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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

September 28, 2011 at 2:02 PM

I KNOW who that is . . .

Because I watch movies a lot, this happens to me a lot: I’m staring at the screen and I recognize an actor, but I just can’t place him/her. Sometimes it’s wildly distracting. And sometimes, when I finally succumb to curiousity and look the person up, I’m astonished at what the memory holds on to. Case in point: Yesterday I saw “Like Crazy” and kept staring at the lovely actress who played Felicity Jones’ boss at the magazine. I KNEW I’d seen her somewhere before, but I couldn’t quite remember where. Turns out she is Finola Hughes, who I recognize from (I don’t know why I’m admitting this, but I guess I’m feeling confessional today) “General Hospital,” which I used to watch now and again, back in the day (mostly in college). She played Anna Scorpio, who (OK, I’ll confess, I had to look this up on Wikipedia, but it’s all coming back) was married to fellow spy Robert Scorpio (and whatever happened to that actor, anyway?), and then she married a mobster, and then for some reason she turned up on “All My Children” instead, which I have never watched. Really.
And also yesterday, in “What’s My Number?” I saw a handsome young actor who certainly looked familiar, but his name escaped me — turns out it was Zachary Quinto, from “Star Trek,” who looks quite different without the ears. And also in the movie was Ed Begley Jr., who of course I recognized because he’s been in everything, but who nonetheless jumped at me because I just rewatched “A Mighty Wind” the other day and laughed again at his character, Lars Olfen, a sort of Yiddish Swede. There are a lot of different ways to get lost in the movies; sometimes they all run together, into a happy blur.

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