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So I found out that my beloved Max Martini (whom [personal profile] joatamon rightly identifies as "you beautiful singularity of hoyay you" because he is truly in that pantheon of actors who seem to have massive hoyay chemistry with whatever guy he's working with) is going to be in the season premiere of Person of Interest. I've tried to watch POI now for two years, but for whatever reason, it just doesn't take for me. Everyone I know is massively into it, but...it's very meh for me, and I don't know why. Admittedly I didn't see the first couple eps so the worldbuilding is lost on me, and I have creep-factor issues with the two lead actors. I even watched the second season gag reel so I could see things in a different light. Still not interested.

But I keep watching so that I'll have at least some frame of reference. I was completely confused by the second season most of the time, especially when I tuned in and there was a whole episode about Sarah Shahi, which should have been great because Sarah Shahi, but just sort of pissed me off since I didn't know what the fuck was going on. I never do when I watch it. On one hand it's a cheesy CBS procedural, on the other it's...I don't know. Skynet becoming sentient? Or something?

Max has a 98% chance of playing the bad guy. I had figured his apparent life goal of "guest star on every television series since 2005" might take a back seat due to his high-profile roles in Pacific Rim and Captain Phillips (which I canNOT wait to see; every time I watch a commercial or trailer and hear his smoky-whiskey-tinged voice going "Captain Phillips, can you hear me?" funny things happen in my lower belly), but it's nice to see he's still doing small screen stuff. The problem is, as I mentioned, he's ALWAYS a bad guy except the 2% of the time when he gets to play someone cool, like Billy Cooper in Numb3rs. He's almost always a law-enforcment officer or a military-type person -- I think because he does have a true military bearing and conveys command presence more than most actors. He's an outstanding gun actor, too, and that often comes across really well. If I understand correctly, his mom was either a cop or a private detective, and he learned weapons handling early, so I'm sure that helps.

But it breaks my heart that he's almost always a corrupt or psycho LEO or military guy. Castle, Hawaii Five-0, the various flavors of CSI, you name it, Burn Notice, Dark Blue, he's a bad guy. I imagine that was to some degree why he was so popular in Numb3rs -- not only did he and Don Eppes give off massive, massive "they're boffing" vibes, but he was a good guy and so didn't get killed off in the end by Our Heroes, and you could imagine him and Don riding off into the sunset together to boink each others' brains out. And apparently he's playing a naval officer in POI? The worst was on Criminal Minds, where he played a vet with PTSD issues who has a mental break after an accident and goes on a killing rampage, including killing his own parents because he thinks they're impostors. He had a terrible beard that hid his pretty ginger face and he was just so very psycho. I still haven't watched his episodes of Lie to Me, though, so I don't know if that breaks with the pattern and screws with my percentages. (And theatrical movies are really different, he's been a good guy in a lot of things, though TV movies are a different ballgame, too.)

I'd love it if I'm wrong and he's not a bad guy. But the percentages aren't with me. I was so very surprised when he turned out to be a good guy, and not get killed, in Pacific Rim. I spent the entire movie saying to my friend, "He's going to die now. He's going to die, I can't watch." He starred in The Unit for four years, and I never did figure out what they were trying to do with his character -- they made him really sweet and loving, but they also did this weird "maybe he hit his wife once/maybe he didn't/his wife is a disaster area who does terrible things to him/what the fuck is going on here" thing that I have like a whole essay in me about but since no one I know watched the show, it's kind of pointless to write (I really hate David Mamet, you know?).

Anyways, I'll be watching the season premiere of POI through my fingers, I'm sure.

I'm getting a lot better in the cat-bite department, but the antibiotics are giving me migraines, which is...really bad. Imitrex does incredibly weird things to me, so I don't like taking it, but thank god I've had it, some of these have been really debilitating. I thought at first it was due to dehydration, but I don't believe that now. I'm not sure what the trigger is.


