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Casting Couch

A few innings into last night’s World Series game, the camera focused on Bruce Bochy for a few moments, and I realized he reminded me intensely of… somebody. But I couldn’t figure out who. It was a specific actor, I knew I’d seen him in a movie, it was on the tip of my brain. So I asked the Twitter Hive Mind for help.

Suggestions included, but were not limited to:

  • Young Tom Selleck
  • James Gammon in Major League
  • Jeff Bridges
  • J.K. Simmons
  • Billy Bob Thornton
  • Old Tom Selleck
  • William H. Macy
  • Tommy Chong
  • Tom Selleck
  • A young Wilford Brimley
  • Charles Bronson
  • Charles Bronson (2)
  • Everett McGill
  • Bruce McGill
  • Edward James Olmos
  • James Brolin
  • Billy Bob Thornton (2)
  • “half Dabney Coleman, half Burt Reynolds”
  • James Gammon in Major League (2)

Some of these were more accurate than others, but neither was the particular person I was trying to place. It was Derek Jacques who finally nailed it:

Jackie Brown-era Robert Forster! Yep, that was it. I feel much better now.

Who wants to cast Ron Washington? How about Brian Wilson?


1 Emma Span   ~  Oct 28, 2010 4:10 pm

The Hive Mind suggests Jimmy Cliff for Vlad Guerrero.

2 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 28, 2010 4:25 pm

Maybe a Centuar version of Jimmy Cliff. I've got a good follow-up post on Washington for tomorrow.

I saw Bochy once and was stunned by just how big the guy he. Massive individual.

3 JohnBateman   ~  Oct 28, 2010 4:35 pm

Michael K. Williams (Omar from The Wire) as Vlad Guerrero

Danny McBride (Kenny Powers) as Cody Ross

4 festus   ~  Oct 28, 2010 4:44 pm

Before I saw the answer I was going to say Robert Forster, but I think you also have to add in smaller portions of Robert Stack, Dennis Miller, and Tom Sizemore.

Ron Washington is Keith David on 50 Cent's liquid diet.

Brian Wilson with the beard is an exact 50/50 split between Christopher Meloni and John C. McGinley. Before the beard he looked more like Tim Roth.

5 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 28, 2010 7:38 pm

Greetings from section 333 at At&t park ... My first WS game!

6 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 28, 2010 8:04 pm



Game thread above.

7 RIYank   ~  Oct 28, 2010 8:13 pm

Diane, cool!
Are you in the, you know hazy part? Near CF?

8 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 28, 2010 8:34 pm

[1] YES! Jimmy Cliff, that's brilliant!! Unfortunately, he's moving like Jimmy Cliff in the OF these days..

9 Matt Blankman   ~  Oct 28, 2010 11:30 pm

[1][8] Now I like Vlad even more. Also, I want to listen to Jimmy Cliff.

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