“If they don’t learn, kill ’em”

Martin Weller has been making the parallel between movie stars and edubloggers, and while some folks have commented with the usual concerns about thinking through blogging in terms of stardom and fame—more of the self-effacing edtech pandering that drives me crazy—I love this exercise. My only issue is that Martin does himself a great disservice by likening himself to that hack Ben Affleck, he’s more a Sean Penn in my mind. So, while I’d like to think of myself as a character actor along the lines of the inimitable Harry Dean Stanton, I think the bava comes much closer to the late, great Robert Mitchum. Now, some of you may not know (or remember) how crazy and unlikable Mitchum was, so before rolling over on this one, try warming up to the comparison after watching the following clip from an interview in which he responds to the question “Should we pull out of Viet Nam?”

That’s right baby, the bava is back from New York and in full effect. Kill ’em all!!

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7 Responses to “If they don’t learn, kill ’em”

  1. Anand says:

    That Robert Mitchum, preaching ‘love’ and ‘learnin’. What a hippie.

  2. Reverend says:


    Hahahah, exactly, who knew he was such a flower child back in ’66 🙂

  3. Martin says:

    HDS is the icon of cool, so I’d give you that one, but I did have you down as the edublog action comedy hero – Kurt Russell ‘I wanna meet The Duke’.
    And yes, let’s take a stand against self-effacement – erm, if that’s okay with everyone else of course.

  4. Ed Webb says:

    HDS rocks hard, although I was thinking more Dennis Hopper circa Apocalypse Now. I’d like to be Jim Broadbent, if it doesn’t put anybody out.

  5. Reverend says:


    Jim Broadbent is an inspired choice, many people talk about Daniel Day Lewis from Gangs of New York, but Broadbent may have really been one of the few take aways from that film. He was amazing in the role as Boss Tweed, as he so very often is. Character actors rule!

  6. Sebastian6 says:

    He looks stoned.

  7. Reverend says:

    Funny you should mention that, because I just found this off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush:


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