19 April 2007

IMDB (best site ever) really helped me out on this one...

Alright, so I guess I’m officially out of the MTV generation (I will watch The Hills until they cancel it though). I came to this sad realization after I watched a movie two weeks ago: “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints” and was going on to Rachel about how good the kid who played the main character was…some kid named “Shia LeBeouf.” To which she exclaimed: “THE KID FROM HOLES?” And I said “What? What’s that?!”

She schooled me on this guy’s career and apparently he was some sort of Disney Channel Superstar/new MTV heartthrob. I found this odd since the movie I watched, “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints,” was definitely NOT Disney. The movie is based on the life of the director and is played, as an adult, by Robert Downey Jr. I fell in love with Robert Downey Jr. at the ripe age of 7 when I saw the movie “Chances Are.” Then again around 12 in one of my all-time favorite romantic comedies “Only You” (co-starring Marissa Tomei and Billy Zane as a complete jackass- in all seriousness, how could that movie NOT be good?). I know he was in Weird Science and Less Than Zero (co-starring the other dude I’m mildly obsessed with, James Spader), but I didn’t see those until I was older. My fave role he’s played, though, is probably that of Michael Douglass’s gay publisher in the movie “Wonder Boys” (great film if you haven’t seen it).

OK, I'm getting off track. Anyway, Robert Downey Jr. is a bad-ass, and this kid plays the teenage version of RDJr’s character in “A Guide…”

Ever since I saw Shia two weeks ago in that role, I’ve seen him everywhere: in trailers, in the news, on TV. He’s in “The #1 Movie in America that I Don’t Care to See”-- “Disturbia,” (also happens to be the ACTUAL #1 movie in America…and apparently was heavily promoted through tie-ins on MTV), stars in this summer’s sure-to-be-blockbuster “Transformers” (which I will see), just signed on to the Indiana Jones 4 movie (I loved those flicks when I was a kid, minus the snake scene and the ripping-out-the-heart/lava pit scenes), and hosted Saturday Night Live this week.

On a related note, did you guys know that Robert Downey Jr. used to be an SNL cast member? Yeah, from 1985-86 (I've said it before and I'll say it again: IMDB is a wonderful tool). Shia actually did a decent job hosting. It wasn’t the funniest episode I’ve seen, but he held his own in the sketches…and the digital short cracked me up even though it was probably the stupidest concept ever. It was basically a commentary on musically overdramatacized scenes featuring the song “Hide & Seek” by Imogen Heap. It was so preposterous that I couldn’t stop laughing.

Anyway, my points, in closing:
1.Shia LeBeouf is one to watch. I think he’s gonna be a big deal.
2.There are probably tens of millions of teeny boppers out there who said the same thing like 2 years ago, which makes me feel totally old and uncool (in my defense it probably would have been a lot more uncool of me to know ANYTHING about ANYTHING going on on the Disney Channel, RACHEL.)


Rachel said...

1. i never said he was an mtv heartthrob...pretty sure noone thinks he's cute.

2. my ROOMMATE was obsessed in a joking way with holes when it came out in like 2004, thats why I know all about him.

3. He's everywhere as you pointed out, so really how could I not know who he is?

Lameevan said...


Shamra said...

"How 'Sex in the City' are we right now? I'm Samantha, you're Charlotte, and you're the lady that watches from home!" -3rd Rock

C said...

Wait a minute. Why didn't you watch Less Than Zero until your were older? That's a child friendly movie, right? "You see, Leslie, sometimes when one beautiful man owes another, more beautiful man money for his out-of-control cocaine habit, he has to make love to a third man with his mouth. The third man will pay either part or all of the debt the first man owes the second in exchange for the sex act. See, the world is just a wonderful place..."

It is about a half hour until METAPHOR OFF! Whoop whoop!

Well played, Garkle.

LG said...

I have never, ever received a better comment than that in the history of my blog. C wins.