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I've seen a bunch of plays and musicals in D.C.and a few in NYC and I've found that when you call them by their last name and say, "May I...", "Would you mind..." or "Do you have a quick moment..." they're a lot more receptive to requests.  I don't think I've ever been turned down and I've met some people that wouldn't give anyone else the tme of day because of how I made a request.  Raul Julia and the late John Ritter are two that come to mind.

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Some really good points. It's easy to forget there's a real person there when someone is elevated to this level of celebrity deity.

Not all actors are extrovert but the assumption made is that if you "show off" for a living, then you must be.

Jim has a good point about avoiding insincere praise, which makes Amy's "I'm embarrassed for you" line so much more affecting. Art imitates life. (I realise this bit is in the wrong thread BTW). :)

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Where is the top pic from?

I think it's from one of the ComicCon appearances (because of the blue wristband.). Maybe 2010?

I have a folder of Jim Pics that play as my screen saver at home, and that first one is the first one that comes up. :)

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Because I am bored, I finally found good quality version of the Season 2 bloopers.  So many great Jim moments, Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock, Penny Blossoms, WI Bowling. My favorite is at the very end,  I don't know what happened, but Jim trying to break Johnny is adorable.  It's a great set of bloopers all the way around, everybody is a riot.

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I thought this was an interesting article on the SNL ratings.  

 

Talk about pyrrhic victories -- perhaps a loss from a critics perspective but a win for Jim with the bankable decision makers.  Critics be damned his management could easily capitalize on the factoids that prove Jim brings viewers and more viewers mean advertisers will line up to pay.  :rap:

 

 That was down 11% in households and down 19% in 18-49 from last week’s show hosted by Jim Parsons.

 

http://www.deadline.com/2014/03/saturday-night-live-ratings-down-with-lena-dunham-as-host/

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I really think Jim has an effortless charm that would draw people in no matter if does something perfectly or not. He is just very likable as a presence. Sure there are haters, but for playing a character so loved and popular, it is surprising that his hater numbers aren't zooming. The more high-profile the greater the trolls are but his is actually kept to quite a minimum. I'd like to believe that as a personality, he really appears to have a pleasant appeal which yes, could make him very bankable in the future. While I think the Sheldon role will be his trademark, if ever his next career moves will be pulled off strategically, I can see him enjoying a pretty glorious career.

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Because I am bored, I finally found good quality version of the Season 2 bloopers.  So many great Jim moments, Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock, Penny Blossoms, WI Bowling. My favorite is at the very end,  I don't know what happened, but Jim trying to break Johnny is adorable.  It's a great set of bloopers all the way around, everybody is a riot.

I love this set of bloopers--thanks for sharing!

Poor Jim with RPSLSp--he's so cute in that. And I love it when he just opens out and laughs very openly, like when Kaley makes the benefits/mail mistake.

And I love that one scene with the Penny Blossoms where Jim and Simon both mess up.

Like you said, it's a great set of bloopers all around. :)

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I really think Jim has an effortless charm that would draw people in no matter if does something perfectly or not. He is just very likable as a presence. Sure there are haters, but for playing a character so loved and popular, it is surprising that his hater numbers aren't zooming. The more high-profile the greater the trolls are but his is actually kept to quite a minimum. I'd like to believe that as a personality, he really appears to have a pleasant appeal which yes, could make him very bankable in the future. While I think the Sheldon role will be his trademark, if ever his next career moves will be pulled off strategically, I can see him enjoying a pretty glorious career.

 

Actually when I said "critics" I meant the people who do it professionally.  Their reviews on his appearance were pretty broad from scathing to forgiving but in the end what will really count within the offices of many decision makers and advertisers are the numbers.  Ellen too received some unpleasant reviews for her Oscar hosting but the numbers and popularity of that broadcast contradicted those naysayers.

 

On the lower echelons of reviewers the trolls and haters will always exist, that's just part of life.

 

Everything you said about Jim is true. As a classically trained actor his pride in his preparation and work carry through to his performances.  He is an actor who thrives on the work, not about the renown it brings. The financial rewards of his 'trademark' will bring him freedom to work at/with his craft as he chooses. That being said I'd prefer that he have a variety of opportunities that will bring him - rather than "a glorious career", a satisfying one. 

