I remember as a kid being so excited to watch videos like Nightboat or New Moon on Monday in order to hear a member of the band mumble a line or two. Of course, I was beyond thrilled by the documentary, Sing Blue Silver. I watched it over and over and over and over and over again. I knew every line and knew exactly when I would hear my favorite member speak. Heck, I’ll be honest. I knew every moment on any video that showed a “cute” John look or moment as well as any sentences spoken. My best friend, at the time, and I would watch this small amount of Duran footage almost every time we got together and we would *squee* over these favorite moments. Then, of course, if we were really lucky, we would catch a new interview on Friday Night Videos or MTV. We couldn’t get enough and, honestly, we didn’t have very much compared to what we do today. Really, I couldn’t imagine a more looked for to moment than new Duran footage. I will never forget the night that John and Andy were to be guest VJs on MTV for an hour, where they would talk and introduce videos they liked. My family bought our very first VCR that night and I was so excited by the idea that I would be able to record this and watch it over and over again. Unfortunately, the VCR didn’t work as it wasn’t cable ready (can you imagine!?) and we exchanged it the next night. My point being that any and all moments when I would actually hear the band speak, especially John, were so exciting to me as a kid!!! I can’t imagine what I would have done if John had done acting at the time. I think my friend and I might have exploded from excitement and/or from screaming at the screen.
Now, I have John’s acting work as an adult. As the type of fan that I am, I admit that I had to see everything he acted in. In fact, I owe as much of it as possible. I do wonder, though, how many fans have seen his acting work. I bet that there are quite a few fans who have seen some of the more popular ones. Then, I wonder what people think of his work. Did they think John’s acting ability was quality or not? I’ll be honest here about what I thought. I truly do like many of the shows/movies that John was in. This week we acknowledged the premiere of Sugartown in 1999. This one is definitely one of my favorites. In this movie, John plays an English rock star (what a stretch!) who has a fan come to his house in LA with a child that she claims is his. During the movie, he has to not only deal with this but is also trying to get a record deal with this new “supergroup” made up of English rockers from the same musical era but different groups. Obviously, this storyline has some similarities to John’s real life, including being in a group with members from other groups and being an English rock star in LA. I think he did a good job in this and I have to admit that I enjoyed the little comments regarding fans and fandom.
Another movie that we recognized this week was Strange Frequency. This movie was one made for VH1 and had 4 parts to it. John played in one of them. In his part, he played a wild rocker who liked to trash hotel rooms for fun. This hotel maid had to clean up his mess over and over again, which became more and more problematic as John’s character kept escalating the amount and ways of trashing the room. While this character didn’t seem John like, I thought it was fun to see John play this kind of stereotypical rock star. He seemed to enjoy it as well. Besides, who doesn’t like John Taylor with heavy eyeliner and blonde bangs?! (Well, maybe not everyone…but I do!)
There are many other works that John appeared in as an actor. Other ones that I really liked were his guest appearance in the TV show, Samantha Who, and Four Dogs Playing Poker. That Samantha Who episode really deserves a blog post all by itself since it really is all about fandom! As for Four Dogs Playing Poker, John played a hit man, which was pretty crazy! His partner-in-crime, literally, in that movie was Steve Jones from Sex Pistols and Neurotic Outsiders fame. Then, there are productions that John was in that I’m horrified by. For example, Vegas: City of Vegas is pretty horrible, I think. He plays a bad guy in that movie, too. Unfortunately, the writing and acting were all pretty bad, in my opinion. That said, a lot of John fans still appreciate shirtless John or John in the shower. I, personally, think that the next time I watch that movie it should be done as a drinking game! Then, I could stop cringing and have fun!!!
I guess I have seen a lot of John as actor pieces. I no longer get as excited about every line and look on film anymore. The supply of John increased so much, I guess, that my demand was met. I’m still glad that I have all of those John movies and shows, though. I will still watch them but they aren’t like how Sing Blue Silver was in 1985 for me. I’m a little sad that I don’t have that same level of excitement. I’m sure, though, that I will be that excited when John’s book comes out! This all reminds me of how talented and diverse John’s talents are from bass player, to songwriter to actor to artist to writer. Perhaps, that fact is what I really should find exciting!!!