Goodbye, Rip Torn

Rip Torn’s portrayal of Patches O’Houlihan in DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story was the funniest thing I had ever seen back in 2004.

To this day, when the going gets rough, my father and I often remind each other, “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball!”

In the next few days I’ll re-watch Dodgeball, The Beastmaster and, God forgive me, Freddy Got Fingered.

NOTE: before anybody writes me an angry letter about Freddy Got Fingered, the film is supposed to be terrible. Bad. Not good. Unwatchable. Offensive. Sick. Twisted. Weird. Absurd. Does not work or play well with others. That is the point. The film’s humor stems from the fact that some studio handed Tom Green cash to literally throw away is the actual comedy. The film itself is the joke. The gross-out on-screen hijinx is only there to confound unwary viewers.

Thank’s for the laughs, Rip. Godspeed.

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