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Sep. 18th, 2013 09:08 pm (UTC)
I never saw The Unit, so Pacific Rim was the first time I saw Max Martini play a good guy. I saw him on screen and went, "oh! That's the hot stubbly dude who's always playing a law-enforcement or an ex-military specialist GONE BAD in all those procedurals!" Huh, I didn't know he was going to be in Person of Interest season premiere. I'm with you -- the chance of him not playing the villain-of-the-week is pretty low. Maybe they'll surprise us.
Sep. 20th, 2013 07:51 pm (UTC)
Ah ha ha "hot stubbly dude" FTW. Yeah, and it totally sounds like he's someone from Reese's past, which ups the chance even more that he'll be bad. Though it's hard to tell for sure from the TiVo descriptions if that's really the case or not. He could just be a random guy, though if he knew Reese before, that would increase the hoyay odds.
Sep. 18th, 2013 11:14 pm (UTC)
Some actors just get so badly type-cast, it is upsetting. The guy in my icon played the hero in this one series so well, but never got another role like it. He kept getting roles as psychopathic assassins etc.
Sep. 20th, 2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
I often wonder what that does to the actors? Like, do they get depressed, or are they just happy to have the work?
Sep. 20th, 2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
I have it from various sources close to this particular actor, Michael Gothard, that he didn't like the way he was typecast, but did need the work, so took some pretty awful roles in later life, after starring alongside Oliver Reed, Michael Caine and other greats in his earlier career. But he wasn't prepared to schmooze to get the parts.
Sep. 19th, 2013 02:06 am (UTC)
Really, he'll be in PoI? I stuck it out 8 episodes before deciding it wasn't for me (cause I too have the creep factor with those two!) but MAX!!!! I hearts him soo so much. I passed by his criminal minds ep the other day (don't know why since I don't watch TV much, perhaps I wasn't home?) and knew right away he'd do something...criminal. SIGH.
Sep. 20th, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I keep a check on his upcoming shows and I was kind of half excited, half dreading it. I'm sure there will be hoyay with Reese.

The Criminal Minds episode is weird. He's basically almost robotic for the first half, and pretty terrifying (the beard kind of amplifies the whole thing). But then you become kind of sympathetic to him, even though he's murdered dozens of people by then, including his own parents UGH, and he shaves off the beard and you sort of...feel bad for him. Even the team feels bad for him, and he's holding them at gunpoint. I felt like I needed a shower with a wire brush after that one, and the Dark Blue episode. Man, if I were his wife, I'd have made him sleep in some other part of the house for a long time afterward. Creeeeeeepy.

I just want him to be a good guy 'cause he so pretty.
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Sep. 20th, 2013 07:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm keeping my fingers crossed, but not holding my breath!
Sep. 20th, 2013 11:43 pm (UTC)
I'm just applauding the fact that this post is 794 words on the wonderous Max Martini, quite apart from being awesome in itself \o/ (Pls pls write the thing on The Unit because yes).

I didn't know he was going to be in POI so a) thanks for the heads up! b) Imma need to watch that now c) I hope this doesn't mean no hot!dad Hansen in PR2...?
Sep. 24th, 2013 04:19 am (UTC)
You know, it's awful that given the chance to talk about him, I could go on FOR HOURS. I've felt so alone in my love for him for so long, and I'm so glad there's this whole new interest in him after Pacific Rim.

He better fucking well be in PR2 or I am not going!!!!

OMG tonight I watched an episode of The Unit that I had completely purged from my brain. He did a terrible Aussie accent! Oh, the difference a good dialect coach can make.
Sep. 24th, 2013 05:59 pm (UTC)
They did horrible, horrible things to him in the wardrobe department as well in The Unit, although at least he got to wear the biker t-shirts a lot. I 100% approved of those *g*

And yay for increased interest in Max Martini. I feel this also about Richard Armitage, thanks to The Hobbit. Hot dad types for one and all!
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