Friday, September 28, 2007

What Would Buster Do?

So, I've been watching "Arrested Development" lately.

This is not a show I want my little sister to watch for at least the next five years.

But it's funny and it makes obscure references, so by enjoying it, I feel like I'm a part of something complex and nerdy with catchphrases.

The show, created about the time of Enron and all those corporate scandals, is about a family experiencing the consequences of criminal activity in the family company.

The youngest son in the family is Buster, a "special," slow innocent with a clear Oedipal complex. Just to give you an idea of the humor in the show, Buster has a relationship with his mother Lucille's social rival, Lucille 2 (played by none other than Liza Minelli, who I adore), gets his hand bitten off by a seal with a yellow bow tie, who had been conditioned to like blood by Buster's older brother, GOB, and joins the army.

Buster is played by Tony Hale. I came across this quote about Tony Hale:

Tony Hale is a devout Christian and is a complete retard when it comes to swearing. The script called for him to swear for about 30 seconds and he just couldn't do it. --Jason Bateman, the star of the series

Buster the character does occasionally go on spastic cussing rants which look like this:

Narrator: [Michael and Buster are putting on biking gear] Michael decides to fill the void left by his son with his brother.
Michael: You know, I'm in pretty good shape. You could be eating my dust out there!
Narrator: And Buster was giving as good as he received.
Buster: Yeah, and you could be
Buster: that's gonna
Buster: !
Michael: [stunned] Well, let's hope it doesn't come to that.

But you never see his mouth during the bleeps.

I think it's interesting... what actors do about things they're morally opposed to doing offstage or offscreen. When you play a part, it's not you. So it's ok to cuss, even if you don't normally? I know people who think so.

My view has generally been--search your heart, seek God and see what He would have you do.

Because it might be different than what you'd expect.

My family drove to see me today and we briefly listened to a Steve Taylor tape that included "I Want to be a Clone."

I'm pretty sick of clones, of doing what's expected because it's what other people do.

You should learn the song, I'd put it among Steve Taylor's top 5. Ever.

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