We always refer to Donna and Millar as “Threes Champs,” but now that I’ve updated the Threes Winner Archives from the fall, winter, and spring (yeah, so I get a little behind in the bookkeeping…), I see that Nichol has taken down her fair share of Threes wins and places since September. Today she gets homemade construction-paper medal number seven (or so…I said I did the bookkeeping, not that I did it well or accurately…), followed by Billy in second and Jennifer M in third. Well done, all!
So what actor was in Footloose, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, and Mars Attacks? You’ll have to work a little for the answer–go to all the trouble of sliding your cursor over all this Inviso-Text below:
Why yes it was Sarah Jessica Parker, appearing this weekend in the gritty urban drama about the physical and emotional devastation wrought by prostitution. No? That’s not what Sex in the City 2 is about? Well, you have your interpretation, I have mine… Parker is also in Did You Hear About the Morgans, available for rental in the redboxes.
I know the kids out there in redblogland love to hear about the ’80s from us old folks, so let me point out that I first became aware of SJP in 1982 when she was the co-lead in a wonderful little New Wave sit-com called Square Pegs, about awkward teens trapped in high-school clique hell. Parker echoed that high-school geek performance a few years later, playing Rusty in Footloose. (It’s been a while, but I think Rusty was Chris Penn’s character’s girlfriend, right?)
Parker continued in teen roles through the ’80s, including Flight of the Navigator and the 1985 Footloose “I just want to dance!” knockoff, Girls Just Want to Have Fun–perhaps the greatest film ever based on a Cindy Lauper song. (At least until someone makes She-Bop: The Movie.) (And no, the 1979 Nick Meyer film Time After Time about H.G. Wells and Jack the Ripper doesn’t count.) Girls Just Want to Have Fun also featured a young Helen Hunt and a pre-90210 Shannen Doherty.
It wasn’t until 1991′s L.A. Story that Parker started to play adult roles, continuing on in the ’90s with Honeymoon in Vegas, Ed Wood, Miami Rhapsody, and Mars Attacks!, where she famously had her head removed and grafted onto the body of her chihuahua. (No, not onto a horse’s body. Now stop that! It’s Sarah’s special day, so I promised myself no horse-faced jokes. For the record, “clothes horse” is okay; “horse-faced” is not nice.)
I almost included Parker’s 2002 rom-com Life Without Dick in the clues simply because it was written and directed by a good film-school friend of mine, Bix Skahill–but I figured that’d reek of unethical cronyism. I will pass on a story from Bix: When he was meeting with Parker in 1999 to convince her to take the role, SATC was about to start its second season. Walking down a New York City street with SJP that spring, Bix looked up at the ubiquitous giant billboards with the actresses’ face promoting the new season and quipped, “I really think you need to take the lead role in my little film–you obviously need the exposure.”