Friday, January 4, 2013

You Better Consume Your Whedon-ies

I wouldn't say that I'm a Joss Whedon groupie—not at all—but it's hard to avoid the man. He has been involved in many, many projects, so is it a surprise that I like a few of them? I recently enjoyed watching the entire series of Firefly on Netflix, and a friend recommended I try Dollhouse. I'm not entirely sure if I really like Dollhouse, but I noticed something while watching it.

Can you see it, too?

David Boreanaz, Nathan Fillion, Tahmoh Penikett

I never would have thought there was something strange going on here just by comparing Angel and Captain Malcolm Reynolds, but when you throw in what's-his-face from Dollhouse...well. Three times is not a coincidence, it's a pattern.

Joss apparently has an idea for what a leading man ought to look like, and that ideal includes large (and smashed-in-looking from some angles) nose, dark hair, heavy jawlines, and beefy builds. He also prefers his gentlemen to be rough around the edges, rebels, and...well, violent (but with a good heart). But what does it mean? Did Joss have a crush on Han Solo as a kid? (Though Harrison Ford's nose isn't really squashy enough for the Whedon ideal.)


Marie said...

Wow--there's something odd in the air. I get the urge to post on my blog for the first time in two years, and then discover that you just posted on your blog for the first time in two years. I do miss the blog format. Facebook is so cluttery and sound-bitey. I like words and lots of 'em.

I think you're on to something, here--there is definitely a trend in the appearances of those leading men. Is this at all what Joss Whedon himself looks like? Maybe this is his way of living out his stories onscreen? Or maybe this is how he wishes he looked. I know that if I were writing stories about people who embodied virtues that I flatter myself I have, I'd want Cate Blanchett playing me, even though we look nothing alike.

Who would play you in the movie version of your life, if you had your way?

Jennifer B. said...

So fun to find you here! Hope you'll post again soon.

wynne said...

Mr. Whedon looks a little like Jeff Niecamp (that was his name? writer-turned-photographer?), and nothing like these leading fellas. Who knows what attracts him about this look/ideal...maybe he just likes things as far away from himself as they get? Who knows? (His analyst, maybe?)

wynne said...

Heavens--if I had my way, there would never be a movie version of my life. It's bad enough hearing a recording of my voice, or seeing a video tape of myself as I really am...but watching someone play an idealized version of myself onscreen? I'm afraid I would find that depressing (because I would know the Truth and how the Truth is/would never be as cool as what was on the screen...)

wynne said...

...and I'm sorry I waited so long to respond. I turned off email notification of comments...but I am planning on posting again soon. Does that make up for it?