Thursday, March 06, 2008

He's Like The Wind

For some reason, I'm really sad to hear that Patrick Swayze has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I've never found him sexy, or one of the best actors ever to grace the screen, but it's Patrick Swayze. You kind of just gotta like a little Swayze now and again.

Before the news was made public, Best Week Ever posted this great entry detailing Swayze's Top 20 Ridiculous Faces made in Ghost. Wow. Talk about scary timing (quantum physics?). After hearing the sad news about Swayze's condition, they also added the Top 5 Most Hansomest, Well-Acted Faces of Patrick Swayze in Ghost.

Personally, I think Swayze would get a kick out of the first entry. He's always appeared to be one who can make fun of himself. You have to be able to make fun of yourself, really, if you were in both Roadhouse (Doubly-sad, as Jeff Healey died of cancer earlier this week) and Point Break. You can't really take yourself seriously in a) a movie about a Phd-in-philosophy-bouncer-in-a-very-backwoods-Missouri-town-which-also-has-a-really-hot-blond-chick-doctor and b) any movie co-starring both Keanu Reeves and Gary Busey. Plus, when Swazye hosted SNL, he had no problem lampooning his "hunk" reputation in two of the show's greatest skits (Hanz & Franz and the oft-viewed Swayze vs. Farley Chippendale's Audition). Granted, Black Dog was definitely a career low, but we all have to pay our bills, and straight-to-DVD movies — especially ones involving driving semis, Randy Travis, an ominous black canine and "nail-biting" moments at a weigh station are probably a decent way to earn an easy paycheck. And hey, a couple years later, he had a great bit part in Donnie Darko.

When you think about it, Swayze is kind of an American treasure. Christ, he fought all those commies in Red Dawn? Wolverines, bitch, wolverines!!

I hope Swayze puts cancer in the corner.

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