Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Pet Peeve . . .

One of my favorite shows is Everybody Loves Raymond. Terrific cast. Great writing.

But, Ray Romano, who happens to be a very funny stand up comic, plays a writer. Well, a sports writer. The problem is - his character is dumb. There is no way a professional writer could be that stupid, that simple-minded, that uncouth. Right?

That particular part of his character is, at least as far as I'm concerned, not believable. Of course, it didn't matter. The show was a huge success.

Maybe I'm being too defensive now that I consider myself a writer.

Am I the only one to notice this.


Mark said...

I would agree with you, but then I realized that I'm pretty much an idiot, too.

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

As they say, Mark. Admitting you have a problem is half the battle.

But then again, if you're an idiot, I may be worse than an idiot by comparison.

Excuse me while I re-examine my entire life. Is there a mountain-top monastery nearby filled with those guys who wear the orange togas?

Nicole said...

It would be a shame for you to have to shave off all that nice hair, Dayle.

Anyway, you shouldn't feel stupid, Dayle, you're not a sportswriter. Only sportswriters are dumb and uncouth--right, Mark?

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

It would be one thing if Ray Barone was writing for a small town paper and just doing high school stat reports.

But, on the show, he's a columnist for a major newspaper-New York Newsday.

I just can't imagine someone who has the writing skills to land that job can be that much of a neanderthal.

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

BTW, Nicole. Thanks for caring about my wonderful hair.

But I must confess. I'm actually almost bald. What you see in the picture is an extremely elaborate comb-over. I can't go into details, but it took me six years to design and I had to alter some of Newton's laws to pull it off.

There is one side-effect. If I travel faster than the speed of sound, my hair would open a transitional vortex revealing an alternate universe where fruit cake actually tastes good and Keanu Reeves is respected for his acting ability.

Nicole said...

You really do have to overcome this Keanu Reeves thing or maybe seek treatment, Dayle. :)

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

I'm trying, Nicole. I have sent him the address of a good acting school, but he apparently doesn't care.

The ball's in his court. I give, but all he does is take.

Confession time: My real beef is that he got to kiss Sandra Bullock in their movies. And, if anyone besides me gets to kiss Sandra Bullock they should at least have talent.

Disclaimer: I know she's married. These are just jokes. Keanu ain't so bad, he's just fun to pick on. Oh, and he can't act.

Nicole said...

Apparently, he can act well enough to kiss Sandra Bullock. Oh, wait. He probably wasn't acting then.

Honestly, I'm still waiting to see if Brad Pitt can act since I've yet to see it. And I'm almost positive the mother of his child(ren) can't. I know, pretty snarky. But is it true or not?

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

Come on, Nicole. Angelina Jolie gave an oscar worthy performance in Tomb Raider 2.

You didn't like Brad in Fight Club or 12 Monkees? Personally, I don't remember his performances, so I don't have an opinion. Further investigation will be required.

I guess pretty people don't have to have talent. Wait, that's not true - Sandra Bullock is a great actress.

Mark Harbeson said...

Ironically, I put up a post about sports today. I'm really fulfilling this dumb sportswriter thing.

As far as acting goes, a good director can cover up a lack of acting skills. Even Reeves couldn't screw up The Matrix (the first one, anyway). They even found the Terminator role for Schwarzenegger.

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

Actually, Mark, he did a decent job in Matrix 1 and Bill & Ted's excellent adventure.

But, I don't see the appeal. How does he continue to get major leading roles?

But why should a director have to cover up bad acting. Why not hire better actors?

Mark Harbeson said...

Because sex sells, and so they get the prettiest people in the leads, regardless of talent. Apparently there are enough women who swoon over Keanu to make it worthwhile.

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

There's got to be a good looking guy who can act.

But women actually swoon over Keanu. That's depressing.

Janet Rubin said...

Not me. I recently saw the movie Much Ado About Nothing. Everyone it is was terrific, but he was awful. Just didn't do it for me. No swooning. Let's see... someone I swooned over who couldn't act: the guy on X-files. What was his name?

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

Fox Mulder? Are you kidding, Janet. Brilliant actor.

Okay, not really. But, he was perfect for that role. In fact, I'm not sure that show lasts a month with someone else playing his part.

btw, It's David Duchovny.

I was a huge X-Files fan.

Janet Rubin said...

Yeah, he was perfect for the part (sigh and eyelash flutter.) I wonder if the files are on DVD? I discovered the show after it had been on for a while. There are probably ones I haven't seen. My teenager would love it.

Dayle James Arceneaux said...

Yes, they are on DVD. Scully wasn't bad looking either, by the way. I didn't swoon over her though. (can guys swoon over a woman) She's no Sandra Bullock.

I think it's a good idea to watch them in order.

The re-runs come on after midnight around here, so I don't get to watch them too often.