Saturday, November 16, 2013

What Was That?

While watching old shows sometimes a line or moment will make you stop a second, and not for reasons originally intended.  For instance, any old movie that shows the World Trade Center can't help but make you think of 9/11.  In fact, the towers were shown on the credits to The Sopranos, but were removed in later seasons.

I was recently watching that show, a fourth-season episode where Christopher gets an intervention. It doesn't go well. He starts lashing out at everyone.  He even says to Tony with the way he's shoveling down food he'll die of a heart attack when he's 50.  Now that we know James Gandolfini would die of a heart attack at 51, it's harder to watch.

I also was just checking out DodgeBall, the 2004 comedy starring Vince Vaughn. As you may recall, Vaughn walks out on his team before the big match.  By chance he meets Lance Armstrong, who has a speech about how he didn't quit when he had testicular cancer and went on to win the Tour de France a bunch of times.

Of course, when you look at this scene now, you're not thinking of an inspirational speech so much as what we think of Lance Armstrong today, who doped up, lied about it, and has been stripped of his victories.  By comparison, Vince Vaughn's characters isn't so bad.


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