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Hey! It's That Guy! Paperback – September 1, 2005
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For the most part, this is a very useful guide for looking up actors that look familiar. The descriptions of each actor are humorous but informative. There are several useful indexes in the back of the book and best of all a section with the pictures and names of all the actors featured in the book. Unfortunately, the book is on the small size; I would have preferred a larger book, with more roles listed for each actor. And some of the pictures are movie stills and not very clear, which is shame since the pictures should be the strong point of the book.
All in all, movie and trivia buffs will enjoy this reference book.
It's done in a witty, wisecracking way, but, after reading it like that for the first 10 actors, you start wanting maybe a date of birth, where are they from, maybe interesting trivia about their life.
What we mostly get is the persons name, what type of characters they usually play, and a few movie titles
or tv shows they were in.
The best thing about this book is a face goes with a name,
and yes, some of the humor is good, it could have been better with much more information.
I was going to give it 3 stars, but, because of all the faces that finaly get names to go with them, and some of the TV and movie info that goes with those faces,
I give it 4 stars.
It's still worth buying for those character actor fans in book land, of course you'll have to look else where for more information on these character actors.
Writers Tara Ariano and Adam Sternbergh infuse the book with good-hearted humor as they introduce each actor. For example, Clint Howard is introduced as "Hey! It's that oddly menacing man-boy!" And then there is "Hey! It's that guy who you do NOT want to mess with!" when introducing silver-haired actor Frank Vincent, well-remembered for his role as mobsters in films such as Goodfella's and Casino. Each actor gets a one page profile (although some of the more noted character actors get two pages) with their most noted films and roles as well as some brief but interesting anecdotal information about them.
So who can you expect to find in the book? Well how about Daniel von Bargen who has played dozens of police or military roles but who is most fondly remembered as Mr. Kruger, George Costanza's one time boss on Seinfeld. Victor Wong, who played the wise old Asian man, time and time again in films such as Big Trouble in Little China, Seven Years in Tibet, and The Last Emperor.Read more ›
The forward is in the form of an interview with Stephen Tobolowsky, who played the salesman Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day. He talks about how the he was forced by the nature of his short appearance to figure out where his character is coming from.
The character actors are all of recent vintage. Fans of older movies will need to consult a different source. But those included are excellent.
The actors are grouped according to the type of movie they most often appear in, such as military movies, cop shows, office settings, mob movies, and so on.
A great addition to any movie reference library. Like I don't have nearly enough crap.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like the concept and the execution of this book, the way it groups character actors into categories and the humorous "bio" for each, but I dislike the narrow focus. Read morePublished 16 months ago by James D. Crabtree
I was talking to a friend about a quote I had read in a memorial to Jack Elam, the great character actor who everyone has seen but few actually know. Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by Weekend Handyman
The book while an easy read and fun to read, it was to short on material, I am sure their is another teir of character actors that could be included.Published on January 14, 2013 by Andrew Hamilton
For a film lover, this is a reference book. I was happy to find it, and I'm glad to be able to have it at hand when I need it.Published on January 5, 2013 by Claud E. Morris
It is an excellent book. We only wish that it went back further to cover movies from the 50's and earlier.Published on November 10, 2012 by Judith R. Heinemann
A quicky guide to supporting actors you may
recognize but don't have a clue what their
names are. It was amusing and interesting.
Disappointed,no Strother Martin,William Smith,Clifton James,etc:
So,I kinda like it not complete to suite me,i was really hoping those 3 guys would be there.
An entertaining book with interesting tidbits about lots of familiar character actors. True movie buffs will probably know a lot of the actors already, but still good fun.Published on October 20, 2008 by S. Monteagudo