I read an online report about a leaked Sony pictures email that said Idris Elba should be the next James Bond. For those of you not familiar with his work or with the man, he’s British, he’s black and he’s an outstanding actor. I think he would make an excellent James Bond. I asked the friend who told me about the British TV series “Luther” which starred Elba, and is available for streaming on Netflix, what he thought about the possibility of this happening, but he concentrated on the comments made by that bastion of bigotry and racism with a radio show Rush Limbaugh who said, “James Bond is a total concept put together by Ian Fleming. He was white and Scottish. Period. That is who James Bond is, was. But now they are suggesting that the next James Bond should be Idris Elba, a black Briton, rather than a white from Scotland. But that’s not who James Bond is, and I know it’s racist to probably point that out.”
So when my friend said it was sad that Rush had to feel that way I redirected my question asking him what he thought about Idris Elba becoming the next James Bond and was he as excited about it as me, he told me that at the age of 50 Idris was too old for the part. My friend might be right because if you strictly adhere to the tenets of the double 0 section, retirement comes at age 45. Still, it’s a movie, people, strict adherence to the rules be damned. As Captain Jean-Luc Picard would say, “Make it so.”
But my friend’s statement about the actors age and being too old for the part got me to thinking. That’s usually what they say about actresses. That the older the actress, the fewer the parts. Can’t all be “Hot in Cleveland” I suppose.
Then again there are times when an actress plays someone older and it just doesn’t fly. Case in point, the movie “Tammy.”
Tammy is played by Melissa McCarthy whom I first saw in the movie “Bridesmaids” and thought she was comedy gold. She co-stars with Billy Gardell in the CBS TV show “Mike and Molly.”
Tammy is having a miserable day. She hits a deer with her car on the way to work as she’s looking for something in the back seat. She hits her head on the steering wheel and ends up all bloody as she exits the car to check on the deer. She gets down on the pavement and attempts to resuscitate the animal and as the deer revives, she gets hit with the front hoofs. The deer then scampers away. She returns to her car and continues on her way to work. She gets to work in her beat up car and of course she’s late and a mess and gets called into the fast food restaurant manager’s office where she is fired. She takes revenge on her boss and the restaurant by touching or contaminating the food in other ways and tells the customers exactly what it is they are eating as she leaves the place for the last time. She gets back in her car for the drive home but when the car will go no farther, she collects her things and starts walking the rest of the way. As she heads off, black smoke comes out from the engine compartment and the car is on fire.
She gets home, opens the door, puts down her stuff telling her husband about what happened, she looks up and sees her husband and the female neighbor at the dining room table enjoying a romantic dinner for two. She explodes, collects things from the bedroom and leaves. She walks past the neighbor’s house and arrives at her mother’s. She tells her mother she needs her car because she’s leaving town but Mom won’t give her the keys, so Tammy says she’ll take Grandma’s car. Grandma has obviously been waiting for this day to come as she’s all packed and ready to go. Tammy explains she only wants the car but when Grandma holds up a wad of cash, they both head out for the open road.
This movie has so many things wrong with it I’m not quite sure where to begin.
1. Melissa McCarthy is 44 years old. That’s not old, but the actress playing her mother is Allison Janney (The West Wing, Mom) who is 55. Much too young to be believable as Tammy’s Mom.
2. Susan Sarandon plays Tammy’s Grandma who lives with Tammy’s Mom because she’s an alcoholic diabetic with heart issues. (Grandma, not Mom) When she goes with Tammy, she leaves all her medications at home, starts drinking to excess, has sex with a stranger yet the only health issue she suffers from is swollen reddish feet. Oh yeah, and Susan Sarandon is 68 years old. The no bra-saggy boobs and the grey curly wig aren’t enough to make you believe she’s old enough to be Tammy’s Grandma.
3. Kathy Bates is just about the only one who can pull off a believable performance as Grandmas lesbian cousin. The two are close in age with Kathy being 66.
In my opinion, when Susan Sarandon guest starred on Mike and Molly as the lesbian writer who became Molly’s mentor the two women had so much fun it was decided they work on a movie together. Too bad it was so bad.
I can’t believe the NFL regular season is over already. Seems like it just began. My guys, the New England Patriots, have won the AFC East clinching the division, have home field advantage throughout the playoffs and a first-round bye. To all those folks who tell me the Pats play in a weak division so of course they clinch it, I say they still have to play the game, bucko and anything can happen on any given Sunday. Take yesterday….really, just take it…I can’t believe I didn’t see the loss to the Bills coming what with the number of starters that didn’t play. Still, got to congratulate the Bills on ending a 13-year losing streak playing at Gillette.
So, how did your teams season go?
One last thing…..Thursday is New Year’s Day which means Wednesday night is New Year’s Eve. Play it smart. If you drink, don’t drive. If you and your loved one have a date-night party at the club or hotel ballroom, rent a room and sleep it off. Or better yet, celebrate with family, soft drinks and firework displays. I never could understand why anyone would want to start the new year off with the worst headache, fuzzy mouth and evidence of bad decisions.
Thanks for reading Musings From the Bench 12/29 Edition. Until next time.
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