Whenever Joe Pesci is cast in a movie as a mobster we accept it. Whenever a new Steven Seagal movie comes out direct-to-video we know he will be out for vengeance. For Lindsay Lohan, we expect a Razzie level performance. We know what to expect with many entertainers. However some stick around long enough or make it big after a career working on a project far different from what they are better known for. These are five people in the entertainment industry who took on a role you may not have believed.
M. Night Shyamalan Co-Wrote ‘Stuart Little’
In a twist he couldn’t even come up with, writer/director M. Night Shyamalan co-wrote the 1999 film ‘Stuart Little’ about an adorable little mouse that wears clothing. Oddly enough, the film came out only a few months after his biggest hit, ‘The Sixth Sense.’ Shyamalan was not yet a popular name though so there was no reason for people to be turned off by the idea of him writing a children’s movie. Unlike Mel Brooks who used a pseudonym when he helped write ‘The Elephant Man,’ Shyalaman took whatever credit he could in the screenplay writing process for this film.
Joss Whedon Co-Wrote ‘Toy Story’
It’s hard to classify a genre for Joss Whedon as he has never been one to stick with one format. The creator of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’ Whedon has always had a bit of a dark sense of humor with a science fiction twist in mostly everything he has done. While many of his projects are recognizable his greatest change came when he helped co-write ‘Toy Story.’ The man who is now responsible for many of the biggest superhero blockbuster films is the one we should also thank for helping to change the way children’s movies are presented.
New York Dolls Lead Singer David Johansen Sang “Hot Hot Hot”
David Johansen may not be a household name. His band, The New York Dolls, may not even be a band too many people are familiar with. They were big innovators of punk music in the 1970s and frequent performers at the famous CBGB venue in New York City. All of the success he had with the New York Dolls, Johansen’s biggest hit from his solo career is what he might be best known for. Under the name Buster Poindexter, Johansen released the popular song “Hot Hot Hot” which can be heard on just about any cruise line or other place desperate for creating a feel-good environment. The bane of Johansen’s existence, it’s hard to believe a man who helped invent such an in-your-face style of music could be the one to blame for such an annoying pop song.
J.K Simmons and Billy West, The M&Ms
Fans of the television show ‘Oz’ know J.K. Simmons as the evil Aryan leader Vern Schillinger. Others may know him from less intimidating roles, either as an actor or simply lending his voice to the role. One place you have undoubtedly experienced Simmons is through the M&M commercials where he voices the Yellow M&M. As for the Red M&M, he is voiced by Billy West. You will recognize West’s voice as Doug from the television show ‘Doug,’ Fry from ‘Futurama,’ Bugs Bunny from ‘Space Jam,’ and many others.
Mandy Patinkin’s Two Biggest Roles
The dashing Spaniard Inigo Montoya stole some hearts and found vengeances. against the six-fingered man in ‘The Princess Bride’ back in 1987. Now that same actor, Mandy Patinkin, stars on the Showtime series ‘Homeland’ in a far more different role as Saul. A big change from a young swordsman to an older CIA Agent, Patinkin has managed to take on a whole new role for the present generation to appreciation. In between these two roles he also made an appearance on ‘The Simpsons’ as Lisa Simpson’s future husband from England, Hugh.