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April 29, 2015 5:10 AM   Subscribe

 
But if you give him a shovel, he's nigh unstoppable.
posted by Brackish at 5:25 AM on April 29, 2015 [16 favorites]


He does shovel well. Very well.
posted by tocts at 5:26 AM on April 29, 2015 [14 favorites]


Boardwalk Empire cheated Steve Buscemi out of this prestigious honor... Wait doesn't this make him a bigger loser now? Paradox!
posted by Nanukthedog at 5:37 AM on April 29, 2015


I love Macy. I think he's an amazing actor. But I would like to see him do something a littl more, well, less lose-y.
posted by SLC Mom at 6:25 AM on April 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


Well, he would be an ideal choice to play Gil if they ever do a live-action Simpsons (and we all hope they do not).
posted by The Card Cheat at 6:29 AM on April 29, 2015 [3 favorites]


I thought Gil was supposed to be based on Jack Lemmon in Glengarry Glen Ross. Now, if they had a Simpsons character based on Jerry Lundegard...
posted by Strange Interlude at 6:31 AM on April 29, 2015 [2 favorites]


I prefer my William H. Macy with a mustache. Clean-shaven Macy is too sad.
posted by GrapeApiary at 7:53 AM on April 29, 2015 [3 favorites]


His Frank Gallagher out-losers all those guys.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 7:55 AM on April 29, 2015 [2 favorites]


Aw...
posted by Auden at 7:59 AM on April 29, 2015


> I thought Gil was supposed to be based on Jack Lemmon in Glengarry Glen Ross.

He certainly was, but Jack Lemmon is dead and hence unavailable.
posted by The Card Cheat at 8:14 AM on April 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


If we can have creepy CGI Paul Walker in a Fast and Furious sequel, we can certainly have creepy CGI Jack Lemmon in a live-action Simpsons movie. /derail
posted by Strange Interlude at 8:18 AM on April 29, 2015


He's got a face for being a loser - he looks continually hangdog and beaten. He looks like he expects to be on the short end of whatever stick is on offer; like he's out on a blind date with destiny and she's ordered the lobster. That's why he tends to get these roles. I love this brief interview with him about his perspective on his career and life: "I try to be the hero of whatever project I'm involved in."

I'm really hoping to see him in some whodunnit thriller someday where, at the end, loveable loser William H. Macy is revealed to be the evil mastermind behind it all. William H. Macy as Kaiser Soze; I think it would be absolutely fantastic.
posted by nubs at 8:51 AM on April 29, 2015 [5 favorites]


He's perfect for certain roles -- especially losers who are broken men and often not very nice about it.

But seeing Michael Jeter on the blue a few days ago reminded me that there are other losers. The sweet ones with kind smiles and crinkly eyes who experience misery to remind us how fucking unfair life is.

I'm probably closer to the Macy-style loser -- I'm not very nice. I aspire to be Jeter, though.
posted by maxsparber at 9:05 AM on April 29, 2015 [2 favorites]


"A schlemiel is somebody who often spills his soup; a schlimazel is the person the soup lands on."

Macy's Jerry Lundegaard is the perfect embodiment of both schlemiel and schlimazel, and that is what makes him one of the greatest losers in the history of cinema.
posted by Atom Eyes at 9:08 AM on April 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


We here at mulehausen are great fans of Macy.
posted by mule98J at 10:27 AM on April 29, 2015


That was so depressing. I had to go watch some Shoveler in Mystery Men to feel better.
posted by cuscutis at 10:59 AM on April 29, 2015


The closest William Macy gets to an inspiring St. Crispin's Day speech.
Rallying the Team
posted by cuscutis at 11:03 AM on April 29, 2015


He's not a loser when he's narrating my kid's Curious George cartoons. He was replaced by a different guy after season one though. Loser.
posted by w0mbat at 11:25 AM on April 29, 2015


He does it so well, that I couldn't watch it all the way through. As opposed to "Nick Cage Loses His Shit" where it adds up to just plain weird.
posted by CBrachyrhynchos at 12:29 PM on April 29, 2015


William H. Macy is like James Woods: one of the greatest acting talents in American history, who never gets the superstar status he deserves.
posted by clarknova at 12:49 PM on April 29, 2015


Lol. Yeah. A real loser.
posted by notreally at 2:34 PM on April 29, 2015


As an antidote: Smiling, singing William H Macy!
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 2:47 PM on April 29, 2015 [2 favorites]


Macy in Sports Night
as the future inspiration
for Mr. McGarry/Matthew Perry
That character was very enjoyable.
posted by infinite intimation at 4:21 PM on April 29, 2015


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