May 28, 2004

Ace of Spades Trivia Questions of the Day
— Ace

I don't know if anyone else shares this kink: I've got this crazy obsession about identifying minor players from movies and figuring out where I've seen them before.

I was set off on this because I just read a cool trivial question that feeds into this obsession. We'll call this question 1:

1) Name the one human being who has been assaulted and/or killed by an Alien (from Alien), a Predator, and a Terminator.

But that set me off on a binge, so here's more:

2) Apart from the person who is the answer to 1), name three other people who've been assaulted and/or killed by both an Alien and a Terminator.

3) Apart from the person who is the answer to 1), name one other person who's been assaulted and/or killed by both a Terminator and a Predator. (This is sort of a trick question.)

4) Name two people who've met both Robocop and Special Agent Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks.

5) Name the person who's met characters named Robocop, Hannibal Lecter, and "Arnold Schwarzenegger."

6) Name one person who's been killed by Axel Foley, James Bond, and Rambo. He also got his ass kicked by Prince.

7) Name one person who's met both Special Agent Dale Cooper and Cabin Boy.

And, just for fun, name one person who has been assaulted and/or killed by both a Predator and Craig T. Nelson.

Posted by: Ace at 10:35 PM | Comments (35)
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1 Michael Moore? Oh, wait, shit, that falls under "wishful thinking" not "movie trivia."

Posted by: Beck at May 28, 2004 11:14 PM (fllfQ)

2 Bill Paxton?

Posted by: Xoxotl at May 28, 2004 11:25 PM (tCtsO)

3 ...I'm just taking a guess here. I know Paxton was the punk in the beginning of the original Terminator who got jacked my Ahnald. Paxton also played a Private in Aliens who uttered the famous line "Game over, man! Game over!". I don't recall seeing him in Predator, though.

Posted by: Xoxotl at May 28, 2004 11:31 PM (tCtsO)

4 It is Bill Paxton. He was in Predator 2.

Nice. I had no idea he was the "punk leader" in Terminator. I should've known. Cameron is addicted to Bill Paxton. (Can't blame him.)

Posted by: ace at May 28, 2004 11:35 PM (iog7U)

5 Obviously, one actor for #2 is Michael Biehn. The other, not so obviously (to me, at least), is Lance Henrikson.
#3 Tricky, but not too tricky for me: Arnold Schwarzenegger, clearly.
But I have no idea on #s 4-6.

Posted by: nathan at May 28, 2004 11:45 PM (Mgg99)

6 Oh, God, I screwed that one up. I forgot Michael Biehn.

I thought of him, but then I forgot him. There are three people who've been attacked by aliens and terminators.

Posted by: ace at May 28, 2004 11:47 PM (iog7U)

7 A little thought, and I came up with #6: Carl Weathers. THAT one was tricky.

Posted by: nathan at May 28, 2004 11:48 PM (Mgg99)

8 Okay Ace, you're on!

#1 is, as mentioned, Bill Paxton.

#2 is Michael Beihn and Lance Henriksen (soon to also be #1 this summer)

#3 is Arnold, as mentioned.

#4 is Miguel Ferrer (an FBI forensics guy, IIRC), and Ray Wise, a.k.a. Leland Palmer. Oh, and Ronny Cox also met Axel Foley-- damn small world!

#5 is Steven Berkoff, he of the annoying mole in the middle of his forehead. Beverly Hills Cop, Octopussy, Rambo II, and Under a Cherry Moon (you're a sick man Ace for bringing that one up)

#6 Russ Tamblyn-- Laura Palmer's shrink, and Chocki from Cabin Boy

#7 Carl "Action Jackson" Weathers

Tough ones, man!
Arlington, Virginia

Posted by: at May 28, 2004 11:59 PM (mrpxK)

9 Speaking of Cabin Boy-- anyone want to buy a monkey?

(I, one of three people in America who actually thought Dave Letterman did a good job hosting the Oscars. I mean, at least I laughed, which is more than anyone can say during one of the Whoopicraptacularfests).

Arlington, Virginia

Posted by: Dave at May 29, 2004 12:04 AM (mrpxK)

10 Okay, those are right, but there are THREE people killed by Terminators and Aliens, not two as I originally said, so you're missing one.

I also added an new question #5.

Posted by: ace at May 29, 2004 12:05 AM (iog7U)

11 Okay, fine-- add in Bill Paxton to get the third, you want to be technical about it! ;-)

As for the new #5. . . let me pontificate a moment, here at 5:17 in the morning. . .

Arlington, Virginia

Posted by: Dave at May 29, 2004 12:09 AM (mrpxK)

12 No, Bill Paxton is not part of the answer for that one.

I mean besides him.

Posted by: ace at May 29, 2004 12:10 AM (iog7U)

13 Dang, it's early. Hmmm. . .

And your new #5 is evil, 'cause the quotes make me think it's someone who called himself "Arnold Schwarzenegger" but wasn't actually him, which hurts my head. Either that, or Reuters put the scare quotes there.

BTW, I can think of someone killed by an Alien and Arnold Schwarzenegger, but not as a Terminator. As long as we're trading trivia.

Posted by: Dave at May 29, 2004 12:14 AM (mrpxK)

14 And it is a small world. Sci-fi and action movies feature the same dudes, over and over, just like westerns and horrof films used to.

Ronny Cox, Michael Ironside, Michael Wincott, the horrible Maria Conchita Alonzo, even Patrick MacGoohan... these folks just keep showing up over and over.

Posted by: ace at May 29, 2004 12:16 AM (iog7U)

15 Jeanette Goldstein, aka Vasquez and John Connor's stepmom. But, technically, she's killed by Gorman's grenade, right? So I dunno if that counts.

