Dec 6, 2008

"His name is Robert Paulson"

I think I've seen Fight Club or The Rocky Horror Picture Show one too many times. One of the lines that Rocky Horror audience members sometimes shout out when Meat Loaf's character dies is "His name is Robert Paulson. His name is Robert Paulson." (Meat Loaf's big movie role was in Rocky Horror, then he was Bob in Fight Club, very clever, right...)

So during the most recent CSI episode when I saw Holt McCallany, who played The Mechanic in Fight Club, I felt this urge to start chanting "His name is Robert Paulson. His name is Robert Paulson" at the TV. I was impressed with myself for recognizing this particular actor from Fight Club, since he's a very minor character in that movie. The main thing he does is get everyone chanting "His name is Robert Paulson" after Bob dies.



Here's the whole glorious dialogue (borrowed from IMSDb):

MECHANIC
They shot Bob... they shot him in the head. Those fuckers...

ANOTHER SPACE MONKEY
We gotta do something.

RICKY
We got to get rid of the evidence. We have to get rid of this body.

ANGEL FACE
Bury him...

Jack looks around in disbelief.

JACK
What... ?

ANGEL FACE
The garden. Take him there. Move, people. Let's do this!

Several Space Monkeys gather around Bob's body.

JACK
No... !

Space Monkeys stop. Jack gets between them and Bob, SHOVES a few Space Monkeys back...

JACK
Get your hands off him! Get off...! What the hell do you think you're doing... ? Evidence?! This is a man... ! You killed him!

ANGEL FACE
He was killed in action.

JACK
No! Look at you! You're... you're running around in ski masks, exploding things...

ANGEL FACE
He was killed serving Project Mayhem.

RICKY
It's what he would have wanted, sir.

JACK
What he wanted? Look... look at him. Look at him! What does he want? (wipes tears, points at Bob) This is a person. This is not a cog in your machine...

RICKY
But, this is Project Mayhem.

JACK
No, no. This is a man -- this man has a name...

RICKY
But, in Project Mayhem, we have no names.

JACK
No! Wrong! This man's name is Robert Paulson.

RICKY
Robert Paulson?

JACK
Robert Paulson is dead. He's dead, because of you...

MECHANIC
I understand.

Everyone just stares at Jack.

MECHANIC
In death, a member of Project Mayhem has a name.

JACK
No -- !

MECHANIC
His name is Robert Paulson.

RICKY
His name is Robert Paulson!

JACK
No!

ALL SPACE MONKEYS
His name is Robert Paulson!

JACK
Stop that -- !

ALL SPACE MONKEYS
(louder) His name is Robert Paulson! His name is Robert Paulson...

Jack backs away, surrounded, PUSHES his way out of the room.

CSI is a great show for catching glimpses of actors that have played small parts in the past and others that have fallen into semi-obscurity. Another good example is episode four of this most recent season, where they had the actor that played Smith Jerrod on Sex and the City cast as a night club owner that gets whacked in the end by a Columbian drug lord.

It's curious how the guests on CSI contrast with those on 30 Rock. CSI gets minor actors like Smith Jerrod and The Mechanic from Fight Club. 30 Rock gets people like Jerry Seinfeld, Oprah, Al Gore, and Jennifer Aniston. I like both of these shows a lot, but as far as guest spots go, I like the CSI approach since the actors they get aren't so big as to be distract from the overall storyline.

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