If you haven’t seen Louis CK’s new show, Louie, on FX, you really should. It’s a very nice, human show. It’s funny, but is also grounded in a very real emotional place. I have seen other people describe it better than I on the Internet, so that’s all you’ll get from me. Don’t try to wheedle any more out of me. I’ll cut ya!
Anyways, I was watching Louie last week, and in that particular episode he uses some framing scenes with a low-key but slightly disturbing therapist. You never get a close shot of the guy, but it looked kind of like David Patrick Kelly. Well, it looked a little tall for DPK, but it looked like him. A tall version of him. Of DPK. Okay, onward.
I checked the credits and didn’t see DPK’s name, so I figured it wasn’t him. I watched the show again, and decided, well, to be sure, better check out the IMDB, the font of all verified and truthful knowledge about movies and television. Sure enough, it *was* DPK playing the therapist. Hurray! I was very happy it was him.
About five minutes ago, I found this interview with Louis CK where he talks about DPK.
Interviewer: First a little quick thing. I want to make sure that that was David Patrick Kelly playing the shrink, but that’s not my real question. My real question is, looking at the pilot and then the first episode that follows it, there’s quite a bit of a difference between them that I kind of want to see, what evolved between the making of the pilot and that first episode? Which, they’re all fantastic. I mean, as somebody who has seen you live many, many times, it was amazing to see that captured, both the live stuff and then just your personality that comes through a lot of your work. What evolution took place between the pilot and then that first episode?
Louis C.K.: It’s a good question. First of all, it is David Patrick Kelly, who I love from Warriors and 48 Hours and Dreamscape. He’s an actor I always connected with. We did an audition for that therapist part and a lot of people did a really corny, kind of beard stroking Freudian therapists, and he just did this really wild, really freaky character and it made me laugh the instant I saw the audition, so he came in. We only had one scene planned for the therapist, and as we started shooting it, he was just so funny I started throwing things at him, saying, “Try saying this,” and he would do it and it was perfect. So I think we have about eight therapist segments. I’m not done editing all the shows yet so I don’t know if I’m going to use them all in this season. I think we’ve used about four.
Interviewer: It was a huge victory seeing him.
Louis C.K.: He’s so great. He’s another example. There’s actors that you love, that you’ve seen in great movies, and they’re just living in New York City, and they’re so happy to work. And it’s so much a better process to just call New York actors and pay them just a … check to come in and really work hard for a day.
Watch Louie on Hulu (DPK’s episode is #4 — should be uploaded some time within the week)
My attention has been diverted a little lately, but not enough to ignore the new holiday I created.
For those who have already adopted an actor, please dedicate a post today to them. It can be a videoclip, description of a favorite performance, maybe just a picture. It’s up to you to decide.
And for you thespian empty-nesters out there, please consider adopting an actor. All that is required is announcing your intent to adopt on your blog, and letting me know about it. You may want to check the adoption roster to make sure your actor has not already been adopted.
Who is my adopted actor, you ask?
Why it’s none other than the wonderful David Patrick Kelly.
I’ll use my Adopt-An-Actor Day post to run down his career in films and television.
When I started the Adopt-An-Actor program, I said that I didn’t expect an adoptive parent to see every single thing their adoptee had been in. You’ll see that I haven’t seen a lot of DPK’s work, but my support and affection for him is nevertheless genuine and unwavering.
The Warriors (1979)
Ooh, mama. What an awesome performance. He was the best part of the movie, by far.
Sanctuary of Fear (1979) (TV) (uncredited)
Didn’t see it.
American Playhouse – Working (1982) (TV)
Didn’t see it. Apparently, a musical adaptation of the Studs Terkel book. Sounds interesting.
Didn’t see it.
48 Hrs. (1982)
He was great as Luther. He was so angry and abusive towards Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte, but then in his final scenes you see he’s very distraught about his girlfriend being taken hostage. He didn’t have a lot of screentime, but he came across with a strong character.
I haven’t seen this movie in a long time. My guess is that it hasn’t aged well, but I loved it when it was playing non-stop on pay TV. DPK was scary and cool. He had some creaky dialogue that he had to deliver, but in his hands it sounded good. He had a nice moment giving a little monologue on a dream subway, swinging nunchucks, ending with “In this world, Alex, you’re nothing. And me, I’m God.” Just as in 48 Hours, what starts as an aggressive, unsympathetic character becomes a little tragic near the end.
Tales from the Darkside (1984) (TV)
I saw at least part of this, though my memory of it has faded. DPK is the star of the episode, and I think he plays a man who slowly loses his identity, and winks out of existence at the end. I guess it’s appropriate I can’t remember it.
Miami Vice (1985) (TV)
Didn’t watch this show.
Oh, Sully. Yet another great performance. There was really no redeeming traits in this character. It’s hard to be poignant when you’re hanging upside-down, held by the pantleg by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Moonlighting (1985) (TV)
I sort of remember seeing this. I believe that the episode DPK was in sort-of went crazy at the end, where they sort of broke down the fourth wall and we saw Moonlighting behind-the-scenes, or some such thing. I recall DPK being the heavy, and Whoopi Goldberg was in it too. I think the final shot of DPK and Whoopi had them smiling as they were walking out, then it abruptly changed to