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May 26, 2005

Bud Cort Q&A

I'm a sucker for quirky character actors and the great Bud Cort ranks mighty high among that milieu. Fellow DVD Talker Chris Tribbey filed a fun interview with Wes Anderson's "Bond Company Stooge" that reveals the Life Aquatic star is as spunky as ever.

Bet Mr. Cort would've winced if quizzed about this CineSchlock-O-Rama's Most Wanted title ...

BATES MOTEL (1987): Norman Bates meets Mr. Roarke in this feature-length TV pilot. At the funny farm, Bates realizes that a boy's best friend ISN'T his mother, instead it's a junior dingbat who starched his abusive dry-cleaner pop into Stiffsville. When Norman croaks, he wills the Bates to this wacko ward (doe-eyed Bud Cort) with instructions to reopen the motel as a MURDER-FREE haven for troubled travelers, never dreaming the kid would redecorate in a tacky Southwestern motif. Townsfolk and one infamously cranky biddy are naturally down on the squirrely fella's plans, especially as he incessantly squeaks about his good ol' buddy Norm. Spastic newcomer Lori Petty arrives in a chicken suit, but spends the flick's most awkward scene in a certain man-child's bed. While TV heartthrob Jason Bateman shows just in time for the stupefying final reel when friendly spooks try cheering up a suicidal lodger.

Posted by G. Noel Gross at May 26, 2005 11:06 AM

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