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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Kurt @*#&$@ Russell...is BACK

Kurt @*#&$@ Russell...is BACK
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It's no secret that I love Kurt Russell. He's a man who has earned it, time and time again.

I became a fan at a young age when he starred in Disney's Dexter Reilly series (The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, Now You See Him, Now You Don't, etc.) and the Barefoot Executive.

He broke the Disney run with the role of Charles Joseph Whitman, the college-campus sniper in The Deadly Tower. After that, roles in Elvis & Used Cars separated him further from his Mousey beginnings.

But what made Kurt Russell my hero was his infamous role of Snake Plissken in John Carpenter's Escape From N.Y., a true sci-fi/apocalyptic dream. Shortly after that, Kurt starred in The Thing (named 'Mac', no less) and after that his career took off. Amidst comedies and dramas he continued to rule the screen in every genre pick he starred in.

Big Trouble In Little China, Tombstone, Stargate, Executive Decision and even the not-so loved Escape From L.A., Soldier and Tango & Cash (classic action schlock at it's finest. I mean, grenade-down-the-pants awesome)

After those, he had a 3-year hiatus and returned with a small role in Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky (which I dug), and the crapfest 3000 Miles To Graceland (while the whole film was a wreck, I choose to blame Costner and Slater for that)

He had an amazing turn as a violent cop in Dark Blue, (a surprise from director Ron Shelton, who tends to specialize in , well, crapfests like Play It To The Bone and Hollywood Homicide) and then returned to Disney for 2 back-to-back winners, Miracle an Sky High, a stupid horse movie no one saw and the unnecessary, but fun to watch Poseidon remake.

But the whole point of this story is that the Kurt Russell I know and love is Snake Plissken. It's Mac MacReady. It's ol' Jack Burton. It's Wyatt Earp. It's Jack O'Neill.

And now? It's Stuntman Mike.

Who's that, you say?

It's Mike. Who's a stuntman. And a serial killer. Or slasher, if you will.

In what, you ask?

Oh, hunting down Rosario Dawson in a little film piece called DEATH PROOF, directed by QUENTIN @*&$#*&# TARANTINO. This DEATH PROOF is part of a movie called GRIND HOUSE, a 2-part movie, where the first part is called PLANET TERROR, a post-apocalyptic zombie flick starring Michael Biehn and Jeff Fahey and directed by Robert Rodriguez. Can you feel the glory?

The King has returned.

(even though he's not playing Elvis in this one. the last time he played Elvis was as the voice of Elvis in Forrest Gump. but he did play an Elvis look-a-like in the aforementioned crapfest 3000 Miles to Graceland)


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