Friday, June 26, 2009

Nerd Girl of Note #37

Well, we have had thirty-six NGoNs so far, and I realized I never quite explained the concept, but I imagine many of you know where I am. For anyone who is confused, there are a few things that would qualify you. One is being a fanboy icon. The other is to be a female nerd with some fame. This week's entry scores on both points. Sure, she is a high powered Hollywood star whose relationships are discussed on Access Hollywood and such, but deep down I think we all have a sister in Scarlett Johansson.

First, the movie that got her noticed was Ghost World (2001), a comicbook adaptation where she played Rebecca, best friend of Thora Birch's Enid. The two play unmotivated high school outsiders who have graduated. Birch is the star, but Rebecca is Enid's foil. Since graduating she decides she can't be a slacker forever and becomes serious about her life; a path Enid is against. Johansson has this great raspy voice and adds a lot to the film.

Second, it is not uncommon for an actress to capitalize on her popularity by recording an album. Whether Johansson decided to do an album, or if it was suggested by others, she recorded an album of Tom Waits covers. As far as I am concerned, Tom Waits fans are nerds. Side note, David Bowie does some background vocals.

I really think that not only could Scarlett tell you what a twenty-sider is, but she could describe some advantages there are to playing a halfling. Add her alleged cyber-stalking of then-candidate Obama, her roles in Eight Legged Freaks, The Spirit, and Lost in Translation, and you have someone with substantial nerd-cred.


Gilligan said...

Noticed what constitutes nerdliness has become increasingly broad? Soon everything on earth will be considered nerdy except NASCAR, sausage biscuits and Sean Hannity.

Darius Whiteplume said...

That might be the internet's fault. You can find so much minutiae on everything these days that you can take a nerd-like interest in most topics.

My theory on NASCAR (never pubished) is that it plays on latent-homosexual urges. In "Rebel Without a Cause" Natalie Wood wants to sleep with James Dean. Sal Mineo does not. No space to expound completely here, but lets just say, if you wear a t-shirt with another guy's name on it, you just might let him fuck you. Just sayin'. This might explain why Danica Patrick has such a hard time getting any respect?

Just an observation, mind you. I do not have a problem with NASCAR or latent-homosexual urges.

The Honorable said...

Let's not forget the several movies she did with Woody Allen.

Darius Whiteplume said...

This is true. Few outside technology and gaming are more arch-nerds than Allen.

Mickey Glitter said...

And she's damn cute in those glasses...though a bit young for me and far too American!!

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

The cutest bad actress ever. Thank god we have something to look at while waiting for her scenes to end.

Darius Whiteplume said...

Believe it or not, I have only seen "Ghost World" - well, I saw "Eight Legged Freaks" but to not remember ScarJo. "Ghost World" is not a fair one for me to judge by, since I was fixated on the raven-cum-purple locks of the goddess that is Thora Birch. [sigh] :-D

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