Cheers & Jeers: CSI and Lights Out — Fears of a Clown
Laurence Fishburne, Bill Irwin
Cheers to CSI and Lights Out for putting Bill Irwin in touch with his dark side.
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A graduate of Barnum & Bailey's Clown College, Irwin was best known for his side-splitting, silent slapstick routines in Broadway revues like Fool Moon and his rubbery antics as "Mr. Noodle" on Sesame Street's "Elmo's World" segment. After winning a 2005 Tony as Best Actor for the knock-down, drag-out drama Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? he's landed gutwrenching roles on a pair of dead-serious shows.
On FX's rookie boxing drama Lights Out, he's positively magnetic as Hal Brennan, a gangster who's worming his way into the family of ex-heavyweight champ Lights Leary (Holt McCallany) by any means necessary. And he's skin-crawlingly creepy on CSI as Nate Haskell, the weaselly serial-killer nemesis who shanked Dr. Raymond Langston (Laurence Fishburne). After failing to sway a jury that he was not guilty by reason of insanity, Haskell slithered away from a prison bus and will no doubt haunt CSI again.
Not so Justin Bieber, whose bratty-teen, Jason McCann, was gunned down in a hail of Bonnie & Clyde-style bullets by the Vegas cops. And you thought Bieber Fever sufferers were steamed when he lost the Best New Artist Grammy to Esperanza Spalding!
Are you happy to see Bill Irwin playing it straight — and to see Justin Bieber go down?
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