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The Morning GIF: The evolution of Kurt Russell
This GIF brings the B-movie star’s impressive résumé to life.
Here at the Daily Dot, we swap GIF images with each other every morning. Now we’re looping you in. In the Morning GIF, we feature a popular—or just plain cool—GIF we found on Reddit, Canvas, or elsewhere on the Internet.
There is cool, and then there is Kurt.
Snake Plissken. R.J. MacReady. Jack Burton. Col. Jonathan “Jack” O’Neil. Stuntman Mike.
All iconic characters, thanks to one man: Kurt Russell, mullet-headed, acid-washed god of the modern B-movie. Besides possessing a backside that resembles two volleyballs, he’s got a self-aware charm and sense of humor that lend a certain je ne sais quoi to his portrayal of, say, a 20-watt truck driver fighting off an ancient Chinese demon, even while delivering the corniest of lines. “I was born ready,” anyone?
This GIF of the Kurt Russell movie hero timeline is a cult phenomenon in its own right, liked by 54,000 on Facebook, and even 4,600 on Google+. Starting with the immortal Snake Plissken from Escape from New York (and L.A., but nobody talks about that one) through The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, Stargate, and Grindhouse, it features his greatest characters. The GIF is by ABVH, who is something of a genius at animating existing material to add meaning, not just motion. The original artwork is by Jeff Victor and was posted on his blog Wicked Crispy, where he says: “I’d like everyone to take a minute to think about how awesome Kurt Russell is. Why isn’t he in more movies?”
The sad truth? Movies today just aren’t awesome enough, Jeff. Hollywood has failed Kurt.
Lorraine Murphy is an Ottawa-based cybersecurity journalist and founding editor of the Cryptosphere. She has a keen interest in WikiLeaks and web culture, and her bylines have appeared in Salon, Vanity Fair, Serious Eats, and elsewhere.