The Quick 10: 10 Long-in-the-Tooth "Teenagers"

You all know that I'm a big Glee fan. But I'm not delusional "“ I know that a lot of the actors in the show are nowhere close to being of high school age"¦ unless they've flunked many a grade (Cory Monteith and Mark Salling, who play Finn and Puck respectively, are both 27). They're definitely not the first cast to employ such tactics, though"¦ here are 10 other actors who have portrayed teens long after they actually graduated.

dash1. Stacey Dash, Clueless. Dash played Cher's best friend Dionne in this 1995 classic movie about privileged California teens. While co-stars Alicia Silverstone and Brittany Murphy were just 18 and 17 when the movie came out, Dash was 28. Another fun fact about Stacey Dash: her cousin is Damon Dash, the co-founder of Roc-A-Fella records and Rocawear.

2. Eric Christian Olsen, Fired Up!. Um. Yes, I have seen this movie. No, I don't care to discuss it"¦ other than to tell you that Olsen, who was playing a high schooler presumably between his junior and senior years, was 31 years old when the movie came out last year.

3. Judd Nelson, The Breakfast Club. Nelson was 26 when he played iconic bad boy John Bender in The Breakfast Club. In fact, only two of the actors were actually teenagers at the time the movie was filmed: Anthony Michael Hall, who was 17 when it came out, and Molly Ringwald, who was three days shy of her 17th birthday.

cameron4. Alan Ruck, Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Ruck was 29 when the movie was released on June 11, 1986, missing his 30th birthday by about three weeks. But really, Cameron seemed like he was well past his 18 years anyway, didn't he?
5. Robert Carradine, Revenge of the Nerds. When this cult movie came out in 1984, Mr. Carradine has just turned 30. His co-star, Anthony Edwards, was a little closer to his college days with just 22 years under his belt.
6. Danielle Harris, Halloween (2007) and Halloween II (2009). She was 30 when the Rob Zombie remake of this slasher flick came out a couple of years ago and 32 when the sequel came out last year. But you have to know her history to appreciate her role as 17-year-old Annie Brackett. Harris was in the fourth and fifth incarnations of the original Halloween series back in the late "˜80s when she was just 11 and 12 years old. It's a nice piece of stunt casting.

CARRIE7. Sissy Spacek, Carrie. Spacek was not quite 27 when Carrie came out in November 1976.
8. Regina Hall, Scary Movie. Known as cliché best friend/sidekick in the Scary Movie series, Regina was 29 when the first one came out in 2000.
9. Rachel True, The Craft. This was one of my favorite movies when I was in high school, but I never would have guessed that one of the main characters was 29!
10. Harrison Ford, American Graffiti. Can you believe Indy was already 31 when he played the annoying Bob Falfa in this 1973 film?

A few of others that may or may not surprise you:

  • James Dean was 24 when he played a 17-year-old in Rebel Without a Cause.
  • Elisabeth Shue was 24 when she played 17-year-old Chris Parker in Adventures in Babysitting.
  • Christine Taylor was 26 when she played Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in A Very Brady Sequel.
  • Rachel McAdams was 26 when Mean Girls was released.
  • Elvis was 23 when he played a troubled teen in 1958's King Creole.
  • Do any other outrageous examples come to mind?

    10 Sweet Facts About Candy Canes

    The sweet and striped shepherd’s hooks can be found just about everywhere during the holiday season. It's time you learned a thing or two (or 10) about them.


    While the origins of the candy cane are a bit murky, legend has it that they first appeared in hooked form around 1670. Candy sticks themselves were pretty common, but they really took shape when the choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany got the bright idea of twisting them to look like shepherd’s hooks. He then handed them out to kids during church services to keep them quiet.


    It’s no surprise, then, that it was a German immigrant who introduced the custom to America. The first reference we can find to the tradition stateside is 1847, when August Imgard of Wooster, Ohio, decked his home out with the sugary fare.


    Candy canes without the red don’t seem nearly as cheery, do they? But that’s how they were once made: all white. We’re not really sure who or exactly when the scarlet stripe was added, but we do know that images on cards before the 1900s show snow white canes.


    Most candy canes are around five inches long, containing only about 50 calories and no fat or cholesterol.


    The world’s largest candy cane was built by Geneva, Illinois chef Alain Roby in 2012.  It was 51 feet long, required about 900 pounds of sugar, and was eventually smashed up with a hammer so people could take home a piece.


    Fifty-four percent of kids suck on candy canes, compared to the 24 percent who just go right for the big crunch. As you may have been able to guess, of those surveyed, boys were nearly twice as likely to be crunchers.


    According to the National Confectioners Association, about 1.2 billion candy canes are made annually, and 90 percent of those are sold between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Which honestly begs the question: Who’s buying the 10 percent in the off season?


