By Amy Chesler
I hope this note finds you well because, to be blunt, moviegoers everywhere need you. Without getting too political, you seem to be just what the set medic ordered (badum-shhh).
For example, your role in Little Giants taught a whole lotta '90s kids (and parents, too) that you don’t have to be the biggest, fastest, or strongest to succeed. All you need is a little faith and a lot of tenacity. Go, Giants!
In the same vein, your role in Parenthood, Nathan Huffner, started as a hyper-focused dad who relates to his daughter via flash cards. But, when his wife stands up for what she believes is right, he listens and changes his perspective, teaching us that love conquers all. Those are the values I’m talking about.
Then there was Barney Rubble, stand-up guy and true BFF. I mean, in The Flinstones he finagles things so he can pass along his promotion to his best friend, Fred. I can’t remember the last time I witnessed such loyalty.
And no plea would be complete without a nod to Dark Helmet. If Spaceballs taught us anything, it’s that laughter can absolve us of most of our worries (at least in the moment).
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Hollywood can be a crazy place. We all learned of the dangers of celebrity firsthand from your character Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors. But, Seymour (with a little help from Danny O’Shea) taught us that although one must know when to call it quits, we also have to know when to re-enter the game.
Thanks for your time, Rick. I know it’s precious, but so is your contribution to the film world. Hopefully you’ll give us some more (your recent Goldbergs cameo wasn’t enough!).
Amy B. Chesler
(DVD Netflix Director)
Amy Chesler is an author, content creator, blogger, and family woman from Los Angeles, California. Her most recent publications include four different contributions in six different Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, as well as her first solo children’s book, A Man and His Books. Follow her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ABCauthor1), Twitter (@abcauthor), or Instagram (@abc_author) for updates, giveaways, and much more!