So yesterday morning I was once again immersed in the great warm bath that is the New York Times Arts and Leisure Section when I was struck by the following:
In a development that is nearly as astounding as the enduring career of David Hasselhoff long after his heyday, NBC said it was ordering a full season of episodes for Knight Rider, the contemporary remake of the 1980s-era action show in which Mr. Hasselhoff starred. The updated Knight Rider features Val Kilmer as the voice of a talking car named KITT.
Now, I'll grant you -- a Knight Rider revival is a mystifiying phenomenon in general, but that last bit just struck me as sad. Val Kilmer, the man who damn near out-overracted a mumu-wearing Marlon Brando in The Island of Dr. Moreau, reduced to playing an automobile? Oh, the humanity! I mean -- how could this be?
Well, I have a theory, and it is mine and I have it, and it involves one Noble Craig.
For those unfamiliar with Mr. Craig's ouevre, suffice it to say that in the credits to the 1986 film Poltergeist II: The Other Side, you will find him listed as Vomit Creature. Of course, if you've seen the film, you know that Craig does sterling work in the part, but still...can you imagine the phone call informing him of his upcoming employment? "Noble, baby -- this is your agent Morty. Just got you a gig in the Poltergeist sequel....You're 'Vomit Creature', baby!"
Yes, there can be no doubt about it...Val Kilmer has Noble Craig's agent.
Coming tomorrow: The shocking reason why Danny DeVito has been typecast as a short person!!!!