Max Adler: Awesome Personified

Is there no end to Max Adler’s awesomeness? Surely, this man has a weakness somewhere… but I don’t see it. Of course I’m nobody – I don’t know him personally and I don’t even dream of ever meeting him because the distance between us is just too far. But, seriously, can he get any more awesome? (I’m betting he can.)

I am sitting here, just wondering why he is not more popular and playing in more movies because every time he does something, my mind always gets blown.

What brought this new case of Max Adler worship on, you ask? If you read the interview by Brandon Voss of TheAdvocate.com of Mr. Adler (Max Adler: Closet Geek) that was just released mere hours ago, you would know.

I struggle with words to express just how much I appreciate this man and his talent and his attitude in general. I tried writing something that wouldn’t sound too much like fangirl gushing, but I fail miserably. Because the truth is, everything that Max Adler does makes me want to get on my knees and worship the very ground he walks on. It could be the way he words his opinions in interviews that clearly shows that he is much more than just “some guy who plays this guy on television”. It could also be the care he shows into the character he plays in Glee or perhaps even just the way he’s always so generous with compliments for his co-stars. It’s definitely the way he  supports the LGBT community and organizations like The Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Trevor Project. It’s most decidedly also the way he owns the suit he’s wearing for the photos in that interview.

Then I look at this:

Another downside of Karofsky’s suicide is that you wouldn’t be on the show anymore.
Yes, that would be bad, because I would love to do this forever. But if they did go that way with the story line, I know it would be for the best, I would carry it out wholeheartedly, and I know it could make a big difference.

And it struck me just how devoted he is to his craft and what it represents. I have no doubt that he would do a good job playing Karofsky’s death (though the gods of TV forbid – knock on wood, please don’t let it come to that!) because that’s just the kind of actor he is. I have a feeling that not only would he deliver a brilliant performance, but he’d also try to soothe his character’s supports and his own fans afterwards. If Karofsky has to go in that painful way, then let me tell you: he’d die a glorious death because Max Adler would make sure of it.

Having said that, of course I’m not in favor of a suicidal!Karofsky storyline (I don’t think they’d go that way, anyway; not after the “Prom Queen”). My wish for Karofsky in the next season is actually outlined by Voss and Adler in the interview:

I hope you get to smile more next season.
Thank you. It’s fun playing the bad guy, but it’s fun to smile too.

If nothing else – if he doesn’t end up coming out and getting (Kurt Hummel) as a boyfriend – then I would want to see more of Dave’s smile. Not the smirky smile he did as he proudly announced what the Bully Whips were doing for Kurt. Not the uncertain half smile he gave Schuester when the teacher told him that he could be one of the more talented guys in the school. But an honest-to-god I-am-freaking-happy smile like the one he did before running out on to the field and joining his teammates for a halftime performance of Thriller and Heads Will Roll. (And in case anybody’s wondering: Yes, I remember all of Dave Karofsky’s smiles from Season 2. I have them – plus all of his sad faces – permanently etched into my memory. They’re that memorable – much thanks to Mr. Adler.)

So, earlier this year I said I was in support of Karofsky because I want to see Adler nail the character and receive praise for his performance as the (former) bully. I got my wish: Adler is certainly not lacking of thumbs up from many sides for his performance. But now I have a whole different wish. I still want to see Adler receive even more praise for playing Karofsky, I am so rooting for this actor to go far with his career. If I were a director in need of a fresh talent in my movie, he’d be my first pick. (Him and Sam Claflin of Pirates of the Caribbean fame, actually, but that’s beside the point.)

Unfortunately, I am no filmmaker – just an oft-frustrated movie reporter who writes mostly Harry Potter-related articles for a living. That’s why I can only hope and pray that Max Adler reaches the top. It would be ideal for him to play, possibly, a dwarf in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit or an FBI agent in a blockbuster summer movie released next year. But I’d settle for just about any big screen movie that would gain him recognition and accolades for his work. He’ll get there eventually… and I’ll be cheering him on all the way.

Lastly:

In my fantasies, he’s modeling Zegna and will be considered for the role of James Bond. A girl can dream, right?

My TV screen needs more Dave Karofsky

I never thought the day would come when I finally say this. Granted, I have been waxing poetic on Max Adler’s mad acting skills in the past few posts, but I still didn’t think I would actually say this. I’m going to say it, though, even at the risk of sounding overly dramatic: I miss Dave Karofsky, Glee’s resident bully and Kurt Hummel’s tormentor.

