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Monday, March 7, 2011

that guy from that thing

I feel like I should update my blog, but I don't want to talk about me. I've talked about me a lot and everybody else has talked about me and it's just enough of me.

Let's talk about William Fichtner. You may say to yourself, "I don't know who that it is," and you'd probably be right, but then you'd look at a picture of him and go, "Oh yeah! He's that guy from the thing!" Yep. That's William Fichtner.



He's been in a number of television shows and movies over the past twenty years, including The Dark Knight, Prison Break, Armageddon, Mr & Mrs Smith, and Crash. And I've always enjoyed him. But on Friday I saw on Drive Angry, and it officially won me over as a hardcore fan.

Okay. So I know what you're thinking. "Drive Angry 3D? Really?" Yes. I expected it to be horrible. But it wasn't. I seriously loved it. And I would say at least 90% of that love came from William Fichtner's protrayal of the Accountant.

I will say that by the end of the film, I still didn't completely understand what he was "accounting." And some of the film didn't completely "make sense." But the explosions were fun. The cars were awesome (it was mostly a 69 Charger). And William Fichtner was incredibly badass.

So I would recommend going seeing it. I honestly gave it to a 9 out of 10. My viewing companions didn't enjoy it as much as I did. But I've figured out that if at least one thing blows up and at least one person is super awesome and kickass, then I will enjoy the movie. Especially when I see it in theaters.

At any rate, William Fichtner is somebody who deserves more buzz this week than me. So go watch Drive Angry  or Albino Alligator or The Dark Knight. But really, you should watch The Dark Knight every day anyway.

32 comments:

  1. "Albino Alligator" is a great little movie that only a few people have heard about... That sounds weird when you mention big names like Viggo Mortensen, Matt Dillon, and Faye Dunnaway. And "those guys I've seen somewhere" like Gary Sinise, William Fichtner and Skeet Ulrich. I've always thought it was "The Usual Suspects" that could, unfortunately minus the buzz and awards.

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  2. this guy is a freaking charter member of the That Guy club.

    don't forget his turn as the Blind Sidekick in Contact.

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  3. OMG! Finally! Someone who view movies the same way I do! That is always my movie criteria! Explosions and super awesome kick ass bad asses! My family thinks I am crazy. :) I will always pick an action movie over anything else!

    Side note: I first saw William Fichtner a long time ago when he had a role in As The World Turns.

    Yeah...I am old.

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  4. I remember him from The Guiding Light -- used to watch with my grandmother. He's had a nice long career.

    Josie Wade

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  5. I thought it was great too, & I loved that guy in the thing you were talking about. I understand you didn't want to talk about you, but I would love to read the interviews. How could I access them, if i could?

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  6. Wow, he IS that guy that was in that one thing... perpetually! It used to be Paul Giamatti, but he's a real person now as well :)

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  7. I remember him from Guiding Light a million years ago and have loved watching him pave his way in movies. He really is a great That Guy and can play Any Guy really well! Nice blog Amanda!

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  8. I love him!! I knew his face and what movies he played in but did not know his name until last year. He was filming Drive Angry in my town and he was shopping at Target. I knew I recognized him but since I did not know his name I never talked to him. I could not believe no one noticed him. I took my two children and stalked him through Target until I realized how rude I was being and just left!!

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  9. He is also from a great Miniseries/Movie called Empire Falls, based on Richard Russo's great book. I suggest everyone check that out!

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  10. He had what was, IMO, the ONLY good scene in Armageddon, he was the ONLY good character in Ultraviolet (literally scanned through that one for his scenes), and I loved, loved, loved, *LOVED* him in Invasion.

    For the longest time, I thought he was Christopher Walken's son because they look alike to me and they're both amazingly talented actors with ridiculous range.

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  11. Oh! I love that guy. I didn't realize that was who you were talking about. I loved him in Blades of Glory. But I loved everyone in that movie. <3 Thank you for telling me who that is.

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  12. I remember his when he came on ATWT. Gosh that was a long time ago. He's a wonderful actor and no one ever knows his name! But you always remember the face.

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  13. I always liked William Fichtner on Prison Break. I could never figure out just how good or bad he really was, I liked that about him! I never got around to watching the end of the series because the show started to kinda suck, but if you havent already you should check out the first couple of seasons of that show.

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  14. I always loved this guy's stuff ever since seeing him in "Go," and now always smile when he pops up on the screen.

