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No Longer Will Character Actors Be Referred to as 'Hey, It's That Guy'

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August 13, 2014
Source: EW

Rob Corddry

Day in and day out, character actors go without the recognition that superstars, blockbuster leading men and Oscar-winners get every single day. Most of the time audiences can't even be bother to learn their name, constantly pointing and saying "Hey, it's that guy!" or "It's that guy from that one thing." But some of Hollywood's character actors have had enough, and they're looking for some recognition. Entertainment Weekly has put together this powerful PSA featuring character actors like Rob Corddry, Doug Jones, Rob Huebel and more, making sure you know who they are, and they deserve to be called by their name.

Here's EW's important message from the character actors of Hollywood:

Donald Faison, Matt Walsh, David Costabile, Silas Weir Mitchell, Anthony Stewart Head, Donal Logue and Mark Evan Jackson aren't anywhere near covering all the various actors who don't gain the fame of actors like Tom Hanks. Though this PSA is tongue-in-cheek in nature, character actors deserve serious recognition, because their performances allow the leading man to shine, giving them just the right performance to play off of on the big and small screen. However, we're wondering where all the character actresses are in this video, because it's not just these supporting male talents who go unnoticed.

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  • Xerxexx
    Awesome. We need more of these.
  • Bo
    Oh pleeeeze...boo hoo, boo hoo! For god's sake, this is embarrassing. Am I being too harsh? Perhaps. But really, I know the handy man's name who comes to repair stuff in my apartment. I know the two guys, Jose and Juan, who come every week to empty our building's garbage dumpster. They really do things for me that I value. Must I trouble myself with these childish actors whining about recognition or their lack of it? Really? I'd rather know the names of the mothers and their children that are being bombed and killed in the Middle East. Can we get a little perspective here? These guys are at least working. There are 10 or more guys for every one of them that can't get acting jobs. So please, just shut up and cultivate a little gratitude that you're able to earn a living doing what you love and quit whining and demanding of me some 'recognition'!!! I hope I never see any of these guys again, and didn't know any of them anyway. How's that for irony?
    • TorpedoVegas
      Wrong
    • tommyturner
      No, the irony is that they were being facetious and you had absolutely no clue.
      • Bo
        No Tommy...the real irony is that they 'cloaked' their whining for attention and recognition in being facetious and you fell for it. It's an old trick, man...joking when you're dead serious. Come on, man. I used to be an actor; I quit 30 yrs. ago after having worked in two huge and popular movies and still found it difficult to get work. Plus, I hated, hated being around these kind of actors who whined and complained about everything; especially about the stars and their salaries and the director; they always whined about the top tier people. Interesting, eh? Pure envy and jealously. These 'character' actor/day players were just about as bad as extras in their unending complaints about everything. So I've been there and done that and exited quietly and quickly and have never regretted it or looked back. So if you, Tommyturner, can't see beyond the cloak of being facetious you are living in foo foo land, far, far from the truth and reality. Sorry, bud, but that's the way I see it. I mean you no harm; nor them for that matter. I just have pity for them as it's not a good place to be.
        • tommyturner
          Wow, pal, do you have issues. Let's see you were an actor and (if you are the same "Bo" that has been posting elsewhere) you claim to have been a drill sergeant in 1967 (see comments about American Sniper film). Are you R. Lee Ermey? Seriously, all irony and facetiousness aside, you are one angry, miserable dude. Get some help before it's too late. Or not...the choice is yours.
          • tommyturner
            Plus you tend to bloviate. Get some help for that too.
          • Nick D.
            So your argument is based on insults.. tell me your age again?! The guy told us his opinion in very polite way and your argument is to tell him that needs help..
          • tommyturner
            How did I insult him? He obviously got very angry and upset about (mainly) comedic actors making an obviously tongue in cheek PSA about not getting respect as character actors. He used words such as "hate", "envy" and "jealousy" when referring to these actors. He shows anger and bitterness towards these people. He should get some help to calm down and not take things so seriously. And he does bloviate. No insults. Facts...and concern.
          • tommyturner
            By the way, Nick, he also called them "childish" and told them to "shut up" and "quit whining". But I'm the one hurling insults by telling Bo he's too angry. Interesting.
          • tommyturner
            And calling them "bad actors", Nick, THAT wasn't insulting? Tsk-tsk. People in glass houses...
          • Nick D.
            Yeah.. No it's not the same! Calling someone good or bad at their job and saying to someone you don't know that need psychiatric help... You direct assault him just because have a different opinion with you. You could just ignore him... BUT NO!!! no one can have any other opinion that yours.. What an insult to the Tommy the center of the universe. But I would not keep lowering for him, I spoke my mind, he if he wishes can defend himself. In our topic. Tommy they are bad actors that's a fact and not an insult.. Their work speak for them. My top in my mind is the series Dominion. Just look at him acting and honestly tell me that he is not a very bad and wooden actor. And that's only mr Head. Tell me, please, just tell me one of those actors who actually impressed you or inspired you or affect you in any positive way by watching their work. This video is a cry for attention. They started it cause the ppl don't recognize them... Boo fucking hoo.. As I said you are at Hollywood you have a job (even if you don't deserve one) and you are making good money. Ok not the millions that an "Oscar" actor makes, boo hoo... Again... You want me to remember your name? Earn it! So simple Tommy so simple...
