The Underdog Triumphs

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Dear Hollywood

Dear Hollywood,

My 12 year-old nephew just discovered the comic genius that was John Belushi. Excitedly he asked me if I had ever seen The Blues Brothers or Animal House, two comedy classics, that of course I had seen numerous times growing up. Then he asked me what else Mr. Belushi has been in and where is he nowadays? I had to break the news that he was dead, and my nephew was a little crushed questioning me "He's dead? I love that guy! He can't be dead!" And that's when I said, "But you know who's not dead? Steve Guttenberg!" Nephew said, "Who's that?" I said, "Who's that!? Haven't you ever seen any of the Police Academy movies? Short Circuit? Three Men and a Baby?

He had no idea who I was talking about--and then I was a little crushed. I grew up on Steve Guttenberg movies--the above mentioned plus Amazon Women on the Moon, the geriatrics comedy Cocoon, and let's not forget he is the king of "part two's," Short Circuit 2, Three Men and a Little Lady, Police Academy 1-4, Cocoon 2...

There is something about The Gutt (pronounced the g-OO-t; long O like MOO) that was, and I think still is, selling. He's goofy, sweet-faced and is cute in that next door neighbor or older camp counselor type of way.

All this adds up to one thing: bring back The Gutt! Hollywood, I beg you, he's hurting for that return role that will have people--and Comedy Central--re-running all 4 Police Academy films all the time. He needs that Bill Murray Rushmore career resurrecting type of role. He's not too old,(not that that matters for men in your Hollywood world). I mean isn't it time the "Little Lady" got married? I can picture the comedy that would ensue as Ted Danson, Tom Selleck, and The Gutt fight over who gets to walk her down the isle. It's time for a Three Men reunion. I don't think Ted and Tom are that busy these days. Call 'em.

Hollywood, you've rid this world of lots of great talent, where is Ralph Macchio? Where is the kid that was in The Neverending Story or the kid who played Sylvester Stallone's son in the classic arm-wrestling flick Over the Top ? There are a lot of important people from my childhood that are now M.I.A., and I want them back!

Now all you give me is Vin Diesel, Johnny Knoxville, and Paris Hilton? I mean she wants to retire and she hasn't even done anything! And please, Vin Diesel has already resorted to the "changing diapers as an undercover cop" role--what's he going to do next, run for Governor of California?

Now according to IMDB The Gutt has done stuff the last few years, http://imdb.com/name/nm0000430/, but where is he really? I beg you to give us another chance with The Gutt, did you not see Diner? The guy has got genuine talent!

It may not have been fair to compare him to the comic genius of John Belushi--but I think it's a sad, sad day when I say his name to a 12 year-old, mention his classic 80's movies, and he looks at me as if I was making up this once beloved actor.

Once again Hollywood, I beg of you, BRING BACK THE GUTT!

All my love,

The Underdog

2 Comments:

Blogger Cheryl said...

Haha! The Gutt. So seriously, what has he been in lately?

Did you think of what my quote was to blog?

4:37 PM  
Blogger Kitty Moon said...

And bring back Jake Ryan too!

4:54 PM  

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