I'm a bit of a TV junkie. I like the certain shows I watch and certain ones stick out to me more than others.I've been thinking about this post for a bit and wanted to share my thoughts on Zach Braff Versus Zachary Levi. In no way is my blog going to become a celeb gossip channel, BUT I love TV & Film and my thoughts on the rising and not so rising stars are important... at least I think so. I also think these guys have a connection, other than their names, that makes me think you need to be of certain ancestry to get into show biz...
Zach Braff hit the scene with the quirky comedy "Scrubs" He was virtually a nobody before Scrubs. He was a struggling actor, living in LA and waiting tables. He had done an after school special and a few other spots, but nothing big.
Scrubs is what ignited his career. From there he went on to write, direct and star in his own movie "Garden State" and then fizzled his way out of the big screen with movies like Last Kiss, The Ex and the oh so terrible Disney animated movie Chicken Little.
I'm not an expert, just my observations, but Braff seemed to get too big too fast. Scrubs was his staple and I loved every season he was in, except the last. His quirky, girlish nature on the show was heartfelt, funny and uplifting. I think he's an amazing actor in the right role, but my personal opinion, for what it's worth, is he may have done too much too soon.
Zach, it was fun, but you need to re-invent yourself. John Dorian is gone, Andrew Largeman is happy now and Chocolate Bear ain't coming home no more. Thanks buddy. I hope to see you again soon.
Zachary bounced around from show to show, from small part to small part until the right show came along for him... "Chuck" The nerdy, geek community embraced the Buy More, Morgan, Sarah and Chuck in the first season and it continues to deliver the action, sexiness and nerdiness we all love and adore.
Chuck has sparked Zachary's big screen career, much like Scrubs sparked Zach Braff's. From Chuck, Zachary went on to do a small role in Alvin & the Chipmunks 2... not a great movie, but a start. He's lent his voice to several big name video games (Halo & Fallout) and most recently to the animated movie from Disney "Tangled" as Flynn Rider... you know the guy with the smolder.
Perhaps Zachary is learning from his nerdy predecessor. Perhaps Zachary is taking it slower and making the right choices. Time will tell.
What was Braff thinking with Chicken Little??? The Ex? Did he not read the scripts??
I do know that both actors are great with slap stick humor, have done some great TV series, are examples that the little guy can make it in Hollywood and that there is a place for the nerd on the small or big screen. Now if Zachary would just do a "Guy Love" style song with his character on Chuck. It would make me happy.
Kudos to you both. You entertain the masses. I just hope one of you can last longer on screen than the other.
Cheers, Matthew A. Hawkins