Tuesday, August 4, 2009

What do George Clooney and Don Cheadle have in common? DRIVE.



I love sitcoms, that's no secret. Two of my favorites are The Golden Girls and Roseanne. Let's start with the Golden Girls. One the best episodes is when the girls are approached by the police to use their home as a stake out location to catch two jewelry thieves who live next door. I realize that's the most ridiculous premise for an episode of a show that stars 4 women over 55, but it is what it is. On this episode, one of the police officers is none other than George Clooney. So cute, and such ridiculous lines. But here's a guy who refused to quit, a guy who would take any role, even a tiny part on a sitcom about old ladies. That's admirable. Later, the Golden Girls ended and a spin off began, without Bea Arthur, called The Golden Palace. In it, the rest of the girls ran a hotel, with none other than Don Cheadle as the manager. In hindsight, this show was destined to fail. Spinoffs rarely work, and this one was no exception. But again, here's an actor who HAD to know that this show was a long shot, but instead of thinking he was too good for it or for TV in general, he signed on.

Back to Clooney (who I just learned was also on The Facts of Life!). Roseanne, in its first season, had a character named Booker, who managed the factory that Roseanne and her girl friends worked at. Who played Booker? George Clooney! And he was great! Anyway, my point is that I like actors who'll do whatever to make it, even cheesy tv shows.

Side note, another Golden Girls episode featured several Elvis impersonators, one being Quentin Tarantino. Yes, I watch too much tv.


Jocelyn said...

Love the Golden Girls and about three years ago while having lunch in Hollywood, California with my ex-husband, we spotted George Clooney at the same restaurant we ate at. He was the hunkiest man I've ever seen in a long time! LOL.

Anyway, I watch tv a lot too whenI can. ;)

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SudsMuffin said...

I remember George when he was on Facts. My wife's love affair with George goes wayyy back. :)

askcherlock said...

I almost hate to admit that I love The Golden Girls. there are time when I am so weary from watching the news, I tuned in to their re-runs and actually laugh out loud. I didn't know Quentin Tarantino had been on there, but he is so weird that I find him compelling. And Clooney! What can I say? Gorgeous beyond belief.

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