During a recent viewing of the Super Sentai/Kamen Rider crossover movie (which, by the way, is a bit mystifying as an introduction to the Kamen Rider franchise), I was saddened to find that my kid’s favorite ranger wasn’t being played by his original actor.  This was doubly sad in that said actor was notable in previous appearances for being the quintessential cool old guy, fighting alongside kids 40 years his junior and just generally being kind of an old-school badass.  The idea of still being able to be effective and awesome in your twilight years is an compelling one, and it’s a concept we see again and again, from Obi-Wan Kenobi to Gran’ma Ben.  It’s even cooler when the badass in question is a real person, as in the case with Christopher Lee, who did stunts as Count Dooku when he was EIGHTY-FIVE!

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) hopes to never be too old for this $#!+, asking: What character, real or fictional, do you want to be like when you’re old?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Scrooge McDuck. I would love to spend my retirement as the wealthiest person in the world, going on ridiculously unsafe adventures with my nephews and house staff.

  2. I want to be one of those Shaolin Zen masters who’s all peaceful and wise, having let go of all material needs…except I’ll still have high-speed internet. ;-)

  3. 1) Gary Oldman in any role except that one in the fifth element because that movie is terrible
    2) Tom Waits
    3) Bill Murray

    honorable mention goes to William Elliott Whitmore, who i believe is only in his 30’s, but sings like a 200 year old blind black guy from georgia, so i suppose that counts.

  4. 1. The Doctor, Patrick Troughton or Matt Smith who is even older.
    2. Obi-Wan Kenobi
    3. Chiun from Remo Williams
    4. My Mentor, the late Herbert Golub
    I want to be active, what can I say.

    • I was watching Doctor Who when I answered, so I have no idea why I didn’t use that for one of mine as well (although I can’t think of any Time Ladies in particular I’d like to be like). Then again, I’m already a bit like The Doctor in the sense I’m odd, aspirin can kill me and I think fezzes are cool.

  5. Juan-Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez. Seems like being an immortal is the thing to do when you are old. And even if I am not immortal, I get to be an Egyptian with a Spanish name and a Scottish accent.

  6. Too late. I already am old. I wouldn’t mind being William Shatner, though. Imaging being Captain Kirk! Imagine getting to kiss all those lovely costars and guest stars… imaging being on the set when one of those lovely ladies finally fell out of those flimsy costumes! Who needs viagra when you can watch ST TOS reruns?

  7. Peter Parker. Not the sciencey bit – I’ve always sucked at science – but the guy who fights through any tragedy life throws at him the best way he can and who still manages to have enough hope within him to manage a funny quip or two.

    Plus. I’d like to go web-slinging. I really, really, really would like to go webslinging.

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