Nice Guy Typecasting: Other Than His Role in ‘Bridesmaids,’ I’ve Never Really Seen Actor Chris O’Dowd Play a “Nice Guy.”
Most of the following originally appeared in an assessment of actor Chris O’Dowd’s movie career I wrote in 2016, but that post was getting way too long, so I’m breaking that content off and placing it here.
I enjoyed O’Dowd’s turn as Nathan Rhodes in 2011’s ‘Bridesmaids’ film (I saw it for the first time on cable television in 2015).
I have no desire to watch O’Dowd’s performances in other movies as a sexist jerk who makes rape jokes or who abuses animals (but I have unfortunately seen a few of his other movies).
O’Dowd was asked in an interview (that I linked to in a previous post on this blog) about playing jerks in movies after having played the nice guy cop in ‘Bridesmaids.’
The interviewer said O’Dowd laughed about it and made fun of women who liked that Rhodes character by saying something like women viewers wouldn’t like him anymore, not after they saw any of the creeps he was going to play for several movies in a row after ‘Bridesmaids.’
How dense and unappreciative of O’Dowd.
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The Now-Removed Tweet Where Sylvester Stallone Sexualizes His Daughters – Yet Again (Feb. 2018)
I wrote a blog post a few months ago, where I mentioned (about 3/4th down the page) how Sylvester Stallone sexualized one of his daughters in one of his Tweets. That same post also discussed sexual abuse allegations against Stallone by different women, including his now-deceased half-sister, Toni-Ann.
Many men (and I guess a few women) who saw this latest (Feb. 2018) Twitter content from Stallone realized how bad it looked, but Stallone was apparently oblivious to how bad it looks for a father to tweet about how his daughters look “hot” or how they having “bangin’ bods” or whatever the magazine headlines he was quoting were going on about.
But then, when one considers he not only allegedly preyed on teen-aged girls in the 1980s, but that he allegedly repeatedly groped and raped his own half-sister, I guess his moral compass regarding sexual ethics and inappropriate behavior has always been off-kilter.
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What Does Hollywood’s Reverence for Child Rapist Roman Polanski Tell Us? by Hadley Freeman
… On 1 February 1978, after 42 days in jail, Polanski fled the US while awaiting final sentencing, having pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. On these facts, everyone agrees.
There are no hazy conspiracy theories – we know exactly what happened because Polanski admitted to it and later wrote about it in astonishing detail in his autobiography, Roman by Polanski, published six years after he left the US and went to France, where he still lives.
… But, in truth, for many British and US actors, working with Polanski never lost its cachet, and arguably had even more once he became excluded from the US mainstream.
Sigourney Weaver, Harrison Ford, Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kate Winslet and many more have appeared in Polanski movies in the decades since his conviction, and questions about why they were working with a convicted child rapist were seen as tacky, proof of a rigid mind more focused on gossip than art.
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Sylvester Stallone’s Temper Problem and Gross Weirdness
(This post has been updated to add new information. Latest update: January 5, 2018)
I began work on another post or two, related to the sexual abuse allegations against Stallone by various women, and I don’t know when or if I’ll get around to finishing those.
In the course of looking up more material for those posts, I ran across some other disturbing, gross information on the man.
For legal purposes: imagine everything below has the word “alleged” in front of it.
Personally, I have no reason to doubt this information, because I cannot see what any of these people have to gain by it discussing it, and I’m starting to see a pattern emerge with some of these things.
I do believe Stallone raped and verbally abused his half sister, and that he sexually exploited teen girls at the height of his fame.
All of that is degenerate enough, but this other information – about the hotel rooms, hiring prostitutes to defecate in front of him, and so forth – is also disgusting.
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He may be a senator now, but for a number of years, Franken was an actor on the TV show ‘Saturday Night Live.’
Women of SNL Issue Misguided, Harmful Statement in Support of Sen. Al Franken
by Mattie Hahn
Thirty-six women who previously worked with Al Franken during his run on Saturday Night Live have issued a statement of support for the Minnesota senator, following accusations by two women that he kissed or groped them without their consent.
The letter, which was released on Twitter and published in the Boston Globe, summons all the worst ever cliches used to absolve men of despicable behavior and sequences them to horrendous effect.
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TONE DEAF: Oscar Buzz For Movie About Romance Between 25-Year-Old Man And 17-Year-Old Boy by Paul Bois
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, as scores of Hollywood’s A-list talent and power brokers are being exposed for their alleged sexual misconduct, it seems oddly tone deaf for the industry to hail as an “Oscar contender” a movie about a 25-year-old man seducing a 17-old-boy.
Yet, the movie, “Call Me By Your Name,” stars Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”), as a lecherous 25-year-old preying on the 17-year-old Timothée Chalamet (“Interstellar”) during one hot Italian summer in 1983.
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The 1976 Rocky Movie in Light of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Sylvester Stallone
I believe that actor Sylvester Stallone is more like the Paulie character from the Rocky movies in real life than like the Rocky Balboa character he actually played in the Rocky movies, which I will explain as this post progresses.
I really wasn’t that familiar with the Rocky movies growing up, so I revisited them not that long ago.
I just saw the 1976 Rocky movie a few weeks ago on cable television, in addition to all the Rocky sequels, and, as I am older now, I was able to more fully appreciate what the original movie was about, the themes and the relationships.
I felt that the Rocky and Adrian characters were wonderful.
Rocky may not be very intelligent, but he seems fundamentally kind, decent, and honest, which won me over.
Rocky Balboa doesn’t seem to be the type of guy who’d sexually abuse his half-sister, sexually exploit a teen fan, tell a girlfriend who he believes to be pregnant with his baby that he’ll offer her a lot of money to abort the baby, habitually ignore his children, and doesn’t seem to be the sort of guy who’d cheat on his wife.
And yet, in real life, it looks like Stallone has done those very things (and see my previous post about the Stallone sexual abuse accusations for more links):
(I have a running list of sexual assault allegations against Sylvester Stallone in this post on this blog under the “New Allegations” section of the post)
I like the fact that the Rocky character is a person of conviction – he may have started out as a reluctant enforcer for the mafia, true – but he’s basically a humble, decent guy.
I’m not seeing much evidence of Stallone having similar, well-grounded morals in his private life. He is quite the opposite, unfortunately.
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