BATTLE OF THE WALSHES: M. Emmett vs J.T., only one can reign supreme

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I got to thinking about these two great, great character actors the other day: M. Emmett Walsh, best known for playing off-kilter weirdos and hapless authority figures; and the late J.T. Walsh, best known for playing authoritarian douchebags and, as Leonard Maltin put it, "quietly sinister white-collar sleazeballs."

Discuss your favorite roles, talk about how much you love them, choose your fighter!

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
M. Emmett Walsh 10
J.T. Walsh 2


Bougy! Bougie! Bougé! (Eliza D.), Thursday, 27 February 2020 13:43 (one month ago) link

One of my favorite J.T. Walsh moments is from the long forgotten Dudley Moore vehicle Crazy People. Playing a flummoxed advertising exec trying to duplicate Moore's success with "honest advertising" after he's been committed to an asylum, Walsh asks his staff for suggestions for a new shampoo campaign. One of them says something about adding more body, and Walsh just looks at him with withering contempt and says, "Shampoos rob your hair of body, everyone knows that." An inconsequential line in an inconsequential movie but I've never forgotten it.

Bougy! Bougie! Bougé! (Eliza D.), Thursday, 27 February 2020 13:50 (one month ago) link

M. Emmett by a country mile, dgaf about JT tbh

Οὖτις, Thursday, 27 February 2020 16:26 (one month ago) link

don't make me choose between my two dads

Generous Grant for Stepladder Creamery (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 27 February 2020 16:26 (one month ago) link

fave M. Emmett roles:

- talking about eating crawdads, and if there weren't any crawdads, eating sand in "Raising Arizona"
- Blood Simple, duh
- Blade Runner
- Straight Time
- Dangerfield's diving coach in "Back to School"
- his one scene as granddaddy Gemstone in the Righteous Gemstones

Οὖτις, Thursday, 27 February 2020 16:30 (one month ago) link

Good poll. Greil Marcus has written lots about J.T.--puts him on a plane with the great character actors from the studio years--but I like M. Emmett better: great in Straight Time, Blood Simple of course, The Music of Chance, so many others. Looked at his filmography and he was in an early All in the Family episode. 85, and he's still really active.

clemenza, Thursday, 27 February 2020 16:31 (one month ago) link

His mind games with Dustin Hoffman in Straight Time are pure evil.

clemenza, Thursday, 27 February 2020 16:32 (one month ago) link

J.T. very disturbing in Sling Blade, but gotta vote for Emmett for Blood Simple and Blade Runner.

Miami weisse (WmC), Thursday, 27 February 2020 16:35 (one month ago) link

yeah Straight Time is such an underrated gem, I should watch it again

Οὖτις, Thursday, 27 February 2020 16:37 (one month ago) link

Back when he was in everything, J.T. used to frighten me more than Jason, Freddy, etc combined.

That said, Emmett is too entertaining in too many good things for me not to vote for him.

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Thursday, 27 February 2020 16:46 (one month ago) link

Shame JT died so young, his portrayals of white collar and authoritarian scumbags seem increasingly like a prediction of what we’re going through now. He’d be great playing nasty patrician republicans.

Dan Worsley, Thursday, 27 February 2020 16:54 (one month ago) link

He played Erlichman in Oliver Stone's Nixon.

clemenza, Thursday, 27 February 2020 16:56 (one month ago) link

No love for Matt Walsh, a shame

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Thursday, 27 February 2020 17:09 (one month ago) link

Walsh is sort of the prototypical '80s/'90s onscreen douchebag (would have loved to see his stage performance as Williamson in Glengarry Glen Ross), and was always good. he was probably actually the best thing about A Few Good Men, playing this quietly agonized military guy who has a small but crucial role in everything that occurs, and whose role was obv overlooked w/all the histrionics going on around him.

omar little, Thursday, 27 February 2020 17:38 (one month ago) link

He was a great foil for Robin Williams's zaniness in Good Morning Vietnam. (As was Bruno Kirby, just in a different way.)

Bougy! Bougie! Bougé! (Eliza D.), Thursday, 27 February 2020 17:44 (one month ago) link

Shakey stole my line.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 27 February 2020 17:45 (one month ago) link

Shame JT died so young, his portrayals of white collar and authoritarian scumbags seem increasingly like a prediction of what we’re going through now. He’d be great playing nasty patrician republicans.


he’d have made a great dick cheney for sure

Generous Grant for Stepladder Creamery (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 27 February 2020 17:51 (one month ago) link

four weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 26 March 2020 00:01 (two weeks ago) link

A poll that spans before and after.

clemenza, Thursday, 26 March 2020 00:53 (two weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 27 March 2020 00:01 (two weeks ago) link


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