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10 John C. McGinley Roles We Love

John C. McGinley comes to IFC in Stan Against Evil starting November 2nd at 10P.

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With a career that spans theater, film and countless insults directed towards Zach Braff on Scrubs, John C. McGinley is one of those actors who makes everything he touches better. From a surly cop in Point Break to one of the Bobs in Office Space, McGinley has put his own unique spin on some truly memorable roles.

Starting November 2nd at 10P on IFC, you’ll get to see John as the demon hunting curmudgeon Stan Miller on Stan Against Evil, the new horror comedy from the folks behind The Simpsons and The Walking Dead. To see how he got here, we thought we’d look back at a few of his best parts, from hunting Oscar winners to emasculating Zach Braff.

10. Burn Notice, Tom Card

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When it came time to introduce the man who trained superspy Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan), there was only one actor with the machismo chops to make it believable. Tom Card would go on to betray his former protégé, setting up a showdown that ended with one of them in the ground. (Clearly characters are only welcome for so long on USA.) A fun, pulpy part for McGinley to really chew into, Tom Card would be a dramatic return to form for the actor after a decade on Scrubs.


9. Point Break, Ben Harp

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Every cop movie needs an exacerbated commanding officer at his wits’ end with the loose cannon on his force. McGinley took on this trope in Point Break, delivering a few shining moments in the action classic. This wasn’t the showiest of roles, but who among us hasn’t wanted to chew out Keanu Reeves and Gary Busey at some point? For one shining moment, McGinley got to live that dream.


8. 42, Red Barber

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Warner Bros.

McGinley is such a baseball fanatic that when he realized his neighbor, Brian Helgeland, was directing a movie about Jackie Robinson, he simply knocked on his door and asked to play legendary announcer Red Barber. Helgeland, amused that his friend was asking for a part instead of a cup of sugar, gave him a week to perfect the announcer’s distinctive voice. When McGinley nailed it, he was given the part on the spot. And if you watch the movie, you’d be hard-pressed to pick someone who could have done it any better.


7. Se7en, California

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New Line Cinema

McGinley is a rare actor who can play both the everyman and the macho killing machine. In the David Fincher classic Se7en, McGinley got to go full SWAT on us, as a no-nonsense cop determined to take down serial killer John Doe (Kevin Spacey). Sure, he would fail, playing right into the psychopath’s hands, but boy did he look like a badass doing it.


6. Any Given Sunday, Jack Rose

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Warner Bros.

Inspired by “love him or hate him” sports show host Jim Rome, McGinley played the snarky mouth of the sports world, constantly chipping away at Al Pacino’s head coach Tony D’Amato, until he snapped and attacked him. Mixing the dorkiness and bravado of the modern sports talk world to perfection, McGinley nails the nails on the chalkboard side of sports fandom.


5. Talk Radio, Stu

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Having played the part on stage at the legendary Public Theater, McGinley was the first and only choice to play Stu, the talk radio engineer who worked with, admired and resented Eric Bogosian’s caustic radio host. In a grounded movie filled with crackling dialogue, McGinley was a standout from the small ensemble.


4. Wall Street, Marvin

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20th Century Fox

Oliver Stone’s classic dissection of 1980s greed gave McGinley one of his most memorable parts. Wall Street famously picked apart the decade that gave us Donald Trump, looking at the strivers who would do anything to take part in those cocaine parties and caviar dreams. Some made it to the top, like Gordon Gecko (Michael Douglas), and some were left to fight for scraps, like poor Marvin. McGinley was a perfect fit for the stock slinger whose ego just wasn’t big enough, and whose morals were too pronounced to let him grasp the brass ring.


3. Platoon, Sgt. O’Neill

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Orion Pictures

Stone gave McGinley his big break in this classic war movie. Cast as the fast talking, fun-loving sergeant who finally snaps, desperate to get out of this hellish war alive, McGinley spent months in the swamps of the Philippines hoping the government would wait to be overthrown until the movie was finished.


2. Office Space, Bob Slydell

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20th Century Fox

Desperate to just be in the movie, which McGinley described as one of the funniest scripts he’d ever read, he took the role of one of the two “Bobs,” even though the parts had barely been written. Director Mike Judge promised the role would be fleshed out on set, and true to his word, the pair spent days coming up with what would become one of the most memorable scenes in the cult classic.


1. Scrubs, Dr. Perry Cox

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ABC Studios

McGinley almost didn’t get to play Dr. Cox — a character who, along with Dr. House, basically defined the modern version of the brilliant-but-surly doctor trope — even though the audition called for a “John C. McGinley type.” He had to audition multiple times, proving that the life of a character actor is never easy. Caustic, causally cruel, but with a heart of gold, Dr. Cox was the emasculating medical savant we all hope will save our lives one day. Sure, J.D. (Zach Braff) had to put up with his fair share of abuse (and female nicknames), but in the end no one could deny that Cox was one-of-a-kind. A truly classic sitcom character if there ever was one, Dr. Cox was proof that McGinley is as equally adept at comedy as he is at searing drama.

Watch John C. McGinley fight demons in a clip from IFC’s upcoming horror comedy Stan Against Evil! 

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Adulting Like You Mean It

Commuters makes its debut on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Jared Warner, Nick Ciavarella, and Tim Dean were once a part of Murderfist, a group of comedy writers, actors, producers, parents, and reluctant adults. Together with InstaMiniSeries’s Nikki Borges, they’re making their IFC Comedy Crib debut with the refreshingly-honest and joyfully-hilarious Commuters. The webseries follows thirtysomethings Harris and Olivia as they brave the waters of true adulthood, and it’s right on point.

