Expression Hall of Shame
Over the weekend, I got an email from reader Dena who told me that Friday's episode of All My Children was a must-see. Not because of quality, but because...well, you'll see.
I was sort of AMCed out until today (there is just too much tragedy! I needed a break from it, and I spent that break re-watching marathons of The Hills which...is tragic in its own way, actually) and I just got around to watching it and I really have no words to describe it.
I...I understand what they were going for with the soliloquies and the breaking the fourth wall, and most of the main players (Alicia Minshew, Thorsten Kaye, Susan Lucci, Walt Willey, Melissa Claire Egan) did a really good job with it. The subject matter is terribly heavy and the situation itself is enough to make me cry, because I'm a big old sap, so a lot of it was really emotional.
And then there was Cameron Mathison.
I wish that someone had thought to suggest acting lessons to him at some point in time, because the hoarse way that he yells with crazy eyes to convey anger is really overdone.
And, you know, at the time, my biggest gripe was really about the hoarse yelling, with the crazy eyes being a secondary annoyance. But after Friday's episode, I'm pretty sure that the crazy eyes will haunt my dreams FOREVER.
What the hell is that supposed to be? Anger? Anguish? I mostly feel like he's peering deep into my soul, taunting me with the fact that he can see all of my secrets. "I know that you steal Sharpies from work, Mallory. I KNOW you do. And that's wrong. And because of your crimes, I am going to eat your brain".
I was scared at first, but I tried to be reasonable, all, "Well, you know, it probably is wrong to bring Sharpies home from work, he's got a point there. And he's not used to the whole 'speaking directly to the camera thing', I'm sure it will get better as the show goes on".
There is a reason why I never look on the bright side of things...
Granted, I'm not an actress, so I have no idea how I, personally, would convey my emotions over learning that my son was nearly kidnapped by my ex-wife/in a horrifying accident/is now deaf, but I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be this...
Well, it's got to be hard talking directly to the camera, maybe it's easier when he's talking to another human?
...oh, okay, then.
REALLY, WHAT THE HELL? It's almost as scary as the maniacally laughing Night Shift clown. Almost.
**Apologies for the crappy, low-tech screencaps, I am new at this. And also, do you really want to see those crazy eyes in crystal clear quality?