Last Night’s ‘American Crime Story’ Gave Us One Of The Best Awkward White Guy/Black Guy Handshakes Ever
If you haven’t been watching or reading the internet, ‘American Crime Story’ is currently airing Tuesday nights on FX and is focusing on the OJ Simpson murder trial. It’s fascinating TV, and it’s probably the weirdest show I’ve ever watched from an acting standpoint. On one hand, you have John Travolta, David Schwimmer and Cuba Gooding Jr. just being absolutely insane. It’s not even ‘bad’ per say, it’s just hysterical. Cuba Gooding Jr. is over-acting his ass of and can’t go 10 seconds without screaming, yelling or referencing football. David Schwimmer started off strong but he’s now just a sad puppy dog. That leaves us with John Travolta. Sweet baby Jesus is John Travolta amazing in this. When I say amazing, I say it in the sense where it seems like not only does he not follow his lines, but he seems like a character in a completely different show. It’s wonderful. On the other hand, Courtney B. Vance and Sarah Paulson are putting on acting classes every week and it’s a lot of fun to watch.
Last night’s episode focused on the part of the trial where the prosecution had OJ try on the gloves found at the crime scene. In hindsight, that was obviously a terrible move because the gloves didn’t fit, but while it hurt the prosecution, it invigorated the defense. That invigoration led to a ‘handshake’ between John Travolta’s Robert Shapiro and Courtney B. Vance’s Johnny Cochrane, and it was one of the most awkwardly wonderful handshakes ever:
LOOK AT THAT! LOOK AT THAT HANDSHAKE! John Travolta uses his left hand to turn the handshaking hand over so he can initiate a double low five. It’s amazing. Any time someone goes to shake my hand from now I’m doing this, whether it’s a friend or a really important job interview. John Travolta just refuses to stop leaving his mark on pop culture.
Last week was the best episode of Game of Thrones of the season. We finally get to see the trial of Tyrion and it was awesome. This little internet video nugget just makes this scene the much better.
756,864,000 seconds, 12,614,400 minutes, 525,600 hours, 8,760 days… and 24 years. Thats how long this guy has been, crawling, walking, running, and…..walking on this Earth. Bare with me, this might be all over the place.
It’s hard to hold down what I have learned over the years so I will tell you what I have found to be true. Life is different for everyone, what works for one person, may not for the other and vice versa. Trying to emulate one person (say your hero or idol) is never going to work, instead take and steal from many people to create a person that is uniquely you. Play up your strengths and in doing that, find out what your weaknesses are; your weaknesses are what give this unique person you see in the mirror everyday. Take time to listen to yourself. I’m not trying to be all introspective and hippy here, but seriously, take a second and talk to yourself. Ask yourself questions, and answer them with the truth. Please, if you do this out loud to yourself, do it in a room where no one else is. I’m pretty sure they stopped burning witches at the stake, but I could be wrong. I digress. Lose yourself in some good music and explore new kinds whenever you get a chance. I have always found music to shake things loose in my head when I need it the most. Be unpredictable, if you want to try something, try it. If you want to go somewhere, get in your car and go. I’ve found this type of thinking to make me the most happy. Don’t let anything hold you back.
The last thing I will leave you with is something I learned from the great Gary Vaynerchuk. Do what you are passionate about. If for one minute you are doing something that you don’t 100% love doing, even if it is just a 1% dislike, stop doing it. Life is too short to do something that you dislike, even if its for one day.
The culmination or trial and error is what shapes me today and is what will shape me in the future.
There’s a trick to being whatever you want to be in life. It starts with the simple belief that you are what or who you say you are. It starts, like all faiths, with a belief – a belief predicated more on whimsy than reality. And you’ve gotta believe for everybody else, too – until you can show them proof. If you’re lucky, someone starts believing with you – first theoretically, then in practice. And two people believing are the start of a congregation. You build a congregation of believers and eventually you set out to craft a cathedral. Sometimes it’s just a church; sometimes it turns out to be a chapel. Folks who don’t build churches will try to tell you how you’re doing it wrong, even as your steeple breaks the clouds. Never listen.