Um… “getting shorter”? Think this through, dude…

Cidu Bill on Mar 13th 2017


Filed in Barney & Clyde, Bill Bickel, comic, comic strips, humor | 22 responses so far

22 Responses to “Um… “getting shorter”? Think this through, dude…”

  1. Kilby Mar 13th 2017 at 04:43 am 1

    I was going to nominate this one for Synchronicity with today’s “Non Sequitur“, since it looks like the comic Oscars are just starting to roll in (awards go first to the comics with the shortest lead times).

  2. Catlover Mar 13th 2017 at 08:15 am 2

    Wow. The more I read it, the less I understand it.

    1. Warren Beatty is _79_. Faye Dunaway is 76. Is there a relationship between actors OVER 80 and two who are just under 80?

    2. When you say “actors over eighty”, my first thought is Betty White. I don’t think Betty White would have had any problem laughing off the issue. Nor Dame Judi Dench, nor Michael Caine, nor Judd Hirsch, nor Alan Alda (”Assume doctor poses”), or Woody Allen …

    3. Why IS the list getting shorter? Yes, people die, but people also age, and so the list of 80s and over probably increases. 80 years ago was the age of the talkies with the best of the Marx Brothers in the early 30s. Along with better medicines and health, wouldn’t there be MORE actors living longer lives?

  3. Fuzzmaster Mar 13th 2017 at 09:32 am 3

    It’s NOT recommended for actors over 80, so it’s only for those younger. That doesn’t seem like a short list at all.

  4. Catlover Mar 13th 2017 at 09:55 am 4

    Fuzzmaster - I think I am reading it differently than you?

    Not recommended for actors over 80.
    That list (those over 80) is short
    As they die (2016 was a bad year for celebrity deaths), the list gets shorter.
    However, actors 80 and over (See prior list, Sean Connery, Morgan Freeman, etc.) still sell tickets.

  5. Olivier Mar 13th 2017 at 11:06 am 5

    Ok, I’m stuck one panel earlier ; so Laffitov = laugh it off ; but why Pillsbury ? Isn’t that cookies, rather than medicine ?

  6. Ted from Ft. Laud Mar 13th 2017 at 11:18 am 6

    Olivier - Pillsbury is the name of the drug company (and the last name of the company owner/CEO - the bald guy seated in panel 4 - who is one of the main characters).

  7. Olivier Mar 13th 2017 at 11:49 am 7

    Oh, ok, thanks.
    The very short list refers to “actors over 80″ who represent about 0.01% of the US population ; less than the usual “pregnant women”, “children under 15″ or even “seniors over 80″. The specificity of the limitation is ridiculous, hence funny.

  8. James Pollock Mar 13th 2017 at 11:55 am 8

    “However, actors 80 and over (See prior list, Sean Connery, Morgan Freeman, etc.) still sell tickets.”

    A neat trick, considering that Connery hasn’t been in a movie since the “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”.
    (Also, Morgan Freeman is… 79 years old, at present.)

  9. Olivier Mar 13th 2017 at 12:06 pm 9

    And to address the question, the list is getting shorter because the actors who need the medication can’t have it : either they die from the pills, or they die from anxiety, Oscars ceremonies (only possible job for actors over 80 ?) being very demanding these days ; not factoring in angry quasi-recipients and their fans.

  10. Kevin A Mar 13th 2017 at 01:39 pm 10

    Ha! I knew the name of the company was Pillsbury, after the guy at the desk, but I only just realized why.

    HA!! I just realized the gift that the authors of this comic got.

  11. mike smith Mar 13th 2017 at 05:51 pm 11

    Hmmm. I thought the joke is it sells well in Hollywood because everyone lies about their age, even the folks over eighty.

    Not exactly a knee-slapper, Kiddo.

  12. Cidu Bill Mar 13th 2017 at 06:32 pm 12

    That’ what I was getting at, Catlover (2): the number of 80+ actors would theoretically remain the same, if not grow.

  13. Meryl A Mar 14th 2017 at 02:29 am 13

    Saw the comic again as I left after reading comics.

    Not for actors over 80. That’s a very short list and getting shorter.
    If it is not for actors over 80 then it is for actors 80 and under (and maybe actresses or are they calling them by the gender neutralish actors also) and the actors not over 80 is a short list and getting shorter - actors are moving towards more of them being over 80?

