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Two short essays about CKR

These are taken from a Latin American fanzine and a Spanish language blog, Callum Keith Rennie en español. I am posting for kristadarky who found and translated these for the CKR Files.


Although he’s a very good actor, Callum Keith Rennie has played some roles repeatedly.

Perhaps some directors think he has the right type for the role or perhaps they have seen him in a similar role before and thought he did a good job or perhaps Rennie just feels comfortable doing that kind of roles; but the truth is there are few actors who have played the same kind of roles so many times.

Let’s see the first case: detectives. Rennie has played detectives six or more times. In different kind of movies (television or cinema) and series. He played the American detective “Stanley Raymond Kowalsky” for more than a year in the Canadian series “Due South”, he also played detectives in movies like, “Murder Seen” (Det. Keegan), “Butterfly On A Wheel” (Det. McGrath), “Torso: The Evelyn Dick Story” (Inspector Wood) and “The Invisible” (Det. Brian Larson). In the “Da Vinci’s Inquest” series he played “Detective Bob Marlowe”. In every role he played different personalities for the detectives, sometimes he portrayed them as serious, workaholic, strict guys, sometimes they were joyful, funny and witty. In this category we should also include cops, sheriffs and guards.

But Rennie has also played criminals or guys with some kind of psychopathic behavior, and that’s because this Canadian actor likes to go from one extreme to the other. He has played about eight criminals. In the “Dead Zone” series he played “Max”, a former boyfriend who was jealous, possessive and hit women; in “Trapped” (a television movie) he brought to life “Anthony Bellio”, he’s not a criminal or so, but he felt he was always right and is rude to everyone, even his wife; a bit like “Roy” the character Rennie played in “Supernatural”, an intransigent and close-minded hunter; in “Unnatural & Accidental” he played an aborigine women rapist and serial killer; in an episode of the “Smallville” series called “Fragile” he was “Tyler McKing” a father with supernatural power over glass and crystal who is out of jail trying to find his daughter; in the movie “Memento” he played a very small part as “Dodd”, a drug dealer who tries to kill Guy Pierce’s character; in “Tin Man” he was the evil “Zero” and in “Blade:Trinity” he played “Asher Talos” a smart and lethal vampire. In the pilot of “Tru Calling”, Rennie played “Elliot Winters” a married executive who has a blonde lover who tells him she’s pregnant, “Winters” then leaves her but she tells him she’s going to tell everything to his wife. In that situation “Winters” gets out of control and turns in to a violent man.

But let’s not forget his roles in “The Commish”, “Suspicious River” or “Falling Angels”.

Either on the side of the law or not, Callum Keith Rennie always bring passion to his performances, even when he plays a grandfather!

Author: Duffa

Callum Rennie fanzine, Latinamerica.

Date: December 2006


It has happened to a lot of actors and actresses, not just Callum Keith Rennie.

Every time a journalist writes something about Rennie what is more remarked is his very good looks (tall, blond, blue eyes), sometimes he’s even called “the Canadian Brad Pitt” (which he hates). This happens in magazines, newspapers, television, internet… everywhere.

Yes, it’s true, some journalists are more objective and highlight his incredible talent for acting, but they’re just a few.

Rennie suffers the “Valentino syndrome” as many other actors, his good looks stand out his talent. It’s not he’s better looking than talented, but his attractiveness is a distraction for the critics of his work as a performer. It seems directors don’t get stuck in his good looks because Rennie has played different roles like criminals, detectives and marginal guys, but he’s never cast as a ladies’ man or so.

Other actors who have suffered the “Valentino syndrome” are: Brad Pitt, Jude Law, Jared Leto, Antonio Banderas, Tom Cruise, etc. Who cares if you are a good actor or not when you look that damn good?.

As time goes by, Callum Keith Rennie has been losing his sweet and childish features of the 90’s era and he has becoming a strong features man or “an interesting man” as I’ve heard people calling him.

Would he be taken seriously by the critics now he’s 48 years old?. Would he stop being a pretty face to become a serious and deep actor?.

We hope he gets the recognition he truly deserves at last, from now on, no matter how he looks.

Author: Alexa Toloza

Blog: Callum Keith Rennie en español

Date: January 2008.

In conclusion, there are CKR fanzines in Latin America! \c/


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May. 18th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
In conclusion, there are CKR fanzines in Latin America!


I love that the second article is working off the assumption that CKR has mainstream good looks. o.O ♥
May. 18th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
International Superstar INDEED! \c/

And hee, yes, I was a bit puzzled by that as well. The eyes of the beholder. *g*
May. 18th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
omfg, an Asher mentioning. That totally made my day \o/
May. 18th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
HEE! You are so EASY! <3
May. 18th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)

In conclusion, there are CKR fanzines in Latin America! \c/

And that's just so cool in any language. *g* Thanks for sharing these!

