The Many Faces Of J. K. Simmons

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Last weekend was Academy Award weekend, and a lot of it was predictable, uninteresting, and often both. However, I do not think anybody had a problem with the Oscar for best Supporting Actor going to J. K. Simmons, for his great turn as a teacher-from-hell in Whiplash. Time to feature him in our quiz!

If J. K. Simmons has one superpower, it's that he can say and play anything with utter conviction. With his laser eyes and woodcut face, his word is law. No matter how inane the actions are, his characters always seem to be 100% sure they have the right of it. An avuncular family member, a misinformed general, a bonkers politician or an evil criminal... he is THERE, and good luck changing his opinion. Saving angel or instrument of destruction, he needs to be heeded, which is why he is so often cast as either an authority figure or a story foil. And it makes him irresistible to watch.

Therefore, once again I'm going to use a gallery of close-ups of one of my favorite thespians to make a quiz. Click through the images and guess which movies (or shows) they're from! No competition, no prizes, just for fun, try to see how far you get without using IMDb.

And I'll post the answers next Thursday (earlier if someone has all thirteen of them right).

Brian Clark, Stuart Muller, , Jim Tudor and Kurt Halfyard contributed to this story.

And here he is as the maniacal Terence Fletcher from Whiplash.

This picture doesn't count yet for the quiz, but all others do. So please browse through the gallery. Click on the edge of this picture to get the next one, and see how many of them all you can identify!

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Simon GingrasFebruary 27, 2015 10:38 AM

1. Burn after reading
6. Contraband
11. Spider-Man
13. Juno

Ard VijnFebruary 27, 2015 11:13 AM

All correct!
That leaves 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 12.

Marc T.February 27, 2015 1:08 PM

2. Autumn in New York ?
3. OZ
5. Ladykillers
8. For love of the game

Marc T.February 27, 2015 1:34 PM

2. E.R.

Juan Andrés ValenciaFebruary 27, 2015 5:57 PM

I recognize Postal in the fifth one. I have to admit I like that film a lot.

Ard VijnFebruary 27, 2015 7:18 PM

You have 3, 5 and 8 right!
That leaves 2, 4, 7, 9,10 and 12.

Ard VijnFebruary 27, 2015 7:18 PM


Ard VijnFebruary 27, 2015 7:20 PM

It's quiz picture number 4, but yeah, it's the fifth in line (and my f-x-x-x joke doesn't exactly help in this regard). So you got number 4 correct: POSTAL it is.
That leaves 2, 7, 9, 10 and 12!

God of JoyFebruary 27, 2015 10:08 PM

9. is Jennifer's Body

God of JoyFebruary 27, 2015 10:11 PM

12. (a wild guess) Extract (?)

Ard VijnFebruary 28, 2015 8:19 AM

That leaves 2, 7, 10 and 12.

Ard VijnFebruary 28, 2015 8:30 AM


PaideiaFebruary 28, 2015 1:12 PM

Number 12 is New in Town. Not proud of knowing that..

Ard VijnFebruary 28, 2015 8:16 PM

Is the correct answer!
That leaves 2, 7 and 10...

Ard VijnMarch 2, 2015 10:52 AM

A friendly Facebook follower provided the last three titles, so that concludes the quiz! As usual, here are all the films and the people who correctly identified them:

1: BURN AFTER READING (Simon Gingras)
2: BAREFOOT (Levi Boldock)
3: OZ (Marc T.)
4: POSTAL (Juan Andrés Valencia)
6: CONTRABAND (Simon Gingras)
7: FIRST SNOW (Levi Boldock)
9: JENNIFER'S BODY (God of Joy)
11: SPIDERMAN (Simon Gingras)
12: NEW IN TOWN (Paideia)
13: JUNO (Simon Gingras)