This Must Be The Place.
For fans of The Talking Heads and American Psycho. NSFW.
Chasing women will take years off of your life.
But hey, things always even out somehow. You'll just return the favor to your poor, innocent mother.
On May 26, 1907, a 13 pound baby boy named Marion Morrison was born in Winterset, Iowa
. Nicknamed "Little Duke" after his childhood dog
, he grew up to become the most famous icon
of American patriotism
in the world
. When he was a football player at USC, Western filmstar Tom Mix
got him a summer job at Fox in exchange for game tickets. After two years working as a prop man for $75 a week, his first acting role was in The Big Trail
in 1930. "Marion Morrison" didn't sound like the right name for a trail scout though, so the studio took the last name from a Revolutionary War general
and replaced "Anthony" with "John." Voila!
A working actor from 1930 through the 1970s, this year John Wayne placed third
among America's favorite film stars, the only deceased star on the list and the only one who has appeared every year. He was an opinionated
patriot who, surprisingly, called himself a liberal
... bigger than life, the consummate cowboy star
, and the ultimate symbol of heroic action
and the Code of the West
. In the end, acting actually took his life indirectly thanks to radiation poisoning
during a movie
shoot in Utah (of the 220 persons on set, 91 had contracted cancer by the early 1980s), and almost three decades after his death, his family
continues to carry on his legacy
. He has an an airport
, an elementary school
, and various Cancer Foundations
named after him, and while he wasn't much of a singer
, he remains the ultimate symbol of American manliness
to this day. Apparently there are hundreds of reasons
to love the guy.
And for the record... no, he wasn't gay
Some movie villains aren't necessarily bad
, they're just accented that way
. But what criteria
do we use to determine a truly, uniquely bad film accent
? Obviously, it helps if an actor
annoys you to begin with, but some bad accents are simply indisputably painful
to watch. Kind of like a mashup of everything in The Speech Accent Archive
with a little bit of Received Pronounciation
thrown in here and there. Yes it's true, even the average American enjoys trying to rock
a ridiculously fake British tone
once in a while (there are dialects
?). But believe it or not, there are average people in this world actually trying
to learn how to sound American
too! OK well, on second thought, it's more likely that they're just trying to sound less "foreign"
while they're here so we don't mock them.
Now here's the obligatory Fun Quiz portion of the post: what American accent do YOU have