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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

October 17, 2012 at 11:35 AM

‘Who’s that guy?’ yet again

(Wow — lots of dealbreakers. Keep ’em coming!)
Some actors carry their pasts with them, like a shadow; no matter what role you see them in, you always remember them in something else, and it affects your perception. This is perhaps more often the case for TV actors — Kelsey Grammer, for me, will always be Frasier Crane, no matter how often he tries to be an X-Man — but it happens with movie actors too. Last night, at a screening of “Alex Cross,” the audience laughed when a police-chief character appeared on screen. The actor had a way of over-enunciating his words that seemed comical, and he looked familiar but it took me half the movie before I could place him: He was John C. McGinley, better known as Bob Slydell — the jovial auditor who’s one of the Bobs in “Office Space.” How could Bob Slydell possibly be a police chief? Maybe he was just there to lay somebody off.

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