Netflix52: That Guy… Who Was in That Thing

That Guy… Who Was in That Thing TGuy

Genre : Documentary
Tagline : Some make it to Broadway. Some make it to Hollywood. Few make it a job.
Starring : Xander Berkeley, Bruce Davison, Craig Fairbrass and 13 others
Running Time : 78 minutes
Director : Ian Roumain, Michael Schwartz
Producer : Brian Volk-WeissMichael SchwartzIan RoumainJay Chapman

Documentary about sixteen actors who detail their ups and downs as they struggle to forge careers in Hollywood. They’ve played cops, lawyers, bosses, best friends, psychopaths, politicians and everything in between. Now you’ll know who they are.

I consider myself a big movie buff, but I didn’t know the names of any of these guys.  I recognized every face but knew none of their names. :/  I tend to love character actors but I guess I need to brush up on my knowledge of them.  I enjoyed getting to see people I have seen a thousand times on TV and in films talk about their lives outside of work.  I think it was Stanley Kamel who says that in any other profession he would be considered very successful but as an actor being great at your craft and essential to story isn’t enough.  Listening to these men reminds me that the glamorous life of Hollywood isn’t so glamorous.  There are tons of actors out there that we see every day, assuming they must be doing well for themselves because of how many things they have been in, who are struggling to feed their families.  It makes Hollywood look a little less glamorous.

I loved this documentary.  It is not flashy, just straightforward interviews with no real action.  A bunch of guys sitting in chairs talking about their lives and how they go about doing their jobs.  It does however do a good job of showing the nature of Hollywood and acting, the humanity of the people behind the characters we all know, and the struggles to find success in their profession.  This documentary is for anyone who likes film and TV, who wants to be an actor, or who wants to sit and watch a few funny guys talk about life for 78 minutes.

Distributed : Showtime
Released : 2012
Tomatometer : No scores yet

Favorite Scene : I love when Rick Worthy opens up about his struggles with depression.  It is great to see actors with real personal emotion.  Bravo Rick!
Favorite Quote : “I gotta tell you, I still don’t think I can make a living doing it.” 

Fun Facts :

  1. Xander Berkeley was nominated for an Emmy – Best Ensemble Cast in a Drama for “24”
  2. Bruce Davison was nominated for an Oscar – Best Supporting Actor for Longtime Companion, was nominated for a Daytime Emmy – Outstanding Directing in a Children’s Special for Off Season, won a Golden Globe – Special Prize for Short Cuts and Golden Globe – Best Supporting Actor in a Movie for Longtime Companion, won an Independent Spirit Award – Supporting Male for Longtime Companion, and a few others.  In 2012 he won the Outstanding Service in the Entertainment Industry at the Satellite Awards.
  3. Paul Guilfoyle won a SAG Award – Best Ensemble in a Drama for “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” in 2005 after being nominated the three previous years.
  4. Robert Joy has been nominated for 7 different awards for his rolls in these movies : Land of the DeadThe Hills Have EyesBonhoeffer: Agent of Grace“American Playhouse”Whole New Thing, and Atlantic City.  He was also nominated for Original Song Award for The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood.
  5. William Morgan Sheppard won a Lifetime Achievement Award for the Action on Film International Film Festival in 2009.
  6. Zeljko Ivanek has won awards for Seven PsychopathsArgo, and  “Damages”.
  7. Gregory Itzin was nominated for 2 Emmy’s and 1 SAG Award for “24”
  8. Many of these actors have preformed in numerous TV series and movies together.   Star Trek: Enterprise is the most common show for them to have acted in.
  9. Another list of 20 Best “That Guys” of All Time.
  10. The documentary Starz Inside : The Face is Familiar released in 2009 is the same type of film but includes men and women.

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