Jared, Nick, Nikki and Tim were kind enough to answer a few questions about Commuters for us. Here’s a snippet of that conversation…

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IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Nick: Two 30-somethings leave the Brooklyn life behind, and move to the New Jersey suburbs in a forced attempt to “grow up.” But they soon find out they’ve got a long way to go to get to where they want to be.

IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jared: It’s a show about how f*cking stupid people who think they are smart can be.

IFC: What’s your origin story? When did you all meet and how long have you been working together?

Jared: Nick, Tim, and I were all in the sketch group Murderfist since, what, like 2004? God. Anyway, Tim and Nick left the group to pursue other frivolous things, like children and careers, but we all enjoyed writing together and kept at it. We were always more interested in storytelling than sketch comedy lends itself to, which led to our webseries Jared Posts A Personal. That was a show about being in your 20s and embracing the chaos of being young in the city. Commuters is the counterpoint, i guess. Our director Adam worked at Borders (~THE PAST!!~) with Tim, came out to a Murderfist show once, and we’ve kept him imprisoned ever since.

IFC: What was the genesis of Commuters?

Tim: Jared had an idea for a series about the more realistic, less romantic aspects of being in a serious relationship.  I moved out of the city to the suburbs and Nick got engaged out in LA.   We sort of combined all of those facets and Commuters was the end result.

IFC: How would Harris describe Olivia?

Jared: Olivia is the smartest, coolest, hottest person in the world, and Harris can’t believe he gets to be with her, even though she does overreact to everything and has no chill. Like seriously, ease up. It doesn’t always have to be ‘a thing.’

IFC: How would Olivia describe Harris?

Nikki:  Harris is smart, confident with a dry sense of humor but he’s also kind of a major chicken shit…. Kind of like if Han Solo and Barney Rubble had a baby.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Nikki:  I think this is the most accurate portrayal of what a modern relationship looks like. Expectations for what your life is ‘supposed to look like’ are confusing and often a let down but when you’re married to your best friend, it’s going to be ok because you will always find a way to make each other laugh.

IFC: Is the exciting life of NYC twentysomethings a sweet dream from which we all must awake, or is it a nightmare that we don’t realize is happening until it’s over?

Tim: Now that i’ve spent time living in the suburbs, helping to raise a two year old, y’all city folk have no fucking clue how great you’ve got it.

Nikki: I think of it similar to how I think about college. There’s a time and age for it to be glorious but no one wants to hang out with that 7th year senior. Luckily, NYC is so multifaceted that you can still have an exciting life here but it doesn’t have to be just what the twentysomethings are doing (thank god).

Jared: New York City is a garbage fire.

See the whole season of Commuters right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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A Man Mansplains To Men

Why Baroness von Sketch Show is a must-see.

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Mansplaining is when a man takes it upon himself to explain something to a woman that she already knows. It happens a lot, but it’s not going to happen here. Ladies, go ahead and skip to the end of this post to watch a free episode of IFC’s latest addition, Baroness von Sketch Show.

However, if you’re a man, you might actually benefit from a good mansplanation. So take a knee, lean in, and absorb the following wisdom.

No Dicks

Baroness von Sketch Show is made entirely by women, therefore this show isn’t focused on men. Can you believe it? I know what you’re thinking: how will we know when to laugh if the jokes aren’t viewed through the dusty lens of the patriarchy? Where are the thinly veiled penis jokes? Am I a bad person? In order: you will, nowhere, and yes.

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Huge Balls

Did you know that there’s more to life than poop jokes, sex jokes, body part jokes? I mean, those things are all really good things, natch, and totally edgy. But Baroness von Sketch Show does something even edgier. It holds up a brutal funhouse mirror to our everyday life. This is a bulls**t world we made, fellas.

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Oh Canada

After you watch the Canadian powerhouses of Baroness von Sketch Show and think to yourself “Dear god, this is so real” and “I’ve gotta talk about this,” do yourself a favor and think a-boot your options: Refrain from sharing your sage wisdom with any woman anywhere (believe us, she gets it). Instead, tell a fellow bro and get the mansplaining out of your system while also spreading the word about a great show.

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Dudes, that’s the deal.
Women, start reading again here:


Check out the preview episode of Baroness von Sketch Show and watch the series premiere August 2 on IFC.

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Binge Don’t Cringe

Catch up on episodes of Documentary Now! and Portlandia.

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A brain can only take so much.

Every five minutes, all day, every day, ludicrously stressful headlines push our mental limits as we struggle to adapt to a reality that seems increasingly less real. What’s a mind to do when simple denial just isn’t good enough anymore?

Radical suggestion: repeal and replace. And by that we mean take all the bad news that keeps you up at night, press pause, and substitute it with some genuine (not nervous, for a change) laughter. Here are some of the issues on our mind.

Gender Inequality

Feminist bookstore owners by day, still feminist bookstore owners by night, Toni and Candace show the male gaze who’s boss. Learn about their origin story (SPOILER: there’s an epic dance battle) and see what happens when their own brand of empowerment gets out of hand.

Healthcare

From Candace’s heart attack to the rise of the rawvolution, this Portlandia episode proves that healthcare is vital.

Peaceful Protests

Too many online petitions, too little time? Get WOKE with Fred and Carrie when they learn how to protest.

What Could Have Been

Can’t say the name “Clinton” without bursting into tears? Documentary Now!’s masterfully political “The Bunker” sheds a cozy new light on the house that Bill and Hill built. Just pretend you don’t know how the story really ends.

Fake News

A healthy way to break the high-drama news cycle is to switch over to “Dronez”, which has all the thrills of ubiquitous adventure journalism without any of the customary depression.

The more you watch, the better you feel. So get started on past episodes of Documentary Now! and Portlandia right now at IFC.com and the IFC app.

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