The Black Hugh Grant

Posted in Guest Posts,Wabona on April 18th, 2013 By wabona

There are a couple of actors that I do not particularly care for, and Hugh Grant is one of them. Nothing against him as a person I should add - after all, I don’t know the man individually as I have never met him. The only bit of semi personal knowledge I have is that he was once somehow fortunate enough to date model-slash-actress Elizabeth Hurley and managed to mess that one up royally.

No, the reason I don’t particularly care for Grant is because I think the title of ‘actor’ is one which you can apply in its loosest possible sense. Take a look at some of his filmography and you will see he plays the same role (bumbling, likeable British idiot) in pretty much every film he’s ever made: Four weddings and a what-what - check. Nine Months - check. Notting Hill - check. About a Boy - check. Love Actually - check. There’s no acting required there - Grant just turns up and completes the same ‘performance’ each time.
This minded me to think of another actor who has come to define the dictionary definition of ‘typecast’. Ladies and gentleman, I give you Mr Morris Chestnut (aka the black Hugh Grant).
Are you looking for the handsome, well-built, charming and successful black lead for your romantic comedy? Will the film co-star Gabrielle Union? Will the role call for a nicely trimmed goatee? If the answer to these questions was yes, then I present to you………….Morris Chestnut! Look at some of the films he has done: The Best Man - check. The Brothers - check. Two Can Play That Game - check. Think Like A Man - check.
Alright, enough playing around. I make fun of Chestnut but I think that it must be a struggle for some actors to get out of stereotyped roles. Film executives invariably want to ensure a box office hit and when trying to do that, one tries to not reinvent the wheel. If it ain’t broke, then don’t try to fix it. Why change a winning formula? You get the picture. So unless your name Is Denzel or George or Brad, don’t come around here trying to break out of your guaranteed slot - go trim your goatee, work out in the gym and work that sex appeal to get the bums on the seats.
But don’t get it twisted, that still won’t make me change my mind about Hugh ‘the fake actor’ Grant.
-Ticha (@tichakp)
So who is Ticha? When he is not blogging about or watching sport, Ticha can be found watching re-runs of “that night in Istanbul” when Liverpool FC won their last European Cup. If there is no sport on TV, Ticha defaults to watching cult films and memorising useless quotes.  The film he has watched more than any other is Pulp Fiction (“say ‘what’ one more time! I dare ya!”) and he believes the greatest TV show of all time is Voltron (“form arms and torso”). The first TV show he remembers watching was the cult children’s TV show ‘Rainbow’. 

 
Check out Ticha’s blog: www.goalmouthmelee.wordpress.com

 

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