Sunday, 16 March 2008

Christopher Guest Knows A Lot Of Actors Who Like To Sell Out

He sure does, and what better way to indicate this that to have a look at ten of his most famous co-stars and judge them from their career CVs? Here at IEF we take indie credentials very seriously (and as such are still uncertain if we should like Of Montreal or not), so each actor will get ten points for each film they made with Guest, but will then lose points for each act of grabbing the paycheque without looking at the script. Each animated film they take on will lose them five points, and any involvement in Epic Movie or Dawson’s Creek is also going to cost you several big ones. But it’s not all critical – if they appeared in something like Six Feet Under or the West Wing, they’ll get credit from us. Naturally, the big points will go to anyone who appeared in Mr Show (although none of them have, far as we know) or Arrested Development, because they are the most fantastic shows of all time - and we get that info from none other than the AV Club, so don’t you even dare try to argue with us! Here’s our list, going from most-credible to least-credible.

1. Ed Begley Jr
(Spinal Tap, Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration) (+40)
Date Movie/Epic Movie? Neither.
Animated Movies? Hair High (-5), Fly Me To The Moon (-5)
Arrested Development? Yes! Five Episodes. (+50)
Notes: Appearances in The West Wind (+15), 7th Heaven (-10), Six Feet Under (+20), Boston Legal (+15), Veronica Mars (+15)

Points: 125.

2. Parker Posey
(Waiting For Guffman, Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration) (+40)
Date Movie/Epic Movie? None!
Animated Movies? None!
Arrested Development? Nope.
Notes: Is Parker Posey (+50), appearances in Will & Grace (-10), Boston Legal (+15).

Points: 95.

3. John Michael Higgins
(Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration) (+30)
Date Movie/Epic Movie? None!
Animated Movies? No.
Arrested Development? Yes! Five episodes. (+50)
Notes: Appearances in Boston Legal (+15), Halo 2 (+10), Joey (-10), Fred Claus (-10).

Points: 85.

4. Catherine O’Hara
(Waiting For Guffman, Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration) (+40)
Date Movie/Epic Movie? Neither.
Animated Movies? Chicken Little (-5), Over The Hedge (-5), Monster House (-5), Brother Bear 2 (-5), Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses (-5).
Arrested Development? Nope.
Notes: Appearances in Six Feet Under (+20)

Points: 35.

5. Harry Shearer
(Spinal Tap, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration) (+30)
Date Movie/Epic Movie? Neither.
Animated Movies? N/A (see notes)
Arrested Development? Nope.
Notes: Appearances in Dawson’s Creek (-30), is in The Simpsons (+30, exemption from Animated movie point loss)

Points: 30.

6. Michael McKean
(Spinal Tap, Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration) (+40)
Date Movie/Epic Movie? Neither.
Animated Movies? Dr Doolittle 2 (-5), Recess Christmas (-5), The Hunchback Of Notre Dame II (-5), Arnie The Doughnut (-5), Open Wide: Tooth School Inside (-5), Surf’s Up (-5)
Arrested Development? Nope.
Notes: Endless Cartoon Voiceovers (-20), appearances in Curb Your Enthusiasm (+20), Boston Legal (+15).

Points: 25.

7. Jane Lynch
(Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration) (+30)
Date Movie/Epic Movie? None!
Animated Movies? No.
Arrested Development? Yes! Two episodes. (+20)
Notes: Appearances in Dawson’s Creek (-30), The West Wing (+15), 7th Heaven (-10), Veronica Mars (-15), Boston Legal (+15), Alvin and the Chipmunks (-20)

Points: 5.

8. Jennifer Coolidge
(Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration) (+30)
Date Movie/Epic Movie? Date Movie (-40), Epic Movie (-40)
Animated Movies? Robots (-5).
Arrested Development? Nope.
Notes: Is Stifler’s Mom (+10), appearances in American Wedding (-15), Joey (-10).

Points: -70.

9. Fred Willard
(Spinal Tap, Waiting For Guffman, A Mighty Wind, Best In Show, For Your Consideration) (+50)
Date Movie/Epic Movie? Date Movie (-40), Epic Movie (-40)
Animated Movies? Sesame Street: Happy Healthy Monsters (-5), The Nutcracker and The Mouseking (-5), Chicken Little (-5), Monster House (-5), Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn’t Happen (-5)
Arrested Development? Nope.
Notes: Endless Cartoon Voiceovers (-20), appearances in Girlfriends (-15), How High (-10), American Wedding (-15), Anchorman (+20).

Points: -195.

10. Eugene Levy
(Waiting For Guffman, A Mighty Wind, Best In Show, For Your Consideration) (+40)
Date Movie/Epic Movie? Neither.
Animated Movies? Curious George (-5), Over The Hedge (-5)
Arrested Development? Nope!
Notes: Appearances in American Wedding (-15), 3 American Pie Presents… films (-60), Like Mike (-15), Dumb and Dumberer (-20), New York Minute (-20).

Points: -200.

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