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October 17th, 2008 · 5 Comments


In case you’ve been too distracted clockin’ those big bills, here are the first five installments of the United Federation of Character Actors, a bi-monthly feature at This Distracted Globe which profiles a character actor on the eve of his or her birthday. Click on their names to backtrack to the original article.


Joan Allen, Manhunter. “I think of myself more as a character actor than that ingénue leading lady, who started out something like Michelle Pfeiffer, or Jessica Lange. I’m a bit quirkier than that.”


Carla Gugino, Sin City. “For having a long career, hopefully – and this is sort of what I base my choices on – to do a variety of things. It confuses some people, and they’re not quite sure what to do with you. But other people, thankfully, appreciate the fact that you don’t just play yourself.”


Gary Cole, Office Space. “The more you do it, you realize that the philosophy is that you show up, you do it, you do the best you can and then you walk away. Everything else is up to somebody else in terms of how they digest it, what they think of it, whether it’s good or bad. You move on to the next experience.”


Clea DuVall, 13 Conversations About One Thing. “Acting is something that is very individual and very personal and I don’t think it should be graded. You can’t give a test on it, because your tests happen in your work. Your call is 6:30 in the morning and you go and you work for fourteen hours. That’s your test.”


Liev Schreiber, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. “I like it all. I’ve been incredibly lucky to diversify like that. When we used to sit around in graduate school and talk about the kind of career you want to have, I think everybody described my career.”

The United Federation of Character Actors returns on Sunday at 7 pm PST with a new article. Thanks for visiting and if you enjoy what you’re reading – and you know people who like movies – help spread the word!

© Joe Valdez

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Joseph R. Valdez // Oct 18, 2008 at 1:31 am

    Dear # 1 son,

    Thank you for compiling so compeling a list of theatrical mechanics who perform so effortlessly we, the viewing audience, forget they’re part of a movie.

    Their dedication must surely inspire you to continue with your own good work and its review and recognition process. I continue to be very proud of you son.


  • 2 Adam Ross // Oct 18, 2008 at 6:32 am

    I’ve really enjoyed this series. Gugino is one of my favorites, and I didn’t know anything about Cole’s interesting background. Great choices so far, can’t wait to see who else you have lined up.

  • 3 Moviezzz // Oct 18, 2008 at 8:20 am

    Love the series. Can’t wait to see what is next!

  • 4 Hannah // Oct 19, 2008 at 3:02 am

    Wow! I just stumbled onto this site, and I must say, I’ve fallen in love. I’m a big film buff myself, and have just recently created my own film blog. But this is, in itself, an amazing project. I will definitely be coming back, and I hope you don’t mind if I link you?

  • 5 Joe Valdez // Oct 19, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Dad: I think it’s time you started a web log. Your insight to movies – whether a kid in Chicago sailing popcorn boxes at the screen or projecting movies in the Navy – would definitely be a perspective worth reading about. Thanks for continuing to support me here.

    Adam/ Moviezzz: You guys’ approbation means a lot considering you’re two of the few people who write consistently good content. I will continue to steal ideas from you both as I move forward.

    Hannah: Welcome to the wild and wacky world of blogging. I see you already have a blogroll started, but I’d recommend checking out the links to the right if you haven’t done so already. These are among the best people writing about movies or pop culture on the world wide web. Thanks for visiting!

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