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“That Guy” — Showtime’s Documentary About Character Actors

posted by Nell Minow

I have a special affection for character actors.  They have to create a character and move the story forward without having the luxury of time and the audience’s primary attention, and they have to do it without overshadowing the star.  So I was delighted to see Showtime’s tribute to character actors, a documentary called, “That Guy….Who Was in That Thing.”  Candid interviews with actors who all look familiar but not instantly recognizable, who might be mistaken for someone you went to school with or once saw at a family reunion cover touchy subjects like auditions, being a guest star on a show where the stars do not think it is worthwhile even to introduce themselves, going for months without a job, family and financial stress, being stuck with a lot of technical talk or exposition, and the pure joy of having the opportunity to perform.  It’s On Demand through November 13 and well worth a look.

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