It’s been three episodes since the epic 11th episode of Glee, “The Sue Sylvester Shuffle”, and I haven’t seen hide nor hair of Karofsky. I’m also hearing rumors he won’t be in the next one either. I don’t exactly know how the Murphy-Falchuk-Brennan collective brain works, but I somehow find that the continued absence of Dave Karofsky after such a thrilling episode in which he is the central character complete and utterly perplexing.

YES, I know he’s just a minor character. YES, I know he’s still very much the villain at this point. YES, I know that there are other storylines that need to be explored.

But can I help it if I find that my screen now looks a bit dull without this ‘colorful’ character on it?

Perhaps I was spoiled by the 11th episode. Never in my wildest imagination did I expect that Glee‘s biggest episode to date (big, as in “big budgeted, big scaled, big number of viewers”) would be a Dave Karofsky-centric episode. It came as a surprise to me that half the show (this episode was close to 50 minutes long in total, sans commercial; 10 minutes longer than a regular episode) was all about the bully. It was also shocking that Karofsky got to sing (a little) and dance (a lot). Whenever the camera would zoom in on him, I dropped my jaw in fascination. At that time, the trio of creators seemed really, in all seriousness, developing the character’s story. It was as if they were saying, “Hey look! We just added a new dimension to this character and we want you, Karofsky haters, to change their minds about him.” Even if his background story was not really told, you could clearly see that there was more to the ‘ham hock’ than just brawn and bluster. And, judging from the massive amount of Tweets saying “I now feel sorry for Karofsky” and “poor Karofsky; I hope he gets redeemed” which led to Karofsky being a worldwide trending topic during the episode, it looks like they succeeded with the mission.

Let me tell you at this point how immensely proud I am of Max Adler for nailing not just one or two scenes, but the whole episode. But that is, of course, to be expected. I’ve already written once about how I think he is a good actor, so no wonder he did well here. Kudos anyway, Mr. Adler, for the a job well done.

Naturally after such an episode of huge importance like that, I expected him to be included in the next few ones as well. So when he wasn’t, I was disappointed. The first time Karofsky failed to show up in the V-day episode, I sighed. The second time he failed to show up in the pointless episode that was “Comeback”, I started to get angry. Really angry. And finally, when he didn’t show up, drunk or otherwise, in the one before this hiatus, I am just plain desperate. That’s been three weeks… no, almost a month, without any sneer, frown or growl of David Karofsky. And I’m like an addict who hasn’t gotten her fix and doesn’t know what to do with myself.

Sure, I distracted myself with other awesome shows like Being Human (UK) and Hawaii Five-0, and stalking Max Adler on his Twitter, hoping against hope that he would say something like, “I’m coming back on the show… and I’m having a scene with @ChrisColfer!” Alas, no such luck. He’s in fact only giving out maddening teasers or talking to Chris about Adele.

(That is particular Tweetversation was admittedly rather cute. And I get that Adele is great and amazing, but is Adele going to make Karofsky come back on my screen? I think not.)

Not even the epic awesomeness of Russell Tovey’s George Sands, or Scott Caan’s Danny Williams and Daniel Dae Kim’s Chin Ho Kelly could make me miss Karofsky less. And not even hovering between lust and hate for Alex O’Loughlin’s Steve McGarrett could erase my longing for a slushie scene (just one! Is that too much to ask?) If any, I feel like doing a Kono and go all major badass girl on Murphy, Brennan and Falcuk for not immediately continuing Karofsky’s story. Or, you know, bite their neck, werewolf-style, a la George.

Because I’m not sure about you but I really am curious to know about the following:
1. Is he truly a better character now after doing the halftime show in Episode 11, or has he reverted back to his douchey ways?
2. Is he going to sing or dance again? Ever? If yes, will he join the glee club?
3. Is he ever going to ask for Kurt’s forgiveness and will he be forgiven?
4. Is he going to come out of the closet or, at the very least, figure out who and what he is?
5. Is his new attitude will be a catalyst for Kurt’s transferring back to McKinley? (But this is another topic altogether -I just want to know in general whether Kurt is transferring back to McKinley High, with or without any association to Dave’s storyline.)

Too many questions, not enough answers. And I, on principle, don’t put too much stock on spoilers simply because they make my head hurt and lower the level of entertainment of the show for me. And I also hate that the only thing I can do is sit here and wait until Karofsky comes back.

