It was a lot like the time I had ordered David Bowie’s latest album online, then the next day we all were informed that he had died. I was watching Star Trek on MeTV and Chekov (Walter Koenig) could be heard over the ship’s intercom system. I then thought of Anton Yelchin and how he took the part and made it his own. I had thought of Mr. Yelchin the day before they told us all that he had died. Both these times it was like a kick in the stomach.
I didn’t just think about this young man’s take on a classic science fiction character. No. I thought about how good of an actor in general he was. And, how likable of an actor he was. (Was? Wow; it’s going to get hard to get used to that). I’ve liked Mr. Yelchin’s work for a number of years before his entrance into the Star Trek universe. It really was his likability that sealed the deal with me. He came off as approachable and down to Earth with his characters. A nice guy actor like Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, or, even James Steward. And, the acting chops to boot. By all the accounts that are coming out from people that knew him, that worked with him, who loved him, he was very much the nice guy that he came off as on screen.
Based on Imdb there are five more of his films coming out, including the new Star Trek film. Five more times we as fans can catch this talented actor perform for us. He will be missed. But, it’s important to remember, no matter how much we fans will miss him, his friends and family will miss him so very much more. Respect.
To keep this post topic regarding the theme of this blog here’s a list of genre related titles for you to revisit.
The Smurfs (voice: Clumsy) This includes the sequel,a couple shorts, and video games
Fright Night (a remake that doesn’t suck)
Only Lovers Left Behind
Burying the Ex
And, even though it’s arguably a crime thriller, Green Room has as many frightening sequences as any horror would want to have.
–Charles T. Cochran