As previously reported here, I watch a lot of movies. Never more so than when I am sick. So, tonight, while curled up on my couch feeling sorry for myself and taking care of this damned bug I’ve caught, I decided it should be movie night. Selections for this evening are Reservation Road and Flags of Our Fathers. Now, normally, my movie choices aren’t so random when I watch multiple films in a sitting. These, however, are the selections I received from Zip.ca, so these are the films I’m watching.
I was, however, pleasantly surprised to find a connection between these movies. Both feature John Slattery, most famous for his roles as Roger Sterling on Mad Men and as Victor on Desperate Housewives. I’m pretty sure that both films pre-date the two series, but not so much so that the roles in these films would have had much to do with him getting the others. (Well, maybe they helped him get the Desperate Housewives gig. I don’t watch the show, so I don’t know if his presence is stunt casting, much like I believe any series is doing when they hire Kyle Maclachlan.) Still, for an actor in late-40s (and one who looks older due to his prematurely grey hair), it seems a sudden flood of work.
Of course, like all actors, a quick look at his IMDB page (linked above) shows that he has worked consistently in movies and television since 1988. I guess I just always find it interesting how and when an actor emerges into the public consciousness. John Slattery has much going for him - talent and good looks being the most helpful in his line of work. That it has all come together for him as he approaches 50 seems surprisingly late. Still, better late then never, I guess.