As you know, I have pioneered the 20/40 actor theory. The theory posits that white male leading actors between the ages of 20 and 40 are the most discriminated against group of people in cinema (aside from women over 35, blacks, asians, and Eskimos).
Basically, movies can use male leads who can believably play teenagers, and they can use male leads who are manly men who have been around the block, but they have no use for these same men when they're in their 20's and 30's.
There are many great examples which I have discussed before - Jason Bateman and Patrick Dempsey being the poster boys for the 20/40 theory. Bateman and Dempsey were amazing young actors, and they are amazing actors now. So what the hell happened to them during the '90's?!
I'll tell you what happened, the 20/40 rule went into effect.
So I was watching Kelly Live! this morning (calm down, I wasn't really watching it, when I turned the TV on it was on ABC and I was too slow to turn it to Saved by the Bell) and Josh Brolin was being interviewed. Seth Meyers was the guest host and they were talking about how Brolin has hosted SNL twice now.
Hold the damn phone for a minute. Brolin has hosted SNL twice recently? Well that only means one thing: Josh Brolin is sort of famous again.
I immediately realized that Josh Brolin deserved a spot in my hallowed 20/40 Hall of Fame.
Think about it: Josh Brolin was in fucking Goonies! What was that? The mid-'80's?
I honestly can't tell you what Josh Brolin did between 1985 and his role in No Country for Old Men. He could've been kidnapped for all we know. 20 years of his acting life was essentially worthless.
The fact is America had no use for a fresh faced, 30 year old Josh Brolin. Too old to be a teen, too young to be a real man. But now that he's turned into some kind of freakish small armed, giant headed weathered older man, we can't get enough of him.
So congratulations, Josh Brolin, you are allowed to work in Hollywood again. I'm raising your retarded body to the rafters tonight, and no one can take that away from you.