Thursday Fun Link

We’re often most ignorant about the things right under our noses. As someone born and raised here in Birmingham, I did not know until yesterday that Stay Hungry, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first role in which his actual voice was used, was filmed and set right here in Birmingham. It also stars Jeff Bridges, Sally Field and Freddy Krueger.

Fortunately, a friend of mine just received the DVD via Netflix, so we watched it last night. This film is unintentionally hilarious in so many ways. However, the last 20 minutes or so didn’t make any sense to me. If you’ve never heard of it or seen it, get it and invite friends over; well worth it.

Here’s the Wikipedia entry on it.

2 Responses to “Thursday Fun Link”  

  1. 1 kev

    DVD rental, $3.99
    Sally Field’s leotard, $12
    Arnold Schwarzenegger playing fiddle, priceless.

  2. 2 The 'Grove is in the heart

    Despite the terrible story and poor production values – and otherwise being one of the worst films ever made, Stay Hungry does boast a solid company of actors in its cast.

    An entire troupe of veteran (or would-be) character actors do their best to bring this cinematic stinker to life: the legendary Scatman Crothers, Robert Englund (Freddie Krueger), Ed Begley Jr., Joe Spinell (Balboa’s loan-shark employer in Rocky, Willie Cicci in The Godfather films), Roger Mosley (T.C. from Magnum, P.I.), local TV personality/actor/acclaimed author Fannie Flagg, and several more who would ring familiar if you saw them.

    Also included was area native R. G. Armstrong, who was born in Pleasant Grove. Armstrong is a UNC graduate and member of the Actors’ Studio. Having appeared in nearly every television series in the 60′s (particularly the westerns), he is a veteran of both Broadway and film as well. I remember him best from the forgettable 1986 Willie Nelson indie film Red Headed Stranger. He was also in such films as The Great White Hope, Predator, and Dick Tracy (as “Pruneface”). In Hungry, Armstrong plays the aged trainer/gym owner “Thor Erickson.”

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