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  15. Hello Amanda. I'l look for this guy in some flicks based on your recommendation.

    Maybe you did a post in the past, so not to be department of redundancy department, but you reflect on outlining the new Hollowland book. Would adore reading about your outlining mechanism: butcher paper with Post-Its? Index cards? Scrivener? Do you write in MS Word? All one big document or each chapter a separate file? Readers and writers love to see behind the curtain-- "Don't mind the man behind the curtain, for I am the mighty Oz!"

    Thanks, A.

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  16. William Fichtner won me over in Prison Break. If you haven't seen him in it, you should.

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  17. Don't forget about his role in Michael Mann's HEAT, the FIRST film to get DeNiro and Pacino together. Although I suspect they were never on set together due to their massive egos, because in their scene in the restaurant the camera does a constant back-and-forth two-shot over the shoulder, and never a master of them sitting together. Fichtner was great when DeNiro came to kill him and through the chair through the window and then shot him. Fichtner "died" really well, falling backward over the coffee table.

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  18. http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/Fichtner_Firsthand/

    If you are a Fichtner fan or want to learn more, this is the place.

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  19. I thought he did an excellent job in Blackhawk Down. Come to think of it he's excellent in everything he does.

    By the way, I mentioned you in my blog post today - hope you don't mind: http://manoflabook.com/wp/?p=1754

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  20. William Fichtner looks just like Will Arnett, who is also a great actor. Are they related?

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  21. I was worried Nick Cage would ruin this one, and I suppose you didn't really say that he didn't, but I've always loved this other guy. I'll admit, I didn't know his name, but he has a lot of great bit parts. Heat. Go. Strange Days. Crash.

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  22. I'm getting angry. So I'm going to vent. This looks like a good place to do it-

    There are a lot of stories being written about you right now, and with these stories come a lot of comments. Now, most people on these comments are saying things about how they think you're awesome, and they get what you're doing, and all that....but there's always some people on there saying that you're a hack, and you don't know what good writing is, and none of your books have any story. This frustrates me.

    Now, some of the people that come to your defense call these people out on what they're saying, and they say that you're like what McDonald's is to books. To some, that might come across as condescending, but I think it's accurate. A lot of people like McDonald's because it tastes good, it's easy, and it's cheap. I think all of those things can also be said about your books (except for the tasting them. I haven't tried that yet. But they're fun to read. And that's what I meant.)

    Obviously, people are feeling the same way, because if they weren't, wouldn't they just buy one of your books and stop there? It doens't make sense for you to have 7 books in the top 100, and be a horrible writer, does it?

    I guess all I'm trying to say, is that just because what you're writing is more mainstream, and less Hemmingway, shouldn't detract from your ability to entertain people. People are buying your books because they're a well-written fun escape, and you know that. That's why you're smart, and that's why you're doing better than the snobs who are trying to write meaningful novels about how plastic bags are the most beautiful things they've ever seen.

    *End Rant*

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  23. YES! He's such a good actor that I feel a little sheepish that every time I see him in something new I have to call my mom (or she calls me) to tell her that "creepy Josh" (the character he played on As the World Turns...and he WAS creepy!) is in something new. It's become some a goofy game between us. So yeah, backing up the William Fichtner love.

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  24. Ha! That's exactly how I refer to him. When I celeb spotted him awhile back I just couldn't think of what he was in but knew he was in everything!

    I just have to keep repeating "Batman, batman, batman" so I don't forget. He is such a great actor and now I actually know his name. Thanks!

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  25. Aaah!! This is the guy who played "Josh" on As the World Turns. The uncle who raped "Iva" when she was only 13. So...as a result of that whenever I look at him I just go "EWW". However, he was in a show called "Invasion" that was AWESOME and naturally got cancelled b/c all the shows I like get cancelled.

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  26. Wait, isn't this the "nice guy" who tried to date Grace on Grace Under Fire?

    Yeah, I love him too. *sigh*

    Also, mean people suck. :)

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  27. Thanks for giving us your view of what has been happening. Congrats by the way on your success. I agree its time to move on and I enjoy your regular posts.

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  28. He was on The Longest Yard also.

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  29. Didn't this actor get his start in John Carpenter's "The Fog" way back in the day?

    Nicholas La Salla
    One More Day: A Modern Ghost Story

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  30. Yeah! Will Fichtner love!! It's about bloody time! Nobody else in my circle knows who he is, but he's awesome!

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