Sunday, January 22, 2006

R.I.P., Nice Guy Eddie.

Chris Penn, who helped teach us to get down in Footloose, has died at the age of 40, possibly of either rockin’ pneumonia or the boogie woogie flu. In all seriousness, Penn was a talented character actor. Though most will remember him from his role in Reservoir Dogs, this is because most people have only seen 10 movies, four of which are Tarantino pictures, with the rest being various cuts of Scarface. Penn was in Pale Rider, Short Cuts, and Rumble Fish, all great performances that more than made up for Beethoven’s 2nd and being the mercilessly grave Sean Penn’s brother.


Anonymous Muttley said...

He was also acting decently in that car crash of a movie that was True Romance.

10:06 a.m.  
Blogger Jerk Of All Trades 2.0 said...

Don't forget "Stealing Harvard".
Chris, I'll miss you.

10:32 a.m.  
Anonymous broadzilla said...

Funny, I can never picture him as wearing anything other than a blue nylon tracksuit and too much gold jewellery. The apex of cool, obviously.

10:35 a.m.  
Blogger Fatman said...

Chris freakin' Penn is dead? Man, that guy was so young. He'll be mildly missed.

p.s. Don't forget he was also in Corky Romano. Did anyone actually see that movie?

1:24 p.m.  
Blogger Ash Karreau said...

Actually, Jerk, I was trying to forget Stealing Harvard.

And yes, fatman, I did see Corky Romano. I don't want to talk about it.

The worst part about his whole thing is that Sean Penn now has a valid reason to be moody and violent.

3:37 p.m.  
Blogger Sam Kahn said...

That really bites. I was hoping to see him do more work.

4:59 p.m.  
Blogger Ash Karreau said...

Apparently, he was working as a second-billed lead on a great film, but he accidentally ate everyone involved.

5:15 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, True Romance, he was great. As well as his role in Deceiver with Michael Rooker, Tim Roth & Renee Zitwiggerwhoozits, whatever. Anyway, it is sad, his passing. Hollywood is sorely lacking in good younger character actors and he was definitely one of the best.

10:11 p.m.  

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