          • tommyturner
            No, YOU think they are bad actors. That is YOUR opinion - not a "fact". So, based on your logic (illogic), if I say you are an idiot and claim that to be a fact and not an opinion, then it isn't an insult. Interesting.
          • Nick D.
            Prove me wrong then. Tell me one good acting scene from one of the above actors...
          • Bo
            Well, Nick...thanks for taking up the good fight for me with this tommyturner....the poor guy. I reveal myself, my past acting and Drill Sgt. experience and he uses it as ammo to attack. Lots of sad insecurity from him and what you are trying to point out to him you're right on the money. I bumped heads with him a bit on another thread regarding the sniper film and quickly ascertained that he views the world in a very simplistic way and believes what the media and those that use the media tell him. The poor guy also just doesn't listen and understand...neither what I write nor what you write. So...good try, but it's a lost endeavor. As I said on the other thread, it's rather like trying to teach a pig to sing...it doesn't work and only irritates the pig. All tommyturner's weird accusations towards me (and you) are really him talking about himself. Perhaps one day he'll come to realize that...or not....lol...
          • tommyturner
            What did I accuse you of that wasn't true? I was told that I attacked you, but it was you who referred to me (albeit indirectly) as a pig. Hypocrite.
          • Detective Fucku
            Dude. Stop arguing with strangers on the internet and go get laid. This is one of ten dumbest arguments I've ever encountered. It was a good article and decent entertaining PSA or maybe not whatever who the fuck cares. Go get some pussy or some dick and stop trying to act like people give a shit about your or anyone else's opinion on the internet. Fuck you. And fuck you too Bo.
          • Detective Fucku
            Almost forgot about you Nick D. HOT TUB TIME MACHINE WAS AWESOME EAT MY ASS WITH A WOODEN SPOON.
          • Nick D.
            oook we will talk when you get to the grows ups land..
          • tommyturner
            I'm hurt.....but you DID read all the posts. You must have been entertained. Ka chow! I will take your advice and get laid immediately and I agree Hot Tub Time Machine is an awesome film which Corddry rocks every time he is on screen.
          • tommyturner
            Both Robs are in Childrens Hospital which is hilarious. Donald Faison was on Scrubs which was a fantastic TV sitcom. Donal Logue most recently was on Sons of Anarchy last season and he was awesome. If you want me to argue that they are all DeNiro or Bogart, they obviously aren't, but I feel that are good at what they do. Getting back to the real reason I replied to your comments is that this was meant to be a funny bit. YOU and your buddy Bo took it as if they were SERIOUS. You both missed the point and your anger towards their obviously fake envy took over and it's making you both look kind of ridiculous.
          • Nick D.
            you are describing a show... i never spoke about the shows they are in, i spoke about their acting.. tell me one scene that you actually said to yourself that this isn't an actor, this is the Character! one scene from all those in the commercial. just one that you said "sir please take this emmy award" No its not funny.. they presented as funny but they want to make a point, they want to get heard, they want recognition, they are just asking it in a funny way, cause if they where serious, all ppl would see their true selfs and the huge ego that those actors have unsatisfied...
          • tommyturner
            So if you don't win an emmy or academy award, you are a bad actor? I guess Leonardo Dicaprio, Julianne Moore, Will Smith, Bill Murray and Johnny Depp are all bad actors. I tire of your illogic and deep seated anger. You are a loser. Yes, I am insulting you.
          • Nick D.
            you know very well what i mean stop taking it so literally! all i am asking is to name one good performace to all of those actors from above, just one that impressed you so very much! but you avoiding to answer and instead you insult just because you are out of more reasonably arguments.. yeah... sorry but im not offended by insults from a guy with a nickname in a random site...
    • Nick D.
      I agree!! If you feel that you dont get what you want from your current job you can always try something else and stop winning for Christ sake, you are at Hollywood and you are getting paid...
      • Bo
        lol...as your comment(s) are pretty funny! So, well said, very well said indeed. And how's that for real irony that most of them are bad actors...so sad, but that's why they whine, righto cheerio?
    • Guy who comments on things
      I get what you're saying, and I totally agree, but I think it was a joke...
      • Bo
        Great, we agree. I'm kinda done with this, but perhaps read my reply below to the whole 'joke' or being 'facetious' thing. Later....
    • http://djkento.com/ Kento
      Ummm you realize it was a joke right? Like... it's not a real PSA. They don't really think the things that they're saying. It's all for the sake of comedy...
  • DAVIDPD
    Matt Walsh and Donal Logue need to make something together.
  • http://www.roamandthink.com/ Quanah
    Precious.
  • cobrazombie
    Who?
  • shane willett
    serious Donal Fasion ???? He was kind of the second male lead in cluless, and second male lead in Scrubs, and he was Dr. Gravity in Kick Ass 2
  • VAharleywitch
    Well, I like to take pride that I know repeat "character actors" whose performances I enjoy. Then again, I recognize multiple VAs now days as well. I am quite happy watching the contribution to "Falling Skies" that Doug Jones is giving as Cochise. After I learned he was Abe Sapien + Pan's Labyrinth, he became a name I look for w/ prosthetic work. ASH is another one that I enjoy the work of, wish he was in more things. His turn on SyFy's "Dominion" was decidedly different... especially that he didn't have his British accent I've always heard him with.

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