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 Easy Reader and 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 guest-star 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 both ‘Westworld’ and ‘The Walking Dead’, asking: What’s the most unusual example of the unexpected actor in your favorite pop-culture?


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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. Daniel Langsdale on

    Bryan Cranston in an episode of Babylon 5 playing a Ranger being knowingly ordered off to his death by Captain Sheridan. Being asked “you don’t have any family, do you?” is seldom a good sign.

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