Playing dumb

Ted Danson. New series Bored to Death with Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore) on HBO. Ted’s aging well. Striking looks work particularly well for this character, who’s dumb as a bag of hammers. Very funny.

Which brings to mind fond memories of…

Bill Pullman in Ruthless People. Mentally three or four scenes behind at all times. “This could very well be the dumbest person on the face of the Earth. Perhaps we should shoot him.”

bradGeorge Clooney, O Brother.

Brad Pitt, Burn After Reading. It’s amazing what chewing gum does to your IQ.

What makes it fun is that the character has to think he’s pretty smart. It takes a genuinely smart actor to do it well.


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