    Bobs (that’s right; no apostrophe) Candies was the first company to really hang its hat on the sweet, striped hook. Lt. Bob McCormack began making candy canes for his kids in the 1920s, and they were such a hit he decided to start mass-producing them. With the help of his brother-in-law, a Catholic priest named Gregory Harding Keller (and his invention, the Keller Machine), McCormack was eventually able to churn out millions of candy canes a day.


    December 26 is National Candy Cane Day. Go figure.


    Here’s how they make candy canes at Disneyland—it’s a painstaking (and beautiful) technique.

    10 Actors Who Hated Their Own Films

    1. Sylvester Stallone, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. Sly doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to his film career. Despite co-starring with the delightful Estelle Getty as the titular violence-prone mother, Stallone knows just how bad the film was:

    "I made some truly awful movies. Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot was the worst. If you ever want someone to confess to murder, just make him or her sit through that film. They will confess to anything after 15 minutes."

    2. Alec Guinness, Star Wars.

    By the time he played Obi-Wan Kenobi in 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope, Guinness had already appeared in cinematic classics like The Bridge on the River Kwai, Great Expectations and Lawrence of Arabia. During production, Guinness is reported to have said the following:

    "Apart from the money, I regret having embarked on the film. I like them well enough, but it's not an acting job, the dialogue - which is lamentable - keeps being changed and only slightly improved, and I find myself old and out of touch with the young."

    The insane amount of fame he won for the role as the wise old Jedi master took him somewhat by surprise and, ultimately, annoyed him. In his autobiography A Positively Final Appearance: A Journal, Guinness recalls a time he encountered an autograph-seeking fan who boasted to him about having watched Star Wars more than 100 times. In response, Guinness agreed to provide the boy an autograph under the condition that he promise never to watch the film again.

    3. Bob Hoskins, Super Mario Brothers. He was in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. As far as I’m concerned, Bob Hoskins is forgiven for Super Mario Bros. Hoskins, though, doesn’t seem to be able to forgive himself. Last year the Guardian spoke with the veteran actor about his career and he summed up his feelings rather succinctly:

    What is the worst job you've done?
    Super Mario Brothers.

    What has been your biggest disappointment?
    Super Mario Brothers.

    If you could edit your past, what would you change?
    I wouldn't do Super Mario Brothers.

    4. George Clooney, Batman & Robin. Sure, Batman & Robin made money. But by every other imaginable measure, the film was a complete failure, and a nightmare to the vast majority of the Caped Crusader’s most fervent fanatics. Star George Clooney recognized what a stinker he helped create and once plainly stated, “I think we might have killed the franchise.”

    5. David Cross, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. When actors have a movie out, it's customary that they publicize the film by saying nice things about it. Earlier this year David Cross took a different approach. When it came to describing his new film Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, the veteran comedian — better known for Mr. Show and Arrested Development — went on Conan and called the film a “big commercial for Carnival Cruise Lines” and told people not to go see it.

    6. Katherine Heigl, Knocked Up. Judd Apatow’s unplanned pregnancy comedy was a huge hit and helped cement her status as a bankable film actress. After the film’s release, however, Heigl didn’t have all good things to say. In fact, what she specifically said about it was that the film was:

    "…A little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys.”

    7. Charlize Theron, Reindeer Games. The 2000 action film Reindeer Games starred Ben Affleck, Gary Sinese and Charlize Theron and was directed by John Frankenheimer. But it all somehow failed to come together. In the end the film lost a lot of money and compiled a wealth of negative reviews – including one from its star actress who simply said, “Reindeer Games was not a good movie.”

    8. Mark Wahlberg, The Happening. Mark Wahlberg doesn’t exactly seem like a guy who lives his life afraid of trees. But that is the odd position M. Night Shyamalan’s 2008 film The Happening put him in. Wahlberg, as it turns out, doesn’t look back too fondly on the film. He went on record during a press conference for The Fighter when he described a conversation with a fellow actor:

    "We had actually had the luxury of having lunch before to talk about another movie and it was a bad movie that I did. She dodged the bullet. And then I was still able to … I don’t want to tell you what movie … alright “The Happening.” F*** it. It is what it is. F***ing trees, man. The plants. F*** it. You can’t blame me for not wanting to try to play a science teacher. At least I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook."

    9. John Cusack, Better Off Dead. John Cusack reportedly hated his cult 80s comedy so much that he walked out of the screening and later told the film’s director Steve Holland that Better Off Dead was "the worst thing I have ever seen" and he would "never trust you as a director again."

    10 Christopher Plummer, The Sound of Music. The Sound of Music is considered a classic and has delighted many generations of fans. But the film's own lead actor, Christopher Plummer, didn't always sing its praises. Mr. Von Trapp himself declined to participate in a 2005 film reunion and, according to one acquaintance, has referred to the film as The Sound of Mucus.



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