

The Character
Major Geoffrey Boothroyd is Quartermaster to James Bond and is known as Q to his colleagues in respect to his job title. He often devises gadgets of a questionable nature with humorous end results appearing in the background while he prompts Bond on his latest mission.

He is known to have a base in several different countries and often appears with very little warning in the most obscure of places. Luckily this rigorous testing throughout the world provides Bond with the most advanced gadgetry known to the British Secret Service.


The Actor
A former lieutenant in the British Army and prisoner of Colditz Castle, Desmond Llewelyn turned to acting as an extra in several films following the end of the Second World War.

He eventually went on to become the staple of the James Bond franchise appearing in all of the films (except Dr. No and Live and Let Die) until his death in 1999. For the most part this was his only acting work except for a few other minor roles in films such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Ironically his death was sudden, in a car accident, but his character had had a fitting send off in his previous film, Die Another Day, telling Bond he must always have an escape plan.

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Pay attention 007.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

P is for... Phil Connors

P is for... Phil Connors
Actor: Bill Murray
Films: Groundhog Day (1993)

The Character
Phil Connors is a grumpy guts. He hates Punxsutawney almost as much as he hates little rats - especially if they share the same name as him. On the bright side, it could be worse - he could be in an endless loop of the worst day of his life.

Again, there are always positives to take from the situation. It is possible to experience death, multiple times, sex, multiple times, and the most happy radio presenter in the world... multiple times. Daily.

At least his colleagues are sympathetic to his egotistical cause.

Yes, he's grumpy. He has a point.

The Actor
Who you gunna call? Bill Murray! After a varied start on US television at the tail end of the 1970's, Murray started his film career in 1979 with his role in Meatballs and quickly established his career in the early 1980's.

His big break came in 1984 with Ghostbusters which quickly became a cult classic thanks in the most part to Murray's sharp wit and humour. The film's success spawned a sequel, but not before Murray had starred in Little Shop of Horrors.

His role as the unfortunate (but enterprising) egotist in Ghostbusters is very similar to the part he played in Groundhog Day and has undoubtedly formed a part of Murray's comedic career.

Into the new Century and Murray has starred in voice work with Garfield and Fantastic Mr. Fox but his other comedy is not far behind as he followed up playing himself in Space Jam (1996) with a rather random self-titled character in Zombieland.


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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

O is for... Oscar

O is for... Oscar
Actor: Will Smith
Films: Shark Tale (2004)

The Character
Oscar is a fish. In truth I don't know much about Oscar, only that he is in a cartoon called Shark Tale - and cartoons tend to be funny. I just needed an 'O' and I wanted to talk about Will Smith. The rest of this section is practically lifted from Wikipedia.

For a fish, Oscar has high aspirations. Despite having no need for currency he dreams of being rich and famous. He would probably have been eaten long ago if he didn't have the good fortune to come across the only vegetarian shark that I have heard of outside Finding Nemo. Also, I have no idea why a car wash would be in the sea. The idea appears moronic.

The Actor
If Will Smith had his own Tomatometer he would be 'Certified Fresh'. It wasn't always that way though - in 1990, Will Smith was almost bankrupt and it was only when NBC built the show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air around him that he began an acting career that is still flourishing today.

While Smith became known for his action qualities in Independence Day and Enemy of the State, he has never forgotten his root with the proof in the fact that a comedy was never far away in films such as Men in Black and Wild Wild West.

Two sequels to Men in Black followed but he has also tried his hand in romantic comedy with Hitch, thriller with I Am Legend and voice work with Shark Tale. He truly is one of the most versatile actors around.

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*may or may not be from Shark Tale

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

N is for... Neil Patrick Harris

N is for... Neil Patrick Harris
Actor: Neil Patrick Harris
Films: Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle (2004), Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay (2008), A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)

The Character
Neil Patrick Harris is just like the real Neil Patrick Harris except that he likes girls, drugs, prostitutes and hanging out of the top of cars (basically everything your Mum told you to avoid as a kid). Yes, Neil Patrick Harris is the weed-smoking ladies man who pops up at the most inconvenient time when Harold and Kumar are in a heap of trouble.

There are rumours that he takes on a gay appearance in real life in order to make his womanising far easier, but I have my doubts.

The Actor
Neil Patrick Harris is, in reality, nothing like his character counterpart in the Harold & Kumar series. He has had a relatively long career in film, and made one his early films in 1988 alongside Whoopi Goldberg. To American audiences he is well known for playing the title role in Doogie Houser M.D.

He became more popular across the rest of the world with his appearance in Harold & Kumar where he played himself (and, in the third film, had his partner star alongside him). Since 2005 he has become the womanising Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

M is for... McLovin

M is for... McLovin
Actor: Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Films: Superbad (2007)

The Character
If you ask McLovin exactly who he is he will tell you that he is a 25 year old organ donor from Hawaii whose friends happen to call him Fogell (which is definitely nothing to do with it being a fake ID canIhavemyalcoholplease).

