Thursday, April 2, 2009
Andy Hallett, RIP
I actually found out about this yesterday, but I didn't want to mix it in with my April Fool's Day post...actor and musician Andy Hallett died on Tuesday from heart failure. He was 33 years old.
He is best known, at least to Joss Whedon (evil genius) fans, as the demon Lorne from Angel. His role on Angel was actually his first acting job, where he appeared in four of the five seasons and almost 80 episodes. After the show ended, he went on to pursue acting and music on his own.
If you want to read more about his death, pleas read the E! Online obituary.
Lorne was always one of my favorite characters on the show. He first appeared in the Season 2 premiere as a karaoke bar owner/empath demon. Meaning that he could listen to people sing and find things out about them. Exactly what he found out varied; sometimes he could see their future, and other times he could just tell how they were feeling. He had to spend three hours in makeup every day to complete the transformation to the green-skinned, horned demon. He always had a good attitude and a kind word, and honestly I think the writers gave Lorne some of the best lines in the show.
It sounds like I just wrote an obituary for his character, doesn't it? Of course, I never met Andy Hallett. I only knew him as his character on Angel. It's weird, feeling like you know somebody you've never met. Andy, you will be missed.
On a lighter note: YouTube's April Fool's prank yesterday was presenting all of their videos upside-down. If you missed it, you can still watch them that way (for now, anyway). Just add "&flip=1" to the end of the URL.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1dirHGODpM (normal viewing)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1dirHGODpM&flip=1 (upside-down viewing)
Highly amusing (and there's a button to watch it in normal view if you get a migraine).