Ah, yesterday’s Threes might have been teed up a bit too high–whole bunches of you clobbered it. But the fastest clobbering was done by Threes Champion Donna, first with the correct answer and scooping up yet another homemade construction-paper medal to add to what is now, I would guess, a fairly unmanageable pile! Congrats, Donna, and somewhat lesser congrats to Doris Sabol and Janelle Loucks, who came in second and third.
So what actor was in Indecent Proposal, The Last Samurai, and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events? Ah, take a little spin on the ol’ Inviso-Text!
It sure was Scottish comedian and actor Billy Connolly, reprising his role as Il Duce this weekend in The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day. (Which opens in limited release today and may expand to more theaters in the future. More on the whole Boondock Saints thing at the end of this entry).
I’ve been a fan of Connolly’s for a while, first seeing him in stand-up shows here in the U.S. in the late ’80s, early ’90s (naturally, he was a bigger deal in Scotland and England before that). He even briefly replaced Howard Hesseman as the teacher on Head of the Class in 1990. (To give you and idea of the gap between Connolly’s British fame and American break-out, in 1992, as we here in the States were just starting to notice him, he was celebrating his 25th anniversary show back home. Before he became a comedian, Connolly was a folk singer, paired for a while with Gerry Rafferty.)
Soon after that, Connolly started to get small parts in U.S. films, including playing the host of an auction in 1993′s Indecent Proposal (the one where Woody Harrelson sold his wife Demi Moore to Robert Redford for a weekend). He also appeared (with Dame Judy Dench and young-ish fellow Scotsman Gerald Butler) in Mrs. Brown, about Queen Victoria, as well as in the aforementioned cult hit The Boondock Saints, but one of my favorite Connolly roles is as the aging roadie in Still Crazy.
Still Crazy also featured Timothy Spall (best known these days for playing Wormtail in the Harry Potter films)–it’s one of three films Spall and Connolly have acted in together, the other two being The Last Samurai, and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. (Connolly played Uncle Monty in the latter.) I swear I did not include a couple Connolly-Spall projects to throw you guys off, though I was secretly pleased it did. (Luckily I’ve used Still Crazy in other Threes in the past, or I might have gone with it as well this time and inadvertently put up the first dual-answer Threes.)
So before we go, let me ask a sincere question about this whole Boondocks Saints thing. With the sequel opening this weekend, it’s brought back up that massive divide between people (those evil “critics”) who find Troy Duffy’s little vengeance-vigilante action film pretty bad, and those very vehement fans who not only love it, but can be very, very, um… emotional about how much they love it. (Someone on Twitter suggested a face-off between Boondock fans–mostly males in their 20s and 30s–and Twilight fans, and frankly I’d pay for PPV to see something like a Boonies-Twihards battle royale cage match go down.)
But I’m asking honestly, if there are some huge Boondock Saints fans out there who’ve read this far, drop me a line in the comments section here, maybe toss in why you like the film(s) so much, and I might be in touch about a piece I want to do trying to understand the Saints cult phenomenon with quotes from a smattering sample of it’s very dedicated fans. (No promises though–as regular readers know, most of my big planned redblog pieces never actually make it to the page.)