Monday, March 10, 2014

Mr. Familiar: Matt Craven

While marathon viewing The Pacific this weekend, one Matt Craven popped up in episode 4 as a doctor at a hospital which is more or less a loony bin.  If you're familiar with Craven's work, he is great at playing authoritative in a strong yet soft spoken kind of way.  If you're not familiar with The Canadian Craven's work, he's shown up in movies like A Few Good Men, Crimson Tide, Deja Vu and Disturbia while his TV credits are stacked with appearances in shows like ER, NCIS and Justified.  I know the guy because of his work with one Michael Biehn as the two have appeared together in the mountain climbing drama K2 as well as gangster VS dirty FBI guys flick Breach of Trust.  I'm not sure if the two are homeboys off screen but that's how I'll always recognize him.

James Remar in the fuzzy B.G.
In 2011, Craven appeared in Matthew Vaughn's X-Men:  First Class as CIA Director McCone in one of the most stacked casts of character actors I have ever seen.  Joining Mr. Familiar as a US General is James Remar, from The Warriors, The Quest, The Phantom and The arguably worst sequel to a good movie, Mortal Kombat:  Annihilation.  Behind Remar, Rade Serbedzija from Snatch, Mission Impossible II, Batman Begins and Taken 2 pops up as "Russian General".  If that weren't enough, showing up as "Secretary of State" is Ray Wise aka Leon Nash from mother fucking Robocop and Robin's creepy dad on How I Met Your Mother.  If this genre movie fan favorite supporting cast weren't deep enough, director Vaughn saves Michael Ironside for last as "Captain".  Ironside's snarling face and guttural growl have graced the likes of Top Gun, Total Recall, Highlander II and Starship Troopers.  Now if we could just get all of these guys AND Michael Biehn in a movie...

Here's Biehn and Craven along with sweet 90's pastel attire, guitar riffs and scenic views:

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