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The Geek Trifecta of Acting

The Geek Trifecta of Acting is something I made up because I have too much time on my hands and spend it thinking about actors and the roles they play.

Simply put an actor can score a Geek Trifecta by having a major role in three movies that come from or relate to the geek culture of fantasy, horror, science fiction, comic books, video games, cartoons, toys, or fantasy/horror/science fiction literature or television. To qualify an actor must have played three roles in three unrelated movies or shows from three separate genres. Playing Aragorn in three movies doesn’t qualify Viggo Mortenson. Mentioning him however, does mean you have to say his first name as “Veeeeggo” like Peter MacNicol in Ghostbusters II.

First an abbreviated list of what qualifies: Any original sci-fi/fantasy/horror movie series or individual film. Any film in those genres spawned by literature, comic books, video game, or TV show, that has a continued following in geek culture. So the following movies/series apply: Comic book based films, Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5, Stargate, Halloween, Friday the 13th, Evil Dead, The Lord of the Rings, Resident Evil, Firefly, Buffy, Supernatural, Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Night Gallery, and the James Bond films.

You can’t watch Bond and tell me it’s not science fiction. There is no way you can have sex with that many women and not get an STD.

For individual films the qualifications are on a case by case basis The Fifth Element qualifies for science fiction films but Zardoz doesn’t. Mostly because no one should have to see Sean Connery with his junk in a bright red posing pouch. I did and had to bleach my eyes. Blade Runner qualifies but Dr. Gold foot and the Bikini Machine doesn’t despite having Vincent Price in it. It depends on audience reception more than critical reception but that plays a part as well.

So what actors have pulled of the GT of A?

Bruce Willis: James Cole in 12 Monkeys (remake of La Jetée), Corben Dallas in The Fifth Element (original movie), Hartigan in Sin City (cb).

Gary Oldman: Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg in The Fifth Element (see above), Sirius Black in HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Fantasy Lit), Jim Gordon in The Dark Knight (cb).

Patrick Stewart: Gurney Halleck in Dune (SFL), Captain Jean Luc Picard in ST:TNG movies, Professor Charles Xavier in X-Men

Christopher Lee : Francisco Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun (SF Lit), Count Dooku in Star Wars: Episode II (OM), Saruman in LOTR (FL).

Lee would also win one for his horror movie work for playing The Creature in Curse of Frankenstein (1957) (SF/Gothic Horror L), Dracula in Horror of Dracula 1958 (GHL), and Kharis the Mummy in The Mummy 1959 (OM)

Peter Cushing gets his for playing Victor Frankenstein in The Curse of Frankenstein (GH/SFL)(1957), Dr. Who in Dalek’s Invasion Earth 2150 AD (SF from TV), Gran Moff Tarkin in Star Wars: Episode IV (OM).

Vincent Price gets one for playing Professor Henry Jerrod in House of Wax (Horror Play), Dr. Robert Morgan in The Last Man on Earth (adaptation of I am Legend), and Roderick Usher in House of Usher (HL).

I’m fairly certain that a law was passed saying that either Lee, Cushing, or Price had to be offered a role in any horror movie made between 1957 and 1972.

What about women?

Sigourney Weaver: Ripley in Alien (SFL), Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters (OM), and either Gwen Demarco in Galaxy Quest (OM) or Dr. Grace Augustine in Avatar (OM) Personally, I prefer the former.

Natalie Portman: Queen Amidala/Panda Bear in Star Wars Episode I: George Lucas needs money, Evey in V for Vendetta (SFCB), Jane Foster in Thor (CB). Yes, I know that gives Portman two from comic books. However, comic books like other literature is divided into categories. If it’s superheroes it’s generally fantasy. If its dystopian it’s sci-fi.

So who else has pulled off a Trifecta?

  1. September 3, 2011 at 1:01 AM

    Malcom McDowell–A Clockwork Orange, Star Trek TNG Movie, Time After Time (H.G. Wells)

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