Friday, July 21, 2006

Haahnster's Favorite Entertainment Coincidences: The "Gimp" Connection

This guy is actor, Peter Greene. As his Wikipedia entry states, "Peter Greene should not be confused with Peter Green of the band Fleetwood Mac." This is true. It might also be helpful to say, "The Fleetwood Mac of Peter Green should not be confused with the much shittier incarnation of the band that sold a bazillion copies of an LP called Rumours." But, maybe I'm the only one who would say that.

What I did not see in Peter Greene's Wikipedia entry was any reference to what I like to call The "Gimp" Connection. It's one of my favorite coincidences in the entertainment world. I believe Peter Greene to be the only actor ever to have used the term "gimp" in two major films of the last half of the 20th century. Pretty impressive.

Pulp Fiction (1994) - Peter Greene, as "Zed", the chopper-riding, ass-raping, S&M dude, says, "Bring out the gimp."

Usual Suspects (1995) - Peter Greene, as "Redfoot", the diamond fence, says in response to being asked what to do with a bag of drugs, "Feed it to the gimp."

Stunning, isn't it? Of course, I am easily amused.


Blogger Beth said...

Now I'll have to watch The Usual Suspects this weekend to catch the second gimp quip.

And I'm with you on the 'Mac comment. One "Oh Well" trumps many, many Rumours.

6:40 AM, July 21, 2006  
Blogger Dale said...

Turns out I'm stunned too!

6:50 AM, July 21, 2006  
Blogger Keith Kennedy said...

You had better watch your back talking about Stevie the Witch like that. I'd hate to see you turned into a toad........

Peter Green is very scary. Looks like a radiated first cousin of Peter Weller. And he was Robocop.

Which pretty much made him a gimp before he got all that hi-tech equipment grafted onto his body.

I wonder how the Detroit police is doing anyway?

8:34 AM, July 21, 2006  
Blogger Old Lady said...

Granted Fleetwood Mac was better in the early years, I prefer Christine McVie to Stevie any day.

Any way, one wouldn't expect a whole lot of PC from Usual Suspects or Pulp Fiction, as a matter of fact gimp is a pretty tame word.

10:14 AM, July 21, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...

Beth: I hope you're saying watch it again. If you've never seen it, though, that's cool too. I'll expect a full report.

Dale: I understand.

Keith: He was a scary loking dude in The Mask, too. Yikes!

Old Lady: "Gimp" is a pretty tame word, I would agree. It is also a word that I have not heard in many movies. Thus, I was "stunned" by the coincidence of the same actor having used it in 2 different films, both of which I happen to love!

11:18 AM, July 21, 2006  
Blogger Beth said...

I have seen The Usual Suspects many times, of course, but it has been a few years. Good excuse for a rental.

1:30 PM, July 21, 2006  
Blogger Beth said...

You gonna join me on Guilty Pleasures Week, Haahnster?

Monday: TV
Tuesday: Music
Wednesday: Movies
Thursday: Books
Friday: Free-for-all


4:18 PM, July 21, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...

Food for thought this weekend...

Sounds like a good possibility.

4:51 PM, July 21, 2006  
Blogger Beth said...

KEITH - DALE - OLD LADY - and the rest of you Haahnster fans - join us for Guilty Pleasures week. Let's see who has the most embarrassing secrets in their closets.

5:16 PM, July 21, 2006  
Blogger Beth said...

Haahnster — A friend of Write Procrastinator:

7:29 PM, July 21, 2006  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Great, now you've got both movies and the lyrics to "Oh, Well" stuck in my head.

Of course, either the Gimp or Verbal Kimt (that rhymes!) can sing to Peter between the takes "I can't help about the shape I'm in
My face ain't pretty and my legs are thin."

Check out Peter in an old indie that came out around '93, "The Laws of Gravity." The virtual debut of Edie Falco.

7:31 PM, July 21, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...

"Oh Well", and all of my Then Play On LP are screaming to be reviewed!!!

"The Laws of Gravity" - I'll see if I can run that down, WP. I'm always on the lookout for lesser-known material by great guitarists.

8:28 PM, July 21, 2006  
Blogger Laaw-yuhr said...

That is stunning!

11:11 PM, July 21, 2006  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...


Thanks for plugging S.W.'s work.


"The Laws of Gravity" - I'll see if I can run that down, WP. I'm always on the lookout for lesser-known material by great guitarists."

Sorry, I should've slapped "film" on the other side of "indie." If I didn't try to catch up with all of my blogging in a single day, I could've added this link and it would've been clearer

Nicky Gomez directed it and he went on to direct some really good "Sopranos" episodes.

Greene was in it along with a bunch of great actors, including the aforementioned Falco. Everybody in this film would go onto to appear in all the "Law And Order" franchises and just about every movie that you've seen shot around Jersey and NYC

1:21 AM, July 22, 2006  
Blogger haahnster said...

L-Y: Welcome to the ranks of the stunned.

WP: Apparently, I didn't follow my own advice, and confused Peter Greene with Peter Green.

Now, the Edie Falco reference makes more sense!!!

7:30 AM, July 22, 2006  

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