But I’ve wandered from my original subject, which is the actor who plays Carl. Carl is the sidekick who does triple duty as the bookish researcher, supplier of lethal gadgetry, and comic relief. From his first appearance (in a hidden laboratory in the bowels of Vatican City with a hilariously pansecular staff—it’s like the Austin Powers version of the U.N., in which the Spanish delegates are a matador and a flamenco dancer), I found myself staring at his face, muttering, I’ve seen this guy, I know this guy, who the hell is that?
The answer, as those of you who read the subject field have probably guessed, is David Wenham, a.k.a. Faramir in Lord of the Rings. When I read his name in the credits I went into full omigod forehead-slap mode. I mean, aside from his haircut he looks exactly as he did in LOTR, yet I utterly failed to recognize him because the performances are so completely different.
Now that is acting.