BTW, her, Bill Paxton, and Lance Henriksen-- Near Dark. First burning vampires I ever saw.

Arlington, Virginia

Posted by: Dave at May 29, 2004 12:16 AM (mrpxK)

16 Aha! I got new #5.

Tom Noonan-- the axe guy in Last Action Hero, the Dollarhyde in Manhunter, and Cain in Robocop 2. (BTW, can someone tell me how the same Irvin Kershner who made Empire Strikes Back also made the tripe that is Robocop 2? Ugh.)

My brain is now empty of all useful facts. Glad I have the weekend before I go back to work.

Arlington, VA

Posted by: Dave at May 29, 2004 12:25 AM (mrpxK)

17 Somehow this will all lead to Kevin Bacon.

Posted by: ccwbass at May 29, 2004 06:54 AM (yXBFh)

18 All I know is Carl Weathers had a COWBEll in his backpack in Predator I, Chris Elliot had a COWBELL in his fancy pants knapsack in Cabin Boy and Bill Paxton had a COWBELL in his footlocker in Alien (look closely, you may need to make good use of the pause button here).

Moreover, I believe that Matthew Broderick made use of a COWBELL in Wargames AND in The Cable Guy, but I'm not sure if this is relevant.

I know that Reese Witherspoon used a COWBELL in Election, but, unfortunately it was not in a scene that featured Matthew Broderick.

However, for what it counts, Mr. Big had a COWBELL in his glovebox in Episode #28 ("Guys Like It "Well Done"), and everyone knows that Sarah Jessica Parker is married to Matthew Broderick....hence we have a tenuous, but real!, COWBELL connection.

Also, Frankie Muniz had a COWBELL on his dresser in season two of Malcolm in the Middle. He never touched it, but it was there. Additionally, Matthew Broderick never had a cameo on Malcolm in the Middle, despite the Cindy Adams inspired rumours that he was to appear on the show AND was going to "touch the COWBELL."

Posted by: sonofnixon at May 29, 2004 06:16 PM (LzJ7+)

19 Clarification: Episode #28, refered to in the previous post, was to Sex in the City from HBO.

Matthew Broderick appeared on HBO several times, most notably in the unexplained extended run that "The Freshman" received during the late 90's, although he did not use a COWBELL in this movie...although Marlon Brando, who also did not use a COWBELL in this movie, may (repeat MAY) have had a COWBELL strung about his neck as he portrayed Col. Kurtz in Apocalypse Now...but it is very difficult to discern --- with certainty --- the presence of a COWBELL in said movie.

We're pretty sure that Martin Sheen did not have a COWBELL, but there may have been a COWBELL present on his swiftboat. Coincidentally, Martin Sheen's son, Charlie, had a COWBELL in his dumptruck in the underrated "Men At Work" -- which did not feature and/or reference Matthew Broderick. Strangely enough.

There was a brief glimpse of COWBELL in "Married to the Mob", but that goes without saying. Any movie that is run, ad nauseum on the Comedy Channel, is sure to feature COWBELL (although, despite some resemblance to Matthew Modine and the same FIRST name, Matthew Broderick did NOT appear in "Married to the Mob")

Frankie Muniz, according to US WEEKLY, SAW "Married to the Mob" and particularly loved the COWBELL featured scene....unfortunately, we have absolutely, positively, no PROOF, EVIDENCE or OTHERWISE that Matthew Broderick saw "Married to the Mob" and/or saw/witnessed/enjoyed the COWBELL scene therein.

Posted by: sonofnixon at May 29, 2004 06:26 PM (LzJ7+)

20 You know... it's odd to read this after just having finished watching "Death to Smoochy" (Robin Williams, Ed Norton, 2002) where a cowbell does figure prominently as a signature prop for one of the characters. Later, during a memorial, there is even a gold-plated sparkly cowbell used to evoke the character's memory.

Posted by: Ron C at May 29, 2004 08:48 PM (BnFU6)

21 *This* is why IMDB was invented.

Posted by: Kevin at May 30, 2004 05:15 AM (14RjS)

22 But IMDB gives me hits on "Powell" when I WANT "Cowbell."

It is very, very frustrating. And, oddly, I received ZERO hits when I typed in Matthew Broderick and cowbell.

A lot of loose shit going on at IMDB if you ask me.

Posted by: sonofnixon at May 30, 2004 06:43 AM (LzJ7+)

23 I have this strange movie kink: while watching movies, I'm allways yelling out things like, "Hey, that Klingon is Jim from Taxi!". Then my friends all disagree and argue with me until I prove to them that they are wrong.

I can't be the only one. 'Fess up.

Posted by: quasimod at May 30, 2004 10:42 PM (Ot2YW)

24 Oddly enough I watch that same movie and yell out things like, "Hey, that Klingon is the attorney from Night Court!" Ahh, crappy 80s sitcoms.

Posted by: Ron C at May 31, 2004 03:52 AM (EBdVM)

25 I watch 80's sitcoms and think, "This show really sucks, but if they spiced things up with a little cowbell....."

Posted by: sonofnixon at May 31, 2004 05:40 AM (LzJ7+)

26 That's right, mofo's, I said "cowbell"

Posted by: sonofnixon at May 31, 2004 04:21 PM (LzJ7+)

27 The Steven Berkoff one is a stretch, as he wasn't killed by James Bond in Octopussy. The border guards (at the East-West Germany border) shot him as he ran after the train...

Still, this quiz is an unrivaled useless information source.

Posted by: morpheus at June 01, 2004 06:00 AM (O9kZt)

28 and cowbell talk...

Posted by: sonofnixon at June 01, 2004 05:40 PM (LzJ7+)

29 And each of those actors mentioned is connected to Kevin Bacon how????

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