I’m pretty sure we all do it. There’s an actor or actress that we like and recently watched in something and so decide to have a look through their back catalogue of work to see what else they’ve done and if they have always made flawless choices in roles.
As you go on this trip through an actor’s filmography you find many great and terrible things. In the words of Sebastian from The Little Mermaid, I hope they appreciate what we go through for them.
I was doing this myself the other day. The actor in question was Wesley Snipes. I’d just watched Chaos (which I liked a lot more than I thought I would) and was wishing I had my Blade DVD’s with me at University to have a rewatch. So I’m just googling him and seeing what he’s done and find a film with a rather long title – To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar. It’s about three drag queens played by Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze and John Leguizamo, who are on a road trip across America until their car breaks down leaving them stranded in a small town.
This sounded amazing, especially after watching the trailer (love what the voiceover guy says about Snipes and Swayze), and I knew I must watch this film at once. I bought the DVD, watched it, fell in love and am now lending the DVD to my best mate because I want to spread the love of this wonderfully ridiculous film.
The thing about To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar is that it has such great messages as well as being really funny – women standing up for themselves, having confidence in yourself, not putting up with any type of ignorance or prejudice. It really is a wonderful film. I’ve mentioned before the films I grew up watching that weren’t exactly for my age but I loved them unconditionally – for example, should I really have been watching Pretty Woman, a film about prostitution from about age three? That being said, Pretty Woman also has some good messages. I think To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar is another film that you could show to children from a young age – yes, there’s men in dresses but children except things very easily so just saying “they’re men who like dressing up as women” and the kid will be OK, let’s watch the funny film now. And showing those great messages and morals to a child at a young age certainly wouldn’t do them any harm.
I think my first foray into Wesley Snipes filmography was a success. Next I’d like to watch White Men Can’t Jump and New Jack City, and maybe find something that rate more on the “terrible” end of the scale just for the fun of it.
Have you ever had an adventure through an actors filmography and found something noteworthy?