Monday, March 9, 2009

MMFATA: Skeet Ulrich...

Back in 1996, when Scream was the sh*t, my friends couldn't shut up about the new "it" hottie of the moment, the dark, brooding boyfriend who had chiseled cheekbones and slightly crooked teeth (it all added to his character and made him all the more "real," which made him all the more desirable among my particular group!). This guy, who everyone was comparing to Johnny Depp, was Skeet Ulrich-- and when his role turned from sensitive boyfriend to deranged psychopath, it was apparent this guy had some serious chops. He was around to stay! Now, it's more than a decade later, and my group of friends has changed drastically, but the common thread appears to still be one Skeet Ulrich.
Why My Friends Are Talking About Him: Ulrich's last project, the CBS terrorist drama Jericho, became such a fan favorite that when it was threatened with cancellation at the end of its first season, the network got flooded with packages of peanuts (though none of my friends could really tell me why peanuts specifically). It worked, though only for a little while. The CW now airs reruns of the show, which is a true "give the people what they want" testament; normally a show has to hit one hundred episodes before getting the honor of syndication. Ulrich has spoken out about his less than stellar experience on Jericho, though, so now that rumors of a film version have been floating around the "interwebs," the question of whether or not he'll sign on is at the forefront of every fan's mind. As the center of the show, there really can't be a movie without him, and if he holds out, my friends will still be talking about him-- though this time using some choice expletives!

5 comments:

curlybean said...

I, too, love Skeet Ulrich and everything he has ever done. He is a brilliant actor and a truly good person.

The whole thing with the nuts stems from the Season One finale. When Jericho was facing a battle against their neighbor town, New Bern's leader told Jake (and Jericho) to surrender because they were outmanned and outgunned. Jakes reply to Constantino was "Nuts!" In an earlier episode, Jake and his grandfather told a story about an American officer in WWII who, when surrounded by German forces and told to surrender, gave the same reply, which translates to "Go to hell." Hence, the nuts.

I'm not sure what you are referring to when you said that Skeet spoke out about some experiences with filming Jericho. I've only ever heard him say positive things, and I hope that if we do get a movie, he will return.

Thanks for listening

danielletbd said...

Oh, I just assumed the fans thought CBS was "nuts" for canceling it-- in which case, it could have been any kind of nut. Lol. Yours makes much more sense! Thanks for clarifying! Skeet has two features coming out soon, so even if there's no Jericho movie, there will be lots to look forward to from him!!

cbsplaysdirty said...

I love Skeet Ulrich -- such a great actor and handsome too. I love his understated acting style, so mature. So many actors today run around the screen screaming at the other actors trying to steal scenes, whereas Skeet blends in with the other characters, not trying to be the 'star'. Love him.

He has always been VERY positive about Jericho, especially working with the cast and crew who he refers to as 'family'. He was deeply touched by the fans outpouring of support and very appreciative and even posted a thank-you to the fans on the CBS Jericho forum.

I love him, but only want him to sign on to the film version of Jericho if the script is incredible. If it is a B quality movie, then I want him and the cast to pass. He deserves A-list material and should not feel pressured or guilted into accepting anything less. I think he gave a LOT to the fans of Jericho over the past few years. I heard that he had to pass up a movie role to film the second season of Jericho the fans had fought to bring back. So, he has already done his part.

danielletbd said...

Totally agree, CBSplaysdirty! That's why I wanted to profile him. He is a brillant actor and a down to Earth guy in general. And I think it only makes him more credible if he does hold out from a Jericho film if the script isn't great (we've seen far too many of those tv-turned-movies that feel rushed just to capitalize on the success of the small screen version before the fans move onto something else-- *cough, Sex and the City, cough*).

WebMaster said...

Hi,

I was curious to see what article(s) you were referring to in which Skeet has spoken out about his experience on the show. I thought I'd read them all. Did you mean spoken out in a negative way?

Please post any links you may have.
I'd sure appreciate it.

Thanks!