"Get your motor running …" is the first thing that I think of when I see the name Ilan Mitchell-Smith [“A Hollywood Twist
,” Screens, Nov. 8, 2002]. I never thought of Mitchell-Smith as being "the other guy" in Weird Science
, rather as the guy who played Jim in The Wild Life
. Sure, Anthony Michael Hall had previously landed some good roles in major films with major stars, but Mitchell-Smith reeked of certain honesty as an actor that would allow him to “get away with stuff.”
I feel that Mitchell-Smith’s explanation of circumstances leading to his decision to leave his acting career behind has yet again shone upon us that same humble honesty that was once the “quality” he had been praised for in the film industry.
It is rumored that Mitchell-Smith will once again be blessing us with his presence in an upcoming documentary about director and writer John Hughes, which will be ever so sickeningly titled Don’t You Forget About Me
. And though it will not be a fantastic acting appearance, I feel that many will agree, seeing him again will be fantastic enough.
P.S. p.s. I am not now and have never been a prisoner of any sort nor do I look at pictures of shirtless men for arousal.