Many times, the MS-QOTD is entirely due to my scanning cable channels for something that won’t irritate the hell out of me.  This led to my daughter and I watching an episode of ‘The Electric Company’ from 2009, wherein Lin-Manuel Miranda rapped about silent ‘e’, while wearing a cape for some reason.  She was shocked to see him, but even more so when I told her about when I was a kid and Electric Company featured Morgan Freeman as Vincent the Vegetable  Vampire.  This phenomenon of the unexpected actor is one of my favorite moments in pop culture, giving me moments both shocking (like Melissa Benoist in ‘Homeland’) and wonderful (such as a random Ashley Williams appearance, always a pleasure) and leading to today’s cameo appearing query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) was also shocked to find Stephen Ogg, the voice of Trevor from ‘Grant Theft Auto V’ in a recent episode of ‘The Walking Dead’, asking: What’s the most unusual example of the unexpected actor in your favorite pop-culture?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

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.

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3 Comments

  1. November 10, 2016 at 11:50 am — Reply

    Red Sun. Charles Bronson meets Toshiro Mifune. Unexpectedly good film.

  2. Mauther
    November 10, 2016 at 2:30 pm — Reply

    Most unusual, hands down has to be South Park. My favorite would be Robert Smith of the Cure playing himself, where he transforms into a giant moth to fight a giant Mecha-Streisand who is destroying South Park. Most unusual would be Big Gay Al’s Big Gay Sanctuary where George Clooney plays Stan’s dog Sparky. His dialogue consists solely of an A-list celebrity saying “woof”.

  3. November 10, 2016 at 8:10 pm — Reply

    Ryan Gosling in Goosebumps happened a few days ago. Pretty much the entire cast of Freaks and Geeks has done fantastic things.

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