May. 18th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
Very true. I wonder if there are also some in, like, Russia? Japan? France? *curious now*
May. 18th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
Sweet! TY for sharing. I wonder if Callum knows about these?
May. 18th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
Good question. I have no idea. Possibly? I guess you have always someone who writes a fan letter or asks for an autograph or something.
May. 19th, 2008 03:54 am (UTC)
There's a far more direct way to make sure he knows.... STUART?!?!?! LOL
May. 18th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
Huh, interesting. Spotty translation. I wonder what "or so" is supposed to mean at the end of a sentence. It appears in both articles.

Anyway, the idea that his looks obscure his acting is just...wow. Hard to fathom. Are they talking about the same guy? You guys know I think he's smoking hot, but I didn't have that reaction to him when I first saw him, which would have been in the Forever Knight episode, and then later in DS. Yes, he was beautiful when he played that detective in Forever Knight, but...he essentially played a bad guy! Well, a morally compromised person, anyway. And he played him well, so I didn't think, "Ooh, hot!"--I thought, "dangerous guy! Watch out!" :) When I first saw him in DS ("Burning Down the House") I was 1) upset over the loss of Ray Vecchio--yes! me! I was upset! and B) hating RayK's "grunge" clothes, which style was new-ish at the time and annoying to me. I thought he was a twenty-something Gen-Xer because of the clothes. Had NO IDEA he was my age. (Speaking of which! The second article says he's 48. Not so! We are both still 47 until September. :) And mostly I was just trying to follow all the BDtH banter and absorb the HUGE stylistic change in DS. Well, it seemed huge at the time. In some ways it really was.

Er, my point: It was CKR's acting--as RayK--that got my attention and won me over. I can even tell you when. It didn't really happen back when the show aired. It happened when the DVDs finally came out. When I saw the DS episode "The Ladies' Man" again, in 2005, I was bowled over, and that's when I started looking for his other work.

Before that, I was watching DS because of Fraser, not Ray. Totally true! I can hardly believe it now. :)
May. 19th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, well, I kind of like the translation? It's... charming. To me at least. :)

And I guess "or so" means "or something like that".

About his looks... well. I watched Memento after I had watched all of Due South, some of the episodes more than once. And even though I knew he was in there at that time - I didn't even recognize him. I guess he takes some getting used to. But once you are... well, we know how that is. Might cloud your judgment a bit. And, well, I guess that little story tells you that for me? Yeah. Due South was all about Fraser as well. I guess it took me... something like half a year to seek out dS related stuff on the internet, and then about five more years to feel any interest about that RayK guy. So, you know? I get what you mean.
May. 18th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
In conclusion, there are CKR fanzines in Latin America!

\o/ Next stop: World Domination. Hehe.
May. 19th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
Isn't it just awesome? And, okay, it might be a leetle bit longer until world domination. But still! \c/
May. 18th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
May. 19th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
May. 19th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, interesting.
May. 19th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
Fanzines! In Latin America! \c/
May. 21st, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
Yay for International Callum!

(from detectives to criminals characters) that’s because this Canadian actor likes to go from one extreme to the other.
Well he did say he played bad guys like he played cops, or rather the reverse probably, so I don't think that would be the best example for his acting range. when he plays a grandfather is more like it - though, grandfather... I had to think this one over one minute!

Valentino syndrome is a new one! Maybe watching Torso? For me too it took some time to get the good looks impression, a mixing of some hot flashes, striking poses, the way he moves and talks... but then, he's been compared to Brad Pitt already, so... probably depends on the goggles you're wearing?
May. 26th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
so I don't think that would be the best example for his acting range

Hee, yes. I actually just posted these ones because I was so excited about FANZINES IN LATIN AMERICA. But you are right. And, yeah. the grandfather thing. It's still... i think it was strange enough to see him as a father. The grandfather thing wasn't really... I mean... well.

I was surprised about the Valentino syndrome as well. I didn't even recognize him in Memento, even though I had watched all of Due South by then. So, yes, I guess it takes a while.
Jun. 3rd, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
Callum Keith Rennie is the best!
In the film Flower and Garnet Callum's role as the father is touching and emotional. You just want to hug him! I think he could take on any role...any type of character if given the opportunity. Because I play a glamorous vampire locally, I was totally intrigued by his Asher Talos; so I plan to borrow just a little for my lady vampire character. I also love him as Leoben Conoy on BSG and Zero in Tin Man. I can't wait to see more CKR genius in new upcoming films.
Jun. 3rd, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Callum Keith Rennie is the best!
Flower & Garnet is quite awesome indeed. As is Asher. *g*
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