Thursday, March 24, 2016

RIP Garry Shandling


Whispering "Hail Hydra" in people's ears will never be the same again.

Actor and comedian Garry Shandling has passed away today. I never heard a single bit of his comedic routines. I know he had a television show that lasted from 1986 to 1990. I never once caught the show. I vaguely remember Shandling from "Dr. Doolittle" and "Over The Hedge." Sadly, I feel bad for saying this, but the biggest thing I know Shandling from was his work for Marvel.

When I was first introduced to Shandling, I was sitting in a theater in 2010 watching "Iron Man 2." Yes, that probably says something about me and my age. But as I sat in the theater, I was drawn to Shandling's Senator Stern. Shandling came off as a guy who could play an asshole just right. He also had a dry wit to him that I found memorable. He was only in two quick scenes in that movie, but he certainly stuck out in the movie. I was not surprised at all when I got home and found out that he was a comedian for a long time and lots of comedy work to his name. When I heard that Senator Stern was returning for "Captain America: Winter Soldier." I was interested right away. This guy had a very quick couple of scenes in "Iron Man 2," but perhaps he will play somebody that is against superheroes, since was such a thorn in Stark's side. Little did I know, right? Once again, Shandling's appearance was brief in "Winter Soldier," but his one scene lead to one of the most imitated lines to come out of that movie. That has to count for something.

I feel bad that I don't know more about Shandling, but his brief moments in these big pop culture films is reason enough to salute the guy. I feel motivated to track his other stuff down now and see if I like it. I will be open to recommendations. 

Hail Hydra, Mr. Shandling, I hope you are making all the angels in heaven laugh.

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