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A Little Ray of Comfort: John Taylor Actor

I have been staring at a blank blog post for awhile now.  I recognize that it is time to get a blog out there to the Duran world, especially since I didn’t get a blog done yesterday.  I apologize for that.  Needless to say this past week has been brutal as I recovered from a long road trip to Washington DC (about 15 hours one way) and having to grade all of my finals.  Today is the first day that I thought I could pause in about two weeks.  It was very needed.  So the question is how can I use this blog and Duran Duran to help me with this day of rest and recovery?  The plan, I think, is to watch some Duran related material to get a little escape from a world that is far too scary for my liking.

I think I’ll continue the theme that Rhonda has started this week with a little John Taylor as actor.  She blogged about probably my two favorites, Strange Frequency and Sugar Town.  Yet, there is far more that I could pop into the DVD player or check out on YouTube.  In fact, if you look at JT’s acting career on a website like IMDb, you will notice that his acting career started really in 1985 with his guest appearance on Miami Vice and as the hacker in the cable TV show, Timeslip.  While I couldn’t find a good clip of Miami Vice, I could find a clip of Timeslip.  Notice that John does not have any lines!

Of course, he didn’t really get into acting until the late 1990s with Sugar Town.  Here is a video with some of John’s scenes put to John’s song, “Fields of Eden”.  If you haven’t seen this one and are a John Taylor fan, you really must!

The year 2000 saw a few films with John, including The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas as Keith Rockhard and A Diva’s Christmas Carol as the Ghost of Christmas Present.  That said, my favorite is Four Dogs Playing Poker where he plays Dick, a hit man, who works side-by-side with Steve Jones.  He isn’t a very nice guy here, that’s for sure!

Of course, John did a couple of sitcoms, too, in the 2000s.  First, he was a handyman in That 80s Show.  The full episode is below.  John appears around 5:30.

Then, he was on Samantha Who, which is a delightfully fun exploration of fandom.

Needless to say, I have many choices of what to watch to distract me from real life.  What do you think I should watch?  If you have seen John’s acting, which do you like best?  If you haven’t. which one would you like to see most?
















Speaking of John Taylor, Do You Remember Sugartown?

Funny thing about that John Taylor…he continues to be the topic of my blogs this week!

I wrote about Strange Frequency earlier in the week, and in one of the comments, someone mentioned something about Sugartown.

Well, on this date in 1999, Sugartown premiered at the Sundance Festival in Utah.  If you haven’t seen this one, you might just want to give it a shot. Out of all of John’s acting work that I’ve seen (not sure if I missed anything along the way), this is the one I enjoy most.

The setting is Hollywood, and the storyline is about the industry: music, entertainment…and the people within, focusing on the stereotypical headlines we see in the papers. Rock star with love child he didn’t know about, aging actresses trying to get decent roles, a manager that wants the rock stars to sleep with her before she helps them out, etc. etc. While the storylines are a bit cliché, it wasn’t a bad movie. (and that’s probably the end of my career as a film reviewer…)

So, do you remember Sugar Town?

Today in Duran History – Sugartown

On this date in 1998, the movie, Sugartown, starring John Taylor began filming.  I have to admit that this is my favorite movie of John’s.  He looked great and his hair was perfect.  On top of that, the role was very fitting.  Seriously, if you haven’t seen it, you really should!!

I found a couple of interviews related to this movie project of John’s.