Well, that’s not true, isn’t it? I can also rant on my blog and whinge about the lack of Karofsky… because I can. Because it needs to be said. If I could write a letter to the creators of the show, I would.

In fact, maybe I will. So here it is: AN OPEN LETTER TO MR. RYAN MURPHY, MR. BRAD FALCHUK AND MR. IAN BRENNAN.

Dear Sirs,

Please return Dave Karofsky to the show and on my TV screen. ASAP. And seeing as there’s already an excess of Blaine, I think it’s only fair that you now give us an excess of Dave Karofsky. Besides, you have an excellent talent playing him at your disposal that hundreds (if not thousands) fangirls squee over. Why must you cut back on his screentime?

Please start making sense and have mercy on our curious souls. I look forward to your prompt action. Thank you for your understanding.

Desperately yours,
Karofsky’s Supporter

I don’t think that would do anyone any good, but, well, it did feel good letting that out.

Now I think I’ve ranted enough. I shall go back to my little corner in the Interwebz and read Kurtofsky fanfics to appease my curiosity/longing for some Karofsky. (Also, dear fanfic writers, thank you for filling the void. You have helped me cope during this time of complete and total absence of Dave Karofsky on my screen. You rock.) I’m going to leave now with one last picture of Max. Because the world needs more of him, too.

PS. If anyone is reading this and is into Being Human and H50, do drop a message. I may need a friend to squee over Russell Tovey (and George Sands) and bromance of Steve/Danno/Chin Ho.

Chris Colfer, Max Adler and Photogenic Compatibility

All right. Whatever doubts I had about Chris Colfer and Max Adler’s on-screen/on-camera compatibilities (and, by extension, Kurt Hummel and Dave Karofsky’s potential as a better-looking, more smashing hot couple than Kurt and Blaine)  just flew out of the window this morning and killed themselves on the pavement below that window, thanks to this picture from the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

(Photo credit: AP Photo, Daylife.com)

What’s funny about this picture is that Max Adler looks to be the neater one between the two. Chris Colfer looks more casual and laid back (and his tie looked a bit untidy) and less like the beautiful pale white ghost that he was at the Golden Globes. They’re both really sweet together and they seem to make each other look really good… or perhaps it’s just the suits. (I love how Adler chose something silver instead of black, by the way.) The last time I saw them posing for a picture together was in Halloween, while they were decked in their Halloween costumes, so that photo didn’t really inspire a lot of squee from a (now former) Kurtofsky non-believer. This photo, however…

All I’m saying is, there’s a selling point here. If the Glee producers were worried they wouldn’t be able to ‘market’ a pairing like Kurt Hummel and Dave Karofsky together, they would be wrong. Both Colfer and Adler are already great actors, but now that we know they look good standing side by side and posing as if this was a picture taken of their wedding 10 years into their characters’ future, they are now great actors whose image can be ‘sold’ to convince the audience that their pairing would work.

Or maybe that’s just me. Or maybe that’s just the suits. Whoever dressed these young men should be given a pat in the back and a handshake full of kudos.

Max Adler: Glee’s REAL Rising Star

I read the most wonderful interview with Glee‘s Max Adler (read the interview), who plays the bully David Karofsky – He Who Performed The Kiss That Broke The Glee Fandom And Launched A Thousand Ship Wars. The whole time I was reading that interview, I was literally grinning from ear to ear. Not just because there Adler is confirming that there is a good chance of him/Karofsky singing in the show and that there is a possibility that the new unreleased Lady Gaga song, Born This Way, will be used in relation to Karofsky. But also because he comes across as very charming and smart and funny and just plain lovely.

Now, when the “Kurtofsky” kiss happened in the show, I admit I was torn apart. I couldn’t deal with the fact that there was a possibility that Kurt might end up getting his bully as his boyfriend in the long run, especially after seeing how Darren Criss‘ Blaine seems like he’s a little too good to be true and there’s just no way Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan and Brad Falchuk were going to make it easy for Kurt. But then I joined some communities, interacted with Kurtofsky fans, read fics, watched fanvids and fanmixes, read interviews by the cast and the creators until I literally had my opinion on this pairing turned upside down and I became a believer and supporter of it. Out of everything, it was Max Adler in particular that converted me into becoming a Karofsky fan.

Let’s get this point clear: Max Adler is not Dave Karofsky.

