Variety Log

Today: Was an extra on a TV show shooting on location in Marina del Rey. Played a commercial fisherman. Saw pelicans and seagulls and crabs and fish and sea lions. Saw yachts and tugboats and fishing boats. We wrapped around 4:30 PM. Took nap in car. Then went for a run around the marina. At sunset. Ran 2.66 miles. Discovered a new place to run and new running paths. Heard sea lions barking. Saw orange full moon rising above the marina. Still no health insurance. Still poor as dirt. But I didn’t live like it today.

Could an American have played Finn Hudson?

Cory Monteith is a Canadian. In his role as Finn Hudson on Glee, he pulls off a combination of innocence, honesty, strength, and naturalness. Topped off with the occasional wonder at how amazing life can be. Could an American have pulled this off? Have we Americans often become a bit too jaded, ironic, or sophisticated for our own good? Too cool? Of course not all Americans are, but I wonder about the available pool of actors in Hollywood.