In this special episode, we take our four nominees for induction into the Facilitators of the Indomitable Order of the Zone of Ruthaz, and examine what makes them eligible for such a prestigious award.
The nominees this time around are Will Smith, Michael Keaton, Terrence Stamp, and Stan “The Man” Lee.
We’re also joined by John from over at the Bagged & Bored Cast, who takes on the duty of campaigning for the B&B candidate, Michael Keaton.
About Will Smith
Willard Christopher “Will“ Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, film producer and pop rapper. He has enjoyed success in music, television and film. In April 2007, Newsweek called him the most powerful actor on the planet. Smith has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won multiple Grammy Awards.
In the late 1980s, Smith achieved modest fame as a rapper under the name The Fresh Prince. In 1990, his popularity increased dramatically when he starred in the popular television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The show ran for nearly six years (1990–1996) on NBC and has been syndicated consistently on various networks since then. In the mid-1990s, Smith transitioned from television to film, and ultimately starred in numerous blockbuster films that received broad box office success. In fact, he is the only actor in history to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the domestic box office as well as being the only actor to have eight consecutive films in which he starred open at the #1 spot in the domestic box office tally.
Fourteen of the 19 fiction films he has acted in have accumulated worldwide gross earnings of over $100 million, and 4 of them took in over $500 million in global box office receipts. His most financially successful films have been Bad Boys, Bad Boys II, Independence Day, Men in Black, Men in Black II, I, Robot, The Pursuit of Happyness, I Am Legend, Hancock, Wild Wild West, Enemy of the State, Shark Tale, Hitch and Seven Pounds. He also earned critical praise for his performances inSix Degrees of Separation, Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness, receiving Best Actor Oscar nominations for the latter two.
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About Michael Keaton
Michael John Douglas (born September 5, 1951), better known as Michael Keaton, is an American actor, well known for his early comedic roles in films such asNight Shift, Mr. Mom, Johnny Dangerously, Beetlejuice, and for his dramatic portrayal of Batman in Tim Burton‘s Batman and Batman Returns, as well as lead roles in other films including The Paper, Jackie Brown, Jack Frost and White Noise.
Quirky, inventive and handsome US actor who first achieved major fame with his door busting performance as fast talking, ideas man “Bill Blazejowski” alongside nerdish morgue attendant Henry Winkler in Night Shift (1982). Keaton was born Michael John Douglas on September 5th, 1951 in Corapolis, Pennsylvannia and studied speech for two years at Kent State, before dropping out and moving to Pittsburgh. An unsuccessful attempt at stand-up comedy led Keaton to working as a TV cameraman in a cable station, and he came to realize he wanted to work in front of the cameras.
Tim Burton cast him in the title role of Batman (1989) because he thought that Keaton was the only actor who could believably portray someone who has the kind of darkly obsessive personality that the character has. There was a great deal of fan anger over his selection, forcing the studio to release an advance trailer both to show that Keaton could do the role well and that the movie would not be a campy parody like the TV show “Batman” (1966).
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About Terrence Stamp
Terence Henry Stamp (born 22 July 1939) is an award-winning English actor. Since starting his career in 1962 he has appeared in over 60 films. His title role as Billy Budd in his film debut earned Stamp an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor and a BAFTA nomination for Best Newcomer.
His other major roles include butterfly collector Freddie Clegg in The Collector, arch-villain General Zod in Superman (plus one of its sequel), drag queen Bernadette inThe Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, harsh guy Wilson in The Limey, the Supreme Chancellor Valorum in Star Wars – Episode I: The Phantom Menace,ghost antagonist Ramsley in The Haunted Mansion, Elektra’s master Stick in Elektra, Pekwarsky in Wanted, Maxwell Smart’s arch-villain Siegfried in Get Smart, council of high help Terrence Bundley in Yes Man and the July 20th plot Ludwig Beck in Valkyrie.
Stamp has won a Golden Globe, a Cannes Film Festival Award, a Seattle International Film Festival Award, a Satellite Award and a Silver Bear.
Stamp was born in lived in Canal Road, Bow, until German bombers forced his family to move to Plaistow. An icon of the 1960s, he dated the likes of Julie Christie,Brigitte Bardot, and Jean Shrimpton. After an extremely successful early career, starring in Modesty Blaise (1966), Poor Cow (1967), and Far from the Madding Crowd (1967), Stamp withdrew from mainstream films after his girlfriend, supermodel Jean Shrimpton, left him, and he and went on a 10-year sabbatical in India. He returned home in the late 1970s to star as the evil General Zod in Superman II (1980) and in 1984, delivered what many consider his finest performance as the supergrass in Stephen Frears‘ The Hit (1984). A few minor but colourful roles, topped by his performance as the transsexual, Bernadette, in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994), have put Stamp back in the British conscious. His role of vengeful gangster in The Limey (1999) was created especially for him by its director.
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About Stan “The Man” Lee
Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber; December 28, 1922) is an American comic book writer, editor, actor, producer, publisher, television personality, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.
In collaboration with several artists, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Avengers, Iron Man, theHulk, Thor, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and many other fictional characters, introducing complex, naturalistic characters and a thoroughly shared universe intosuperhero comic books. In addition, he headed the first major successful challenge to the industry’s censorship organization, the Comics Code Authority, and forced it to reform its policies. Lee subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.
He was inducted into the comic book industry’s Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1995.
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About the Bagged & Bored Cast
Bagged and Bored was started by Chris as a comic and pop-culture blog, seeking to share his love with as many people as possible he contacted his two best friends Paul and John to help spread the word. Soon realizing that they had a lot more to say than a simple website would allow, the Bagged and Bored Crew took their thoughts and audibly recorded them making them available on iTunes as the Bagged and Bored Cast for more people to experience.
About the Facilitators of the Indomitable Order of the Zone of Ruthaz
The Order of Ruthaz is a place for those actors, filmmakers, writers, artists, and other geek icons who have made such a legend of themselves so that they may be forever immortalized in history as BLANK “Fucking” BLANK.
Enter the Zone of Ruthaz to see who has attained previous honors in the Zone.