Eminent McCarthy Scholar in new Linklater Film

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  • 22 May 2012 at 10:51 pm #1319

    I just saw Richard Linklater’s new film BERNIE, and Charles Bailey has a role in an early funeral scene in it. I stayed for the credits to verify that it was in fact he. Those of you who have been around for awhile will remember that Charles was resurrected by Chip Arnold after having a heartache while performing his Not McCarthy winning entry at a Society Conference in Austin back in 2000. He also wrote a great essay on ALL THE PRETTY HORSES as chivalric romance.

    23 May 2012 at 10:13 pm #1331

    Candy Minx

    Nell, what a terrific surprise to see you here.. Its been way too long. I look forward to seeing Lanklaters new movie…did you enjoy it? Can you tell us the context of Baileys appearance or would it be a spoiler too much?

    24 May 2012 at 1:28 am #1335

    Hi Candy!

    How are you?

    BERNIE was an enjoyable comedy, especially in its loving but clear-eyed skewering of East Texas culture. The film is based on an actual murder case and blends interviews of real Carthage (TX) residents with fictionalized scenes with actors. Charles Bailey has an admittedly bit part as as a eulogist at one of the funerals that Jack Black’s character Bernie directs. But as the saying goes, there are no small roles…. Jack Black is uncharacteristly believable in this role, which gives him a chance to showcase his talents as a song-n-dance man without his normal eye-rolling mania (like in SCHOOL OF ROCK, or his Tenacious D gigs). Shirley McLaine is great. It’s nice that Linklater has come back to Texas subjects (his early stuff, like SLACKER and DAZED AND CONFUSED, are set in Austin).

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