Although noone says it, McLovin is undoubtedly the one who drags his friends down with his dorky motives - although he is willing to take the rap as he finds himself in trouble with the law.

The Actor
Fogell aka McLovin was Christopher Mintz-Plasse's first role in film after auditioning alongside two friends. He quickly established himself as playing geeky characters with another similar part in Role Models (2008).

His next most recognised role came in the 2010 film Kick Ass as super villain Red Mist - a part that he will reprise later this year in Kick Ass 2.

He has also done some voice over work as Fishlegs Ingerman in How To Train Your Dragon, two spin-off shorts and will reprise the role next year for the sequel.

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

L is for... Lee

L is for... Lee
Actor: Jackie Chan
Films: Rush Hour (1998), Rush Hour 2 (2001), Rush Hour 3 (2007)

The Character
Detective Inspector Lee is brilliant officer of the Hong Kong Police Force but finds himself lumbered by the arrogance of a Los Angeles Police Department detective called James Carter who has other things on his mind than finding the culprit in Lee's investigations.

Despite Lee's brilliance as a detective he is out of water when he investigates on American soil. After Lee has learnt what exactly War is good for (and the crime is solved), he becomes friends with Carter and Carter comes to visit Lee in Hong Kong - where another crime is committed! Luckily the duo are there to bodge their way through it all.

Later, back in America, Lee has to face the triads and uses his martial arts skill to defeat the army of assassins.

The Actor
Soon after acting in his first films in Hong Kong, Jackie Chan attained a black belt in the discipline Hapkido. It was these two roles that brought him to the attention of the mainstream Hong Kong market as it was thought that Chan would make the ideal stuntman. Chan doubled for Bruce Lee on more than one occasion during his early career.

During the 1980's Chan continued to make a name for himself in Hong Kong - even going so far as to displace Bruce Lee in the box office records. Into the 1990's, Chan started to make a name for himself in the cop buddy comedy with the Police Story franchise before he finally got his Hollywood blockbuster break in Rush Hour (1998) alongside Chris Tucker.

This success spawned two more sequels in the early 2000's and along with films such as Shanghai Noon (2000) and The Tuxedo (2002) he became a household name throughout the world. He has since returned more to his roots by voicing The Master in Kung Fu Panda and playing The Master in the Karate Kid remake.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

K is for... Kevin Patterson

K is for... Kevin Patterson
Actor: Harry Enfield
Films: Kevin & Perry Go Large

The Character
Kevin Patterson, or Kevin The Teenager to his friends, is a ginger prat. While he is happy to tell you his parents hate him and that he'd never been born, his poor despairing mother has to put up with his mood swings and general teenage behaviour.

All being said, his parents did take him on holiday - once - to Ibiza. Kevin proceeded to embarrass himself with his best friend Perry (who looks like the suspiciously feminine Cathy Burke) as they both attempted to lose their virginity while being influenced by a drug-addled DJ called Eyeball Paul.

I just hope that he fulfills his dream of "doing it", before he reaches his twenties.

The Actor
Harry Enfield's career has been built around sketches for television. During his early days he would create characters for the UK Channel 4 with his comedy partner Paul Whitehouse.

In the early 1990's Enfield and Whitehouse teamed up with Kathy Burke to star in Harry Enfield & Chums which featured sketches on modern British culture including The Scousers, Wayne and Waynetta Slob and Kevin The Teenager. The latter of these was turned into a big screen production.

He later turned his eye to directing and writing, but is now back performing sketches on British television with Whitehouse in Harry and Paul.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

J is for... Johnnie Gray

J is for... Johnnie Grey
Actor: Buster Keaton
Films: The General (1926)

The Character
Johnnie Grey is a lovesick puppy who was rejected by the army for being too valuable in his present job. He made a calamitous journey across the Union / Confederate divide to save a charming woman who decided she wasn't interested because he wasn't a soldier.

On his journey he is often faced with obstacles that are seemingly impossible to overcome, but these are smartly stepped around using great ingenuity.

The Actor
Like Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton was a huge name in silent comedy. Whilst he started on stage with his family in The Three Keatons, he became known for his film career that spanned 50 years, between 1917 and 1966, as both an actor and a director.

He is renowned for creating and performing his own stunts, including a scene from The General that is rumoured to be the most expensive stunt in cinematic history (after inflation). His work in this field inspired other actors, such as Jackie Chan, decades after his showpieces.

