When I was assembling the cast for the animated Manic Expression movie, I knew I was in dangerous waters. After all, our whole policy here is â€œno stars,â€ and I was putting together a group of people to be the stars of our biggest project to date. I had hundreds of people to chose from and I had to whittle the cast down to a still jam packed nine. Some people just jumped out at me as obvious: BigBlackHatMan was a given. Not only is heÂ a staple here at Manic Expression, but having a cowboy character was just too much fun to pass up. Decker was an obvious choice, as I needed someone to be a more scientific character. Lady Dandy has a goofy charm that was just right for a female lead.
Choosing these nine performers was very difficult, and yet, in the end, I came up with an undeniably strong line-up. I knew what â€œtypesâ€ of characters I needed, and I cast accordingly. Yet there was one person I didnâ€™t have a part for, one person I desperately wanted in the movie but struggled to find a role for him to fill. That someone was Gurning Chimp.
Iâ€™ve been a fan of Gurning Chimp since he joined the site early on. He gave one of the strongest interviews, in my opinion, in Creative Chaos, and I always enjoyed being on a podcast where he was also featured. Gurning just makes me laugh. Heâ€™s got that dry British wit, yet with a sense of playfulness, that I simply had to have in the movie.
Overtime weâ€™ve seen less of Gurning Chimp around here at Manic Expression. Life gets in the way, I suppose. He pops up on the occasional podcast but we donâ€™t see much of Britpop Corner. He did play a significant role in A Site in Scarlet, and remains committed to the animated film, but as far as regular content from the man himself…not so much.
And you know what? Thatâ€™s okay. Many people here at Manic Expression feel a sense of duty to post something once a week. If they miss a deadline they beat themselves up. If they think they canâ€™t post as regularly as they once did they take to the blog section to make a big declaration about how they are leaving us (I often times see these and panic, thinking they are suicide notes – MAKE YOUR HEADLINES CLEAR, PEOPLE!). But you donâ€™t owe Manic Expression anything. This place is your home, where you can have fun and express your thoughts in a safe place. You come and go as you please, and if you need a break weâ€™ll always be here when you return.
I eagerly await the chance to work with Gurning Chimp on the animated movie. The part heâ€™s being written, courtesy of SomeJerkFromBoston, is quintessentially British and a terrific addition to an already strong script. And yet I know, even as I read SomeJerkâ€™s very funny words, that Gurning Chimp will take those lines and make them so much stronger. Heâ€™s funny and talented, but just as importantly heâ€™s got a good heart, and I know that in the end thatâ€™s what weâ€™ll all love about his character.