9.12.2008

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

An Aside
Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser) was in a made-for-TV movie that was filmed in Santa Cruz in the late 80's. He played a teen-ager who got in a car accident and had amnesia, or something. My best friend at the time, Stacy, went with her boyfriend to the open casting audition at the Dream Inn. She wasn't auditioning, just biding time, waiting around, when the director noticed her and had her read for a role. In the end she got the part of Doogie's girlfriend, with a few lines and a couple close-ups. Apparently, he asked her out, off camera. She declined.
I always have a little warm place in my heart for ole' Neil, because of this, him a movie star and still getting turned down by girls. Sort of an under-dog thing. And now he's gay. I'm not quite sure where I'm gong with that. Anyway, in Dr. Horrible, he plays the singing evil villain underdog with such finesse. I loved it. We don't get much in the way of teevee up here in the woods, so this was fine viewing fun.

(Thank you, Heidi, for posting this on a paper elephant. It made my night.)

7 comments:

Jonathan Assink said...

Dr Horrible is fantastic. I have to admit I have a soft spot for musicals and the nerd factor of this one puts it over the top as one of my favs. I spent several days humming the songs around the office.

rosa said...

I can relate about having a musicals soft spot. It might be all the indoctrination as a child-lotsa Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly & jazz hands.

Anonymous said...

Oh, thank you for sharing that, Rosa. Seriously, that was the most fun I have seen in a long time. I noticed it was by the director/producer--Joss Whellan?--of the ill-fated but really good TV show, I think it was called Firefly? that was a western set in outer space. The hero of the show was the same guy who played Captain Hammer, so it was fun to see him lose his serious gunslinger mode and sing "a man's got to do what a man's got to do." that show failed after one season, but had such a strong following that they wrapped up the series with a feature length film, called "Serenity." D and I borrowed the first season and movie from a friend, and thought it had some really good moments. Definitely very creative, and two of the main characters were an interracial happily married couple, which was refreshing to see on TV. She was the gorgeous second in command ass-kicker, he was the wimpy stay-on-ship pilot--kinda like me and D, now that I think about it. ; )

The only downside to this "Dr. Horrible" experience was singing, "With my freeze ray I would stop. . . the world" all day. But at least that got the previous songs out of my head: Schoolhouse Rock "I'm a Machine, You're a Machine" (different bosy systems) and "No More Kings."

Blessed

Anonymous said...

Oh, thank you for sharing that, Rosa. Seriously, that was the most fun I have seen in a long time. I noticed it was by the director/producer--Joss Whellan?--of the ill-fated but really good TV show, I think it was called Firefly? that was a western set in outer space. The hero of the show was the same guy who played Captain Hammer, so it was fun to see him lose his serious gunslinger mode and sing "a man's got to do what a man's got to do." that show failed after one season, but had such a strong following that they wrapped up the series with a feature length film, called "Serenity." D and I borrowed the first season and movie from a friend, and thought it had some really good moments. Definitely very creative, and two of the main characters were an interracial happily married couple, which was refreshing to see on TV. She was the gorgeous second in command ass-kicker, he was the wimpy stay-on-ship pilot--kinda like me and D, now that I think about it. ; )

The only downside to this "Dr. Horrible" experience was singing, "With my freeze ray I would stop. . . the world" all day. But at least that got the previous songs out of my head: Schoolhouse Rock "I'm a Machine, You're a Machine" (different bosy systems) and "No More Kings."

Blessed

Anonymous said...

Ok, I am doing something wrong--sorry for the recent double posts!

Jonathan Assink said...

yup, Firefly was the show. The worlds greatest Wild West Space Opera. Think equal parts Tombstone and Star Wars.

rosa said...

I def. ended up with the laundry scene song in my head for way too long. i'll have to check out Firefly, the two genres combined sound way compelling....

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