Like many stars of the silent era, Keaton failed to make a successful living after the transition to sound, and he would later admit that signing for MGM was the worst decision of his life. He made a brief comeback in the 1930's and 1940's without too much success. Little matter, Keaton's real masterpieces had already been stamped into Hollywood history.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I is for... Inspector Clouseau

I is for... Inspector Clouseau
Actor: Peter Sellers, Alan Arkin (Inspector Clouseau (1968)), Roger Moore (Curse of the Pink Panther (1983)), Steve Martin[1] (The Pink Panther (2006), The Pink Panther 2 (2009))
Films: The Pink Panther (1963), A Shot in the Dark (1964), Inspector Clouseau (1968), The Return of the Pink Panther (1975), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978), Trail of The Pink Panther (1982), Curse of the Pink Panther (1983), The Pink Panther (2006), The Pink Panther 2 (2009)

The Character
Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau is a bumbling fool and a shame to the police force. He often shows a disregard for other people's property in his quest to capture a criminal.

His deduction methods, however, are second to none and despite his obvious shortcomings he is able to figure out whodunnit with extreme accuracy. He is also highly patriotic and his rise to Chief Inspector must, in part, be to do with the outward and exaggerated affection that Clouseau shows towards his country.

The Actor
Peter Sellers devoted his life to comedy and character acting and appeared on stage, on the radio, on television and in over 50 films. At one point he even provided the voice of a chimpanzee in an advert for PG Tips.

Inspector Clouseau aside, and his most famous role was in Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove (1964) where he played three different characters - all of whom were different nationalities - and was nominated for an Academy Award.

He would later go on to be nominated for another Academy Award for his role in the 1979 film Being There, which was the last film to be released before his death in 1980.

[1] Unfortunately I have no other characters lined up for Steve Martin, so although Peter Sellers was the iconic Clouseau, Steve Martin deserves a little mention for his portrayal in the modern Pink Panther films. His career has also been full of great moments - not least whenever I see him playing the banjo! I urge you to watch this video on YouTube.

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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

H is for... Happy Gilmore

H is for... Happy Gilmore
Actor: Adam Sandler
Films: Happy Gilmore

The Character
Happy Gilmore is an amateur ice hockey player turned pro golfer. He is far better at hitting a golf ball than he is on hitting the ladies - not least because of his very bad temper.

Despite his anger management issues,  he is a caring family man who would like nothing better than to see his grandma see out the rest of her days in peace and tranquillity - preferably in her own home. He has very little time for those inconsiderate hecklers and, if he wasn't so into his golf, would make an ideal steward in sports which require absolute silence - such as snooker, tennis and bowls.

The Actor
Adam Sandler has grown a reputation for the more distasteful side of comedy with his characters often showing a great deal of immaturity. He often plays the fool who has just enough empathetic sense to be loveable.

His movie protagonist debut came with Billy Madison in 1995 and although the film wasn't overly well received, Sandler burst straight onto the scene as one of Hollywood's fall-guy actors. His roles in Happy Gilmore (1996) and The Waterboy (1998) were very similar to that of his debut.

Sandler moved into romantic comedies at the turn of the Millennium with Big Daddy (1999), 50 First Dates (2004) and Click (2006) before returning to the dafter side of comedy with You Don't Mess With The Zohan (2008), Grown Ups (2010) and Jack and Jill (2011). The latter swept the board at the Raspberry's - the awards for terrible films.

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Monday, April 08, 2013

G is for... Genie

G is for... Genie
Actor: Robin Williams (+ Dan Castellaneta in Return of Jafar)
Films: Aladdin (1992), Return of Jafar (1994), Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996)

The Character
Genie has the appearance of an overgrown smurf, or a reject from James Cameron's Avatar. It is not known exactly what Genie looks like because he is able to change in a whisp of smoke, but it is assumed that his normal form is that of a blue jinn with a curly beard and ponytail (reminiscent of a blue Penn Jillette).

He is later freed by Aladdin and has to work as a relationship councillor to reconcile Aladdin and Jasmine after a falling out. Despite all of his magic, Genie never abuses his power by shape-shifting into anything inappropriate (although I'm assuming it must be very tempting), or to give Aladdin's irritating monkey the ability to use words to communicate rather than squeaking and pointing.

The Actor
Robin Williams is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the finest voice actors of our generation. Although he has become well known for his ability to deliver a huge vocal variety, including accents, Williams began his acting on the TV show Happy Days - and later spinoff Mork and Mindy. Around this time he also entertained audiences with his standup comedy - a trait that has continued throughout his career.

Williams' film career has been varied, but generally followed comedy with roles in Good Morning Vietnam (1987) as a radio host and Mrs Doubtfire (1993) where he plays a man who dresses up as a Nanny to get access to his kids.

Despite this, Williams has never shied away from more edgy material with thrillers Insomia (2002) and One Hour Photo (2002) being good examples of his more serious side. Williams won an Oscar for his role as a therapist in Good Will Hunting (1997).

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