All right, so… Mr. Kat and I just watched a funny little English romcom called Undertaking Betty in which Mr. Molina and Chris Walken play rival undertakers in the Welsh town of Wrotting-Powys, and we feel we need to have an Alfredo Molina film festival after this. We laughed our asses off over this film. Of course we have very strange taste, but still….
Mr. Molina first really caught our attention in Chocolat as the Comte de Reynaud. And then we saw him again in the otherwise-highly-forgettable Spiderman 2 as Doc Oc–the saving grace of that film. But did you realize he also played Indy’s assistant in the opening sequence of Raiders of the Lost Ark? Yes he did! and he played Cezare, the hunter, in Ladyhawke and the camel-racing entrepreneur Sheik Amar in Prince of Persia–another vignette that raised a film above its flaccid script. He played the marvelously evil Hovarth in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice–a film that would have been pretty damned good if Nic Cage could just remember to act and the ending had utilized the nerdy apprentice using the electric impulse of magic like a cardiac crash cart instead of the ridiculous magical infusion. But hell: Alfred Molina! He Rocks! Now I’m looking forward to Rango since he plays the voice of “Roadkill”. Oh, Mr. Molina… I adore you. Be my Carlos. Pleeeeeeaese?