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What I love about his Big Bang popularity is that he will never have to scrounge for work. He might get offers for "Sheldon" roles, but he can afford to turn down whatever he might dislike.

And I think that people are wanting him--watching that SAG interview, the people who did Harvey decided that they wanted to hear him read the part (and I don't think he knew that he was sort of auditioning for that role.)

Anyway, he does seem to charm everyone he works with and having a good reputation among your colleagues as a great guy to work with goes a long way in Hollywood.

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I seriously love Jim Parsons. 

 

Back in the day before people really got into Big Bang, I always invited people to watch it because of his character. I can't explain how much he brings the character of Sheldon Cooper to life. It's like the character was written in the stars for him.

 

When I watch videos of interviews about him and his role it is so evident in the way he answers questions that he does everything in his power to do justice to that character. He makes every pore of himself exude "Sheldon" whenever the camera rolls and it obviously transcends through our television screens because you simply can't help but love the amazing and brilliant mind that IS Dr. Sheldon Cooper.

 

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Absolutely ChampionAlexa, it's a rare talent that can bring such magnetism to so obnoxious a character. A real life Sheldon would have no friends, but Jim makes it totally plausible that Sheldon would have the fidelity of this group.

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Absolutely ChampionAlexa, it's a rare talent that can bring such magnetism to so obnoxious a character. A real life Sheldon would have no friends, but Jim makes it totally plausible that Sheldon would have the fidelity of this group.

I know a pre-teen that's a real life Sheldon and he has several friends.  His mom makes sure to tell him when he says something inappropriate and lets him know what he should say.

 

My son isn't as much like Sheldon but he has a lot of similarities and he has a few friends.  I do the same thing as my friend but mine is much more black and white than her son.

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I know a pre-teen that's a real life Sheldon and he has several friends.  His mom makes sure to tell him when he says something inappropriate and lets him know what he should say.

 

My son isn't as much like Sheldon but he has a lot of similarities and he has a few friends.  I do the same thing as my friend but mine is much more black and white than her son.

Hi Anita.

I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess you're talking about Aspergers here?

If yes, the qualities that would (and did, before Leonard) leave Sheldon friendless are his arrogance, egotism and belittling treatment of others. None of these are Aspergers traits.

Admittedly, my experience is limited to one of my daughter's friends (whom I've known since they were in Reception together) and my friend's son who is now in his late teens. My interactions with both these boys has always been polite and positive, although often unusual. The younger is extrovert with a very high IQ, the older lad is introvert and of average intelligence, neither are megalomaniacs.

Another of my daughter's male friends has come out as gay, to a mixed reaction amongst their group. This lad is amongst the boys who are not okay with it. I raise this, to make the point that his homophobia is nothing at all to do with his Aspergers, his behaviour is distinct to him.

And all this is assuming we're talking about Aspergers in the first place.....and we all know what assumption is the Mother of don't we?

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Hi Anita.

I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess you're talking about Aspergers here?

If yes, the qualities that would (and did, before Leonard) leave Sheldon friendless are his arrogance, egotism and belittling treatment of others. None of these are Aspergers traits.

Admittedly, my experience is limited to one of my daughter's friends (whom I've known since they were in Reception together) and my friend's son who is now in his late teens. My interactions with both these boys has always been polite and positive, although often unusual. The younger is extrovert with a very high IQ, the older lad is introvert and of average intelligence, neither are megalomaniacs.

Another of my daughter's male friends has come out as gay, to a mixed reaction amongst their group. This lad is amongst the boys who are not okay with it. I raise this, to make the point that his homophobia is nothing at all to do with his Aspergers, his behaviour is distinct to him.

And all this is assuming we're talking about Aspergers in the first place.....and we all know what assumption is the Mother of don't we?

 

You assumed correctly.  :girlsmile:   That's why I mentioned my friend and I try to teach our kids what is/isn't acceptable behavior which is the arrogance, egotism and belittling treatment of others.

