To Be “Old” And Weird

The earliest memory I have of actress Parker Posey is before seeing her as a raging upperclassman bitch in Dazed & Confused, before seeing her as a neurotic and braced dog mom (AKA, Me.) in Best In Show, and way before seeing her as the time lost off sister in The House Of Yes: my first encounter with her was in Scream 3.

I saw every Scream film in theatres. I was—and still am—a huge fan of that franchise. The third and supposed “final” film in the franchise was one that I didn’t quite care for as a child but has since rocketed to the top of my list of Best Craven. In the film, Parker Posey plays the needy and overzealous Jennifer Jolie, an actress cast to play Courtney Cox’s Gale Weathers in the latest installment of the Stab franchise. Posey comes off as hysterical, spunky, and absolutely weird, like a cartoon character among flesh and lots of blood. Here is an example of some of her terrifically batty performance as Jennifer:

Anyway, this is a roundabout way of saying that I love Parker Posey. She is an icon of countercultural delight who got her start on As The World Turns. The actress has been pretty quiet lately but should hopefully be getting a nice career pop with her role in the new Woody Allen film, Irrational Man. The New York Times did a little profile on her as promotion for the film and it instead unraveled (Or reconstructed itself?) into a glorious sketch of an actress who is now “old” Hollywood and certainly an eccentric figure.

There are some wise gems in the piece, too. This bit in particular touched a part of my brain that got very excited and wanting to make:

“We’re in very masculine times, and that’s affecting storytelling in general,” she said after the dog walk, over dinner at Indochine.

“I think wit and camp have gone out of style.”

In other words: Is pop culture cool enough for Parker Posey? “It sounds so dramatic, but I’ll say it: Hollywood just doesn’t know what to do with me,” she said, with self-mocking flair. “And it’s not for lack of trying.”

That bit about the wit and camp: that’s alarming. I think it’s a bit hyperbolized but I’ve always felt somewhat akin to the Posey sensibility and hearing her say her world is ending is cause for alarm. It speaks to both an abundance of creativity and an industry’s scope being so limited that great talents can dawdle along the periphery of it all.

This isn’t reason to lose hope though. If anything, Posey’s statement—and the entire interview—is a call to action. I hope at some point I can bring that newly blonde Posey something to smile about. Also, she drinks a lot in the right way and—Boy.—does she seem like a hoot to hang out with. Bring your crazy dog and I’ll bring mine, Parker.

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