It won’t be long before the self-serving awards shows honoring pretty people will be on TV. The Oscars. The Golden Globes. People’s Choice. Screen Actors’ Guild. All that other vapid crap that my wife will lap up like a thirsty hound. And undoubtedly these shows will feature a touching “In Memoriam ” segment honoring the actors, directors, etc. who passed in 2014. Sure, it’s sad that we’ve lost the likes of Edward Herrmann, Joan Rivers, Richard Attenborough and Robin Williams in the past year – so honor them up!
But never has the passing of a Hollywood type caused such hand-wringing, mourning, weeping and gnashing of teeth around the James household than did the passing of Jax Teller. Charlie Hunnam, the actor who portrayed Jax, is still alive and well. That matters not to Mrs. James. In Julie’s world, Jax did a voluntary face plant into the front end of an 18-wheeler and that is cause for much grief. Forget that Charlie lives, Jax is dead and that’s all that matters.
So the way I see it, sometimes the passing of a fictitious character causes more disdain than does the passing of the actor themselves. That’s why I was thrilled to see this memorial reel honoring the fictitious characters we lost in 2014. We mourn the passing of their characters and the spin offs that could have been…
(Spoiler alert – if you’re not caught up on your favorite TV shows, don’t watch this, if you know what I mean…)