Saturday, October 07, 2006

He'll Be Back: Jouko Gets the "And"

One of the things Jenifer and I like to do when watching movies or TV is to look for the "and." I don't know when or how this started, but we always check to see which actor is listed following the initial group of core actors, and introduced by "and." We're usually not crazy fans about any actors in particular -- excepting Jenifer's, um, "respect" for Keanu and my healthy appreciation for, say, Jennifer Garner. But we like to follow various quirky or rising performers; the solid, stealth performers; the David Morses of the acting world.

I noticed that Mark Wahlberg recently got the "and" in Martin Scorsese's latest offering, The Departed. He's probably not at the "level" of folks like Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, or Leonardo DiCaprio, so an "and" in a film of this magnitude is probably quite a good thing for his career. I haven't seen the film, but I'm betting that his character plays a clutch function, even if the role is shorter than those of the main characters. On The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, you have an elaborate credit listing that concludes with "Featuring Sean Bean and Ian Holm with Andy Serkis." Their characters all play smaller, key roles that inhabit significant turning points in the story.

So we were happy to see that our buddy Jouko Ahola got the "and" (or "och" in Swedish) for his latest film, the comedy 7 miljonärer, which premiered in Stockholm last week. Our favorite singing Finn plays Jerry, a fellow with a Terminator complex (no, they're not all like that). At a summer wedding held at a manor house, guests both invited and uninvited scheme to rob the wedding couple of their millions. By the looks of the photo above, I'd guess that Jouko's Jerry takes things a bit too far. You can see the trailer here.

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Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

My bet is Mark Wahlberg/his agent negotiated that "and." You'll see a lot of name actors that aren't quite the lead but they want that special mention of "and."

11:39 PM  
Blogger Ryan Rasmussen said...

You're just saying that so you get the "and" for this blog post! Well, it's gonna cost you.

Good point, though. Probably similar to that whole "a film by" business.

8:50 AM  

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