By: T.R. Slyder, TRSlyder@yahoo.com, AndyDisco on Twitter
Does anyone else think that, Andy Samburg: SNL :: Ashton Kutcher: Movie Acting.
I don't mean that as an insult to Samburg, but more of a brotherly, "lets step your game up, big guy". When Samburg started out, he was the young, hip, partying type and his sketches reflected that, and it worked. But how long has that guy been on the show and he's still doing the same laser cat stuff? It reminds me of Ashton Kutcher's post-That 70's Show roles.
You can tell that the goal of Samburg/Kutcher is to make the viewer think, "Man, that acting was bad, but it's cool! Him not even trying to act as anyone other than himself just belies how awesome he actually is. He is just oozing "bro cred" with this awful, sophomoric acting. As an actor, he possesses every skill I look for! Namely, poor acting, stoner humor, and an unwillingness to deviate from that! Where can I get more of that???"
Trust me guys, we get it. We get that you're a jeans and t-shirt or jeans and hoodie type of guy. We get that you have smoked marijuana and you are in touch with your inner child. Mission accomplished gents, we got it loud and clear.
Further down the road, but to that end, when you hear praise the most famous of the famous praised, or the most talented of the talent, it's common to hear them lauded as "multi-talented" and there is a reason that talented is valued. It's hard. It's hard enough to master one thing, let alone multiples. Samburg you might want to think about diversifying your portfolio before you go the route of ostensible mentor, Kutcher, and you decided that you need to be the czar of some new-media platform.
That's how I roll.