Wilford Brimley in The Thing (1982)

Outpost 31 Says Farewell

Left: Cover to No Playtime for Amy; Right: Wilford Brimley in The Thing (1982)
Wilford Brimley in The Thing (1982)

No one associated with The Thing (1982) is in any way endorsing my ebook, let me make that clear. The reasons for the link, screen cap & clip are to show you why I patterned a character after Wilford Brimley. This film, and his performance, resonated when I first saw it at the Sunrise Multiplex with James Capo in 1982, and it still resonates with me today. In honor of that, I created the character in No Playtime For Amy, another grim tale of ‘survival’. Thank you, John Carpenter for one of my fave films of all time and thank you, Wilford Brimley for stealing all the scenes you did.

Wilford Brimley
Sept 27, 1934 – August 1, 2020

I threw the emergency brake on this week’s ebook release due to the sad death of actor Wilford Brimley at 85. I decided we’d hype the ebook with the Wilford character I created based on his performance in The Thing, and to announce the impending pull of that book from my Kindle page for a while. No, I’m not trying to capitalize on the guy’s death. This book has been out a while. If you have a copy, awesome, ignore this and wait 2 weeks and the next one’ll be up as promised.

If not… If you haven’t seen John Carpenter’s The Thing, go on Netflix or Hulu or wherever you stream your movies from, and even if you have to pay a couple of bucks, rent it. Make a big bucket of popcorn, turn the A/C on HIGH for a half hour, and then kill the lights and sit down for a great horror/sci-fi classic. If you want to read my ebook after that, I’m certainly not gonna complain. If you do, though, you’ll know why this character had to be Wilford Brimley. His look, his voice, his attitude. He’s Blair, that’s all there is to it.

Rest well, Wilford, thanks for many a great role and never disappointing in anything I caught you in.

No Playtime for Amy (via Amazon / Kindle)

Wilford Brimley, Blair, The Thing:

I have no idea how many services offer The Thing, but here’s a link. Enjoy the watch. (You’re welcome.): Amazon Prime

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