He is, in real life, a lot more superb human being than Dave Karofsky is. Adler is – as the interview article prefaced – a very polite and charming man. You only have to watch his interview (Youtube it! Seriously, there are so many awesome Adler videos out there) to know that there is not an ounce of the bully in the actor. Even at first glance, you can tell how different he is from Karofsky, simply from the fact that Adler never fails to smile in front of the camera, whereas Karofsky is never seen without his frown on the show. He’s the kind of man that makes you think, “This guy plays a bully? And pulls it off? Seriously? HOW?! He looks so nice.”

Not only that, in the episode where Karofsky threatened to kill Kurt if he ever told anyone about the kiss, you could see the character’s utter desperation at his situation. The same desperation that stole over his expression right after the kiss, when he leaned in for another one and Kurt pushed him away. And Adler played those scenes well. Brilliantly, even. In such brief moments, he was able to create memorable intensity in the scenes that are imprinted on the memory of every Glee fan and viewer for a long, long time. That is, let me tell you, not something every actor can achieve. Bad actors – movie stars without an ounce of acting skill in their bodies – can’t do that. Good actors can. And as far as I’m concerned, Adler is a good actor.

So that’s why I started supporting Karofsky. The actor makes me wish for more, bigger and better storyline for Karofsky in the show, so that in the future Adler can reap the benefits of playing this intriguing, complex character, because he clearly deserves a very bright future in the industry.

And why not? He’s certainly prepared to do it, to show another side of his character that is currently still buried under that letterman jacket of William McKinley High.

What are you drawing off of to play the part?
[As] far as [what I’m] drawing on, all these messages I’m getting and people that tell me their life stories, I’m learning a lot from them. And watching guys like Gareth [Thomas], you know, the rugby player who just came out and listening to him talk, and listening to Portia de Rossi talk and Ricky Martin. I just watch real life people, that literally said they prayed to God that they would be straight and the last thing that they wanted was to be gay, and I feel like that’s actually what Karofsky is going through. It’s the last thing that he wants, but it’s there so I kind of draw on real situations.

The “name-dropping” shows that he’s been doing his research. He’s also definitely aware of what actually goes on – the conflicts, the issues, the obstacles – in the lives of people who are either Karofsky, resemble him or know him in real life. Let’s not forget he’s straight and has a stunningly gorgeous girlfriend; any straight actor who is willing to go the extra mile to play a character that bats for the other team and plays it well gets an A+ in my book.

I’m pretty sure I’m in the minority about this, though. The whole world is still pretty much squealing over how hot and talented and amazing Darren Criss is. I admit that Criss is all that and more, but I quickly lost interest in him. Yes, he’s got a great voice and yes, he’s rather exotically sexy, but the more I watch him in interviews and see him in photos, the less excited I become. I just don’t think Criss has the possibility to surprise me anymore. Perhaps if he did another A Very Potter Musical-like parody, I would regain interest. For now, though, I’m quite done with him.

The same goes for Overstreet. At the beginning of Season 2, everyone talked about him. But then he came on to the show and proved how blandly boring cute guys with a typical boyband voice and blonde hair are. Now, he hardly ever features in any of the topic that matters about Glee (“Sam & Quinn are going to break up!” I yawned at that. “The new Lady Gaga song will involve Max, Darren and Chris!” I happy danced from the kitchen to my room and back.) So, I’m quite done with him too… not that I ever began to fangirl over him.

I’m not quite done, however, with Adler. I feel like this man has a lot more potentials that we haven’t discovered yet. From now on, he can only get better with his performances. And yes, Ryan Murphy & Co., please give Adler a chance to sing – this guy likes Sinatra and Bublé and thinks that crooner-type songs suit him – so that we may have the complete and undeniable proof of how wonderfully talented he is.

(Besides, can you really imagine in your head a guy who looks like Dave Karofsky singing Sinatra, albeit in the shower at the boys’ locker room? I certainly can’t. That’s why, I really want the singing to happen; just so my mind will be put to rest.)

I am not going to prolong this… sickeningly gushing entry of the virtues of Max Adler as an actor. I just want to wish him the best of luck (and another Happy Birthday greeting, as he celebrated his 25th earlier this Monday) for the future. Adler wants longevity in his showbiz career; if he is given the chance, does well in it and stay true to himself, I’m pretty sure he will be around for a good long while. Congratulations, Mr. Adler. I can’t wait to see more of you.