If you’re a Joss Whedon fan, like I am, you may not have run across Adam Baldwin until Season 5 of Angel, where he played the scary (and well dressed) conduit to the Senior Partners, Marcus Hamilton. Then, also like me, you were doubly delighted when Baldwin turned up again in Firefly, playing to perfection the ultimate comical badass, Jayne Cobb.
But Whedon certainly didn’t discover Mr. Baldwin. In fact, he’s been acting for decades and has played many, many roles.
But here’s something you probably don’t know about Adam: Don’t screw with him!
Oh, I’m not suggesting he’s a thug. Far from it. By everything I can see, Mr. Baldwin is a great guy and a patriot. I follow him on Twitter, for example.
But let’s take a look at the evidence.
Adam Baldwin is Tougher Than You
Here he is, kicking ASS in Full Metal Jacket as Animal Mother:
Can he do all those things for real? I don’t know. But the guy can certainly pull it off for a camera. Can you do that? Didn’t think so. Personally, if I were the type of person who wanted to test my metal against a tough guy, I’d choose someone else.
Adam Baldwin is Funnier Than You
His character in Firefly was so awesome, there was an entire episode dedicated to his … awesomeness. Unfortunately, I can’t find a clip online, but here is Adam, paying homage to the homage.
Lastly, and perhaps most important:
Adam Baldwin is Smarter Than You
Evidence? I’ve linked to his Twitter profile above. To date, he is the only person who has caused me to reference Dictionary.com to understand what he is tweeting about. Is he convoluted? No! He’s just that damn smart.
Additionally, Mr. Baldwin writes for BigHollywood.com. Here’s a quote from one of his more recent posts.
“Tragically, such rhetorical abuse damages the appropriate use of the term – and leaves actual victims of “traditional” racism with a neutered descriptor that is quickly beginning to make the accuser sound like a whining name-caller.“
“Neutered descriptor?” Come on, tell me you talk like that. You don’t!
There you have it. Baldwin is tougher, funnier and smarter than you (or I). Mess with him at your peril! (But interact with him to your benefit).
Currently, Adam Baldwin can be seen on the hit NBC series, Chuck. Don’t miss it!