I’d like to tell you all a little bit about the magnificent paintings of cinematic classics you’re about to see but unfortunately, I know almost nothing.
Here’s what I do know: The artist seems to be called Massimo Carnevale and…that’s it!
All my life, I’ve admired winos and derelicts.
In the mid to late 1980′s, my Mum was a barmaid and we lived right behind the bar she worked in and as you can imagine, I knew a lot of degenerates, drunks and bums.
Hell, some of them are still alive.
I’d always see these guys cutting about on the waste ground beside my house when I was growing up. Big guys in dirty army jackets, swigging from green and brown bottles with long hair and beards.
I’d think to myself: “That’s what I want to be.”
Here I am years later and quite frankly, I sometimes feel disappointed with myself because I didn’t become a complete bum. I came close a couple of times but not close enough. Just because you’re a functioning wino, it doesn’t make you a real derelict.
- A rambling old yarn spinning crazy mad man!
That’s what I’m always aspiring to.
Does that name ring a bell?
Stan Yale played the degenerate wino at the beginning of “The Terminator” who says to Kyle Reese:
“Hey buddy, did you just see a real bright light?”.
Look at him. He stopped caring a long time ago.
Look at that expression on his face.
It says: “I’m a hopeless jaikey fuck-up and I fucked my entire life up but hey, I’m out of my tree on brown paper bag wine so…every cloud!”
Of course, the expression on his face also says: “Hey buddy, did you just see a real bright light?”
Stan Yale’s wino in “The Terminator” is probably my favourite cinematic portrayal of a drunken degenerate because that’s EXACTLY the kinds of guys I saw when I was growing up in the 1980′s.
Since he played the part so convincingly, I decided to look up Stan Yale on the IMDB and Jesus Christ, did I get a surprise!
How about this for a resume!
2006. Homeless Man. ” My Name Is Earl” (TV Series).
2002. Gus. “Judging Amy” (TV Series).
2002. Homeless Man. “Nikki”. (TV Series).
2001. Homeless Man/Squeegee Guy. “Black Scorpion” (TV Series).
1999. Homeless Guy. “The Pretender” (TV Series).
1999. Stinky’s Friend. “Sabrina The Teenage Witch” (TV Series).
1997. Bearded Man. “Living In Peril”.
1996. Bearded Man. “Persons Unknown”.
1994. Homeless Man. “The Force” (Video).
1994. Homeless Man. “Save Me”.
1993. Bum. “Monolith”.
1992. Alley Bum. “Trancers III”.
1991. Homeless Man. “Dragnet” (TV Series).
1990. Wino #1. “Watchers II”.
1989. Bum. “Matlock” (TV Series).
1987. Bum. “Moonlighting” (TV Series).
1987. White Wino. “Terminal Exposure”.
1987. Bum. “P.I. Private Investigations”.
1984. Derelict. “The Terminator”.
The guy is a professional tramp!
Almost nobody is talking about this man on the IMDB forums but I did find one post which stood out:
“This wonderful Gentleman is my Uncle and yes he played the “Bum” or “Homeless man” roles a lot. He also played a pirate in HOOK. I love to hear him talk about the differant movies, shows, and Soap Opera’s he’s been in and about the many actors he worked with.”
So there you go.
Despite the film breaking records at the Razzie Awards for worst everything and despite the fact that Adam Sandler plays TWO annoying characters in it, Anna and I sat through “Jack And Jill” yesterday.
…And we almost made it to the end but it was just too painful. I tried to tell myself that “Al Pacino is AL PACINO and who the hell am I to question his choice of movie roles?” but folks, after a while, watching this film began to hurt.
Like I say, we almost made it to the end of the film but there came a point where we HAD to switch it off.
When Anna got up and announced that she had decided to leave me for a man with decent taste in movies, I thought to myself “What the hell, I wonder how that film actually ended?”
“Jack And Jill” ends with this scene and I know it’s supposed to be funny but…
Cast your mind back to the 1980′s.
Did you ever rent a VHS tape from the top shelf of the video shop solely because of the artwork on the front cover and in the process, discover a classic? Maybe you’re familiar with the work of graphic designer Grahman Humphreys?
He’s responsible for these amazing movie posters:
Humpreys is probably best known for his artwork on “The Evil Dead” VHS covers and the posters but he has done a lot more since then. I look at his work and I feel the want to sit him down and get him to tell me EVERYTHING behind his involvement in such classic flicks. The how, when and why.
Luckily for you and me, there is a fascinating interview with Graham Humphreys on the poster archive site ‘Film On Paper‘ and you can find it by clicking right HERE. It really is a great interview by someone who really cares and I enjoyed reading it.
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