I had to explain to someone the other day that, from a comic book perspective, this person
|Even through this 40-year-old screen cap, you can sense how terrible he is.|
is the same as this person.
|Even through this five-year-old screen cap, you can sense how confused he is.|
If you don't understand, you will soon. If you do, sit back and enjoy the ride anyway.
The bottle ginger is, of course, Keneti James Fitzgerald Apa, a.k.a. KJ Apa (see below auditioning for the role of "Flower" in DC's Sgt. Rock's Easy Company).
|Don't get confused; the "a.k.a" is not part of his name. If it were, it wouldn't have periods. For some reason.|
Like Dwayne Johnson, Apa is half-Samoan. Unlike Johnson, his name reflects this much more strongly than his appearance, but the fact that his hair's been dyed cartoon-red for most of the last five years hasn't helped.
|A Samoan village Savae (chief), in fact, with all its epic highs and lows.|
It's been dyed cartoon-red, of course, because he's been playing literature's greatest monster, Archie Andrews.
ALL HAIL THE DESTROYER OF WORLDS.
KJ Apa is, by all accounts, a nice (if a bit odd) young person who tries hard to maintain his dignity while starring in, how do we put this, not the most respected show on television.
|Oh, sure, it's easy to make fun of it when Archie gets attacked by a bear, but when twee pretentious Leonardo DiCaprio does it, HE gets an Oscar.|
You go, KJ; all the best to you.
This, on the other hand, is Mickey Rooney.
|Even for Mickey, he was unusually upset on this occasion.|
Talk about epic highs and lows. Mickey Rooney had a very long career as a character actor (at 5'2", he wasn't going to be a leading man in oldtime Hollywood), living to be 93 (despite a truly tumultuous personal life).
|The earlier pic is from his 1981 sitcom when he was only, um, 87? 72? 63? 52? 44? |
Who can tell, he always looked like that.
|It co-starred Dana Carvey, as his grandson, when Dana Carvey was still hot.|
|And Nathan Lane, as Carvey's roommate, when Nathan Lane still looked ....|
exactly like Nathan Lane always looks.
|"Least Cautious", certainly.|
|If nothing else, he made possible the line: |
"What could go wrong with an Old Fashioned?"
|Why not just hire an actor who naturally hallucinates dragons already?|
|As personified by young(ish) Mickey Rooney|
|Archie Andrews (first appearance). Or 'Chick", as his friends never ever call him, not even once, in 80 years.|