It is the tradition of I Like Weird Stuff to celebrate the underdogs, and the world of entertainment is full of them. In the realm of acting, thousands of accomplished and regularly working actors play vital roles in a variety of films and television shows and are often recognized but unnamed because they are not the big ticket stars. We just know they are “That Guy,” the one that has played so many parts that you can’t hardly remember even one, but you intrinsically know you have seen them many times before. Last month(ish), we celebrated the original That Guy, the great Kurt Fuller. This month we will learn the name of Blu Mankuma.
Sometimes you see someone in a movie or on a show that you know you’ve seen before. Their features are familiar and they’ve implanted themselves in your psyche, but you can’t seem to remember their names. You can always identify them, but the innate weaknesses of your pot-addled memory banks cause you to forget who they are, if you’ve ever found out at all. So you exclaim, gleefully, “It’s THAT GUY!” And somehow, everyone huddled around your flat-screen knows who you’re talking about.