 

I never really thought of Sheldon as a megalomanic though.  Just obnoxious and arrogant.  I remember in The Luminous Fish Effect his mom told him it was okay for him to be smarter than everybody else but he shouldn't go around pointing that out.  I would've thought the constant ass-kickings he got from the neighbor kids would've made him less obnoxious and arrogant but it obviously did not.

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I think that Sheldon is just very convinced of his own intelligence (and therefore everyone else's lesser intelligence) and therefore feels completely in the right in pointing out mistakes and ignorance in others.  He's pedantic about things like grammar and exaggerations and other conventions of speech ("I haven't been to a comic book store in literally a million years!" "Literally?  Literally?") and he can't seem to ignore such things.

 

I think that living with Leonard and hanging out with the gang, and especially Penny who tends to challenge him more than the guys do, has somewhat softened his edges (because we got to see how he was before, in the Staircase episode), but not really changed his basic nature.

 

I think that his relationship with Amy has also helped him because although she has her own bluntness, she also won't let him get away with being super rude.

 

But still, the gang tends to cut him some slack (or just ignore his comments) just as he makes allowances for their weakness (in that he remains friends, not that he doesn't continue to make comments, etc.)

 

I know that there's a tendency to equate his behavior with Aspergers or other autistic spectrum behaviors--as a matter of fact, my little sister, who worked for several years with the special needs class at an elementary school, asked me about it when she watched the pilot (her first episode ever).  She asked if Sheldon had Aspergers.

Of course, I told her no, that they were not writing him to be on the spectrum, and that was enough to satisfy her.

 

I do think that it's understandable that people will see his behaviors and might come to that conclusion, but I also think that it's wrong of some viewers to insist that it's true when the writers/producers and actor have all denied it.

 

At any rate, I think that their intent is simply that Sheldon is an amalgamation of various issues--germophobia, dislike of being touched, stunted social growth due to his childhood as a prodigy, arrogance, childishness, etc.--that came together to make him who he is.  There's no doubt that he is able to feel and express emotions and form close bonds and that his progress is only impeded by his pride and inexperience and some narrow views about what is acceptable behavior.

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Obviously, I'm not as experienced here, but I must say I've never found either of these lads to be arrogant or egotistical.

In fact, the first real conversation I had with my daughter's friend was at her fifth birthday party, his Mum always stayed, whereas most parents dump and run, and he was watching the bouncy castles deflating while she kindly helped us tidy up. Both the sun and moon were out and, being five himself, I joked to him that perhaps the moon had got confused. There followed a quarter hour lecture (I can't say conversation because he talked at me, not to me) about the moon's orbit of the earth, the only bit I remember now being "actually, the moon has no light, it shines only because it reflects the light of the sun" without pausing to draw breath. However, although he took my joke literally, at no point did he mock my perceived ignorance in such matters and was very careful to protect my feelings, and went out of his way not to belittle me, making excuses for why I might think that.

Likewise, although insular, my friend's son is almost too polite, he's very worried about getting something wrong and upsetting people, he works by a tight set of rules.

Sadly, arrogance and egotism are traits common to all abilities.

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Predicting The 2014 Cannes Film Festival Lineup: What Films Will Walk The Red Carpet With 'Grace Of Monaco'?

The Normal Heart” (dir. Ryan Murphy)
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parson, Julia Roberts, Jonathan Groff, Alfred Molina
With TV no longer seen as a second-class medium, Cannes have embraced the premium cable revolution: 2012 saw the premiere of HBO’s “Hemingway And Gellhorn,” while last year saw no fewer than three movies from the network, with “Behind The Candelabra” in competition, and special screenings of “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” and “Seduced And Abandoned.” The obvious candidate for this slot this time around is “The Normal Heart,” the star-studded adaptation of Larry Kramer’s acclaimed HIV-themed drama from “Glee” and “American Horror Story” director Ryan Murphy. With the movie premiering on HBO on May 25th, the stage seems all but set for this to stop over in Cannes for a premiere first, though following the Liberace film into competition might be a stretch this time.

 

Source:  http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/predicting-the-cannes-2014-lineup-20140317?page=3#blogPostHeaderPanel

 

I hope Jim gets to go to Cannes.  I went to this festival one year and it was a blast!

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