Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Edward James Olmos
Last week's Miami Vice-themed celebrity facial hair Friday segues nicely into this week's pick - Edward James Olmos. Back in the day, Olmos played the aloof and understated Lt. Martin Castillo, head of the Miami Vice squad. These days Olmos commands one of sci fi's most triumphant revivals - Battlestar Galactica.
As Commander Adama, Olmos reprises the role made popular by Lorne Greene, way back in the groovy 70s when I was a kid. Olmos, like Greene, has always been clean-shaven. No beard. No moustache. No facial hair.
Now, if you've been watching the new Battlestar Galactica, or BSG as the text-shortenistas like to call it, you'll know that last season ended with the remains of the human race settling on a newly discovered planet. Then, in the blink of an eye, the magic of television fast-fowarded us a year later to show what had happened to this new colony. That's a pretty abrupt jump, and the writers needed to give us viewers some sort of queues so that we remembered the quick advancement of time. So they went to an old standby - the moustache.
The picture on the top right is the Adama/Olmos who will start the next season. The picture below is the Adama/Olmos we've known and loved. What do you think? I think the moustache has to go. Number one - it's not that attractive. Number two - it's clearly just a writer's crutch to mark the passing of time. Number three - why change a good thing?
OK. I've clearly worked myself up into a tizzy here. And tipped my hand in revealing my BSG addiction. The next season of Battlestar Galactica starts October 6th on the SciFi channel. We're so close!!!
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Posted by Russell Neufeld at August 11, 2006 9:22 AM
Edward James Olmos sported that fine moustache with style in several flicks, including his Tony-Award winning role, later reprised in the must-see movie, Zoot Suit. I'm pro, it gives him that Chicano-power veterano "I partied with Cesar Chavez in my '39 Chevy, and lemme tell you, there was one badass who knew how to lead his persecuted people to the promised land" edge that I think will play well in the new season. Which I would watch no matter what. Six more hours!