He Never Died, a Henry Rollins gem On Netflix

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  1. Tererun

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    So I love Henry Rollins in movies, and he never gets a good starring role IMO. I thought He Never Died was about Jesus until I saw he had a role in it and gave it a chance just on him. I was somewhat wrong about it being a jesus movie, and it was a good watch.

    First, they do niot let Henry off the hook to do his normal ranting, and he plays a very quiet roll. At first I thought it was bad acting and direction because he is clearly a bit off psychologically and he has those wild passionate eyes, but comes off more as an OCD introvert. I figured it was bad acting and direction until who he was is revealed. Once that happened things made sense.

    In the movie he plays an immortal character who clearly needs to eat people or drink blood or else the voices in his head seem to get worse. He is not your normal emo vampire type as he lives in his own little world and just wants to sleep and go to the diner. However, a daughter pops up and he gets targeted by some criminals and gets dragged into the regular world. That is all a bit confusing and not well explained, but the movie sort of does that. It lets you come to your own conclusions which is why they don't let Henry go on his traditional Rollins rants. If you let the movie run it does come to explain things to an extent and let you draw your own thoughts on his existence and what everything means.

    If you like Henry he does a good job and when you realize who he is he does play the character well. I will discuss the rest in spoilers because it is a reveal. I think the movie will have rewatch value knowing what the reveal is, but if you want to get the reveal beforehand I don't think it was much of a shock, and the movie might have been less confusing with the knowledge of who he was rather than thinking he is just some vampire type thing. I will leave it up to you.


    There is some blood but not much to be too squeemish over. Action wise it is somewhat boring, but he is an immortal with strength who does not seem to have any guiding power around him. The bad guys in the film just sort of seem to have stumbled on him and the guy who feeds him and learn the hard way you cannot fuck with him. I think if you like Henry it is worth a view to see him play the bad ass.

    After watching this someone has got to make a real constantine movie and get him to play constantine. Get him to learn to squint his eyes a bit and he would be perfect.
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  2. Spaceturkey

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    the TV Constantine (forget his name- Matt something) was actually pretty close to perfect.
    Besides, Henry's too old (59) unless you want to stick with the version that ages in real time? In which case, you might as well just get Sting.

    But yeah, he's generally pretty good playing himself.
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    He could still be made to look younger and I always saw constantine being around his early to late forties. I could be wrong as I am not that familiar with the backstory. Henry could certainly play a man in his forties today.
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    I jsut don't see him looking anything like Constantine of the comics, even during the character's 40s. Nowhere near the build or face for it, let alone the obligatory accent. It'd be as jarring as Mark Sheppard's character that showed up on Doom Patrol wearing the outfit and accent, but definitely not constantine.

    He's a unique character in comics as his birth year (1954, IIRC) has remained constant in relation to real time... or at least always did when i was collecting... and he's aged in book.
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    although, it should be noted that he is technically immortal and was shown to be alive at the end of all time in Books of Magic
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    Diacanu Comicmike. Writer

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    Henry Rollins is sill on my shit list for the crap he said about Robin Williams after his death.
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    I missed that?
    the usual whingey hipster argument about "someone else did that bit first"?
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    Words to the effect of he doesn't believe in depression, and people who kill themselves are just weak, and Williams disappoints and sickens him now, and yadda yadda.
    Words to those effect.
    Course, it came out later Williams had dementia that was going to kill him anyway, and he didn't want to go out losing his faculties, and being a burden, but I don't recall Rollins backing down even after that.
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    googled it... he walked it back within 48 hours, according to the publishing dates. (aug 21 and 23, 2014)

    Henry Rollins has apologized for the column he wrote for L.A. Weekly earlier this week criticizing Robin Williams over his suicide. In a note posted to his website on Friday evening, Rollins called the anger his article provoked “off the scale and in my opinion, well placed.”

    “That I hurt anyone by what I said, and I did hurt many, disgusts me. It was not at all my intent but it most certainly was the result,” he wrote. “I have had a life of depression. Some days are excruciating. Knowing what I know and having been through what I have, I should have known better but I obviously did not. I get so mad when I hear that someone has died this way. Not mad at them, mad at whatever got them there and that no one magically appeared to somehow save them.”

    In the original column, which was published on Thursday, Rollins excoriated Williams for traumatizing his three children by taking his life. While praising the actor’s talents and his work on USO tours, Rollins said that he regards people who have committed suicide “with a bit of disdain.” “I know they existed, yet they have nullified their existence because they willfully removed themselves from life,” he wrote. “They were real but now they are not.”
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    Ah, all righty then.
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    He speaks from the heart and has bad days where he says some outlandish shit that is going through his head without thinking of the consequences, but calms down and offers an apology. Or in other words seems pretty relatable to me. I don't find perpetually nice and non offensive people trustworthy. That is probably why I like him doing more of his spoken word rants in roles. I have been known to go on similar rants about cobain's suicide. So I cannot really get bothered by all of that.
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    Spaceturkey you can't spell hatred without "red hat"

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    to be honest, I kind of mixed up "now watch him die" the book title with the movie title in your OP.