March 24, 2004

And 17 years later, it sinks in

After an episode of our favorite new show of the year, "Arrested Development", conversation turned to attempts to remember which roles exactly Jason Bateman had played during his child star days. And it occurred to me -- didn't Jason Bateman play the lead in "Teen Wolf Too"? Not being especially preoccupied with anyone besides Michelle Pfeiffer or the more age-appropriate Jennifer Connelly at the time, I didn't pay so much attention to the nuances of the casting choices for a sequel to a movie that was crappy in the first place, but now, with the benefit of hindsight, I can say -- how lame is that? Michael J. Fox doesn't want to come back for the role, so they go from Justine Bateman's brother on "Family Ties" to her brother in real life? The sad thing is, those producers probably thought they were brilliant.

I was reminded of this because Jason Bateman is interviewed in the current issue of the Onion.

Onion: What was your first commercial?

Jason Bateman: Um... I think I did, like, Honey Nut Cheerios or something. I had to pretend to see this fucking bee flying around all over the place. I thought I was in the middle of Hollywood magic.

He also reports that "Wilford Brimley was a pain in the ass." Dude, why don't you talk smack about someone who's still alive to defend himself? Oh. He's still alive? I guess those Quaker Oats really are healthy.

Posted by Francis at 04:48 AM