Some sad news:
Memoirs Of A Geisha star Mako has lost his battle with esophageal cancer at his home in Ventura County, California. He was 72. The Asian-American actor, who was Oscar nominated for his portrayal of submissive engineer Po-Han in The Sand Pebbles in 1966, died on Friday. Brought up in Japan by his grandparents while his parents were studying in New York, Mako joined his mother and father when they were granted US citizenship. He studied architecture before joining the US Army in the early 1950s and became passionate about acting while performing in military shows. He became a naturalized American in 1956. After his Army service, he enrolled at the Pasadena Community Playhouse in California and studied to become a professional actor. The Sand Pebbles, which earned him an Academy Award Best Supporting Actor nod, was his first film. His other movies include The Ugly Dachsund (1966), The Green Hornet (1974), An Eye For An Eye (1981), Seven Years In Tibet (1997), Bulletproof Monk (2003) and Pearl Harbor (2001). His impressive TV resume includes appearances in Wonder Woman, I Spy, Hawaii Five-O, Kung Fu and The Streets Of San Francisco.
All that may be fine and dandy, but Mako, for me, will always be The Wizard!
Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis, and the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of. And onto this, Conan, destined to wear the jeweled crown of Aquilonia upon a troubled brow. It is I, his chronicler, who alone can tell thee of his saga. Let me tell you of the days of high adventure!
Last week it was Floyd, having spent the weekend listening to Floyd, then looking for Pulse (which i've since found), and learning of Syd Barrett's death. This week it's Mako. He had just been announced as providing the voice of Splinter in the new Ninja Turtles cartoon, and just this week past, myself, Johnny Z, and Andy checked out Conan The Barbarian. We watched it Thursday evening. Remind me not to watch any Ridley Scott flicks for the next little while, at least until this curse thing ends...
Now that the unfortunate buisness is outta the way, i'd like to give mad belated congrats on my man Jhonny Z, the Deacon, Captain Charisma himself, for joining the Microplay army. Also have to give the shoutout to Matt, emo-lad, Jon's practice dummy, and swell guy, who also joined our ranks. Welcome to the frontlines boys, grab yer gun, say a prayer, and wait for the whistle.
Also, speaking of the new TMNT flick - the Teaser trailer was BAD ASS! But you don't have to take my word for it:
Watching: Conan The Barbarian / Beowulf and Grendel / Pink Floyd - Pulse
Listening to: Pearl Jam - self titled / Tom Petty - Highway Companion / Jet - Get Born / The Waking Eyes - Video Self / Pink Floyd - Wish you were Here / Aerosmith - Permanent Vacation
Reading: A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin / Dune - Frank Herbert
Playing: Miami Vice - PSP / Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth - PSP / Street Fighter Alpha Anthology - PS2
Eating: Thinking about McDonald's
Wishing: My freaking ear didn't hurt so much - slept on it hard last night.
Yo Momma's goin' on a date! She's goin on a date wit' me! She's gonna have a good time!
"Where there's smoke... there's DOOM! Lets sing the doom song!"