  14. Ted from Ft. Laud Mar 14th 2017 at 03:59 am 14

    Still none of these quite make sense to me. I’d assume the “it” in panel 4 would be the drug. Therefore, in Hollywood, the number of people who fit the target market must be substantial, for it to sell well. But what is the “list” that is getting shorter - the list of people who are the possible market, or the list of people for whom it isn’t recommended? The latter doesn’t really make sense, especially considering the expressions on the faces in panel 4 and the “still”. But why would the list of embarrassment suffering over 80 non-actors or under 80 actors be small and shrinking? I’m not a huge fan of B&C (though I was a Gene Weingarten fan back in his Miami Herald days) and these attempts to be “cute”/esoteric that often end up not decipherable are a big reason why.

  15. zookeeper Mar 14th 2017 at 10:13 am 15

    CEO Pillsbury & minions are previewing a new product commercial. As per Olivier (7), Mr P is pleased that the list of excluded is very small. And, per Mike Smith (11) it’s even smaller secondary to Hollywood’s penchant for youth.

  16. James Pollock Mar 14th 2017 at 12:38 pm 16

    “the number of 80+ actors would theoretically remain the same, if not grow.”

    The list can grow and shrink.

    If the number of actors reaching 80 exceeds the number of actors over 80 who die, then the list will grow.

    If the number of actors reaching 80 is fewer than the number of actors over 80 who die, then the list will shrink.

    If you prefer less morbidity, then you can add “or stop acting” to “die” in the preceding sentences.

    I thought Clint Eastwood had stopped acting after his famous incident talking to an empty chair in 2012, because I didn’t know he’d been in anything since “Gran Torino”. Wikipedia says he has, though. I imagine it’s hard for an actor over 80 to book work, for the simple reason that mortality rears its head and the producers don’t want to risk having to recast. Gandalf made it through all six Middle-Earth movies, but Dumbledore only lasted through two Harry Potters. James Bond hasn’t just been through a number of James Bonds, but a number of Ms and Qs as well, and doesn’t even bother casting Miss Moneypennys any more. And still no sequel to “Cocoon”.

  17. Ted from Ft. Laud Mar 14th 2017 at 06:15 pm 17

    James - while there was no Moneypenny in the first 2 films in the current James Bond incarnation, there certainly is one now, played by Naomie Harris and appearing so far in Skyfall and Spectre.

  18. James Pollock Mar 14th 2017 at 07:12 pm 18

    I’ll have to take your word for it.
    (Well, no, technically I don’t have to… is only a few clicks away… but you get the idea.)

  19. Meryl A Mar 20th 2017 at 02:30 am 19

    Husband has told me numerous times the wonderful stories of the changing of the actors who played James Bond - but like most of what I prattle on about to him he does not remember (or hear), the info did not fix itself into my brain.

    I do remember that they got rid of Pierce Brosnan as they felt they had to make the series more serious than it had been due to what was going on in the world at the time and it was thought it would hard to change the character if the same actor played him. George Lazenby just had low ratings in his only time out.

    I also know that he likes Daniel Craig’s portrayal as being closer to the character in the books, but does not like some plot things they have done - such as making his boyhood friend into the villain, in the new set of films.

    While Idris Elba is a great Luther - the general thought of James Bond fans is that he should not be the next JB - JB should remain white.

    At one time - when we were younger and one had to pay more attention to the other’s interests, I knew more about James Bond - books and movies - than any woman should. I knew all the errors in the movies - even found one myself. I knew a guy who was actually converting an Astin Martin into the car from Goldfinger - ejector seat and all.

    Dr No - the book - really it was all about bat guano?!!

    Did you know that the first actor to play James Bond was Barry Newman in a TV version of Casino Royal?

    Do you know where the name James Bond comes from? A book about birds that Ian Fleming was reading - he was the author.

    What error did I find - I forget which movie off hand, but there is a stunt man in a car who is the wrong race for who should be in the car. (Someone else found a reappearing ski pole in the hand of someone in another movie.)

    Do you know that all of the “Avengers” main characters (Honor Blackman, Patrick McNee, Diana Rigg (played JB’s wife), and Linda Thorson have all been in James Bond movies?

    See what I meant about knowing way more than I should?

  20. Meryl A Mar 20th 2017 at 02:31 am 20

    Oh yes, - a bit more junk - Bond in the books is described as looking craggy like Hoagy Carmichael.

  21. James Pollock Mar 20th 2017 at 03:18 am 21

    “Dr No - the book - really it was all about bat guano?!!”

    The subject SOUNDS funny, but there was a war fought over control of bird guano deposits on islands… it was an important source of fertilizer (and explosives).

  22. Meryl A Mar 22nd 2017 at 02:34 am 22

    Yes. He got the book on tape and played it in the car while we went on a trip. I could not believe it.

    (He also has numerous book versions of the books plus the movies on Beta, VHS and DVD.)

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