The other day I started the Inglorious Basterds Blu-ray at a friends place and was greeted by an extra-hairy, gunslinging Paul Gross in a trailer for the upcoming Canadian comedy Gunless.* It's the story of -- get this -- a gunslinger who calls out a surly blacksmith (played by Tyler Mane, the new Michael Myers), only to find out that the town doesn't have one working pistol for the showdown. I laughed, put it on my mental movie to-do list, and carried on. But then I watched it again over at Quiet Earth (embedded after the jump), and found myself wondering: When will we get a Paul Gross v. Bruce Campbell showdown?
You know Gross ... right? No? He's the cutie T.J. Burke from Aspen Extreme. The red-clad mountie in Due South. Chris Cutter in Men with Brooms. The writer, director, and star of the 2008 WWI war movie Passchendaele. And if you missed all that, he just played the devil Darryl Van Horne in the short-lived Eastwick TV series. Yet while he's handled a pretty broad range of acting gigs, from serious theater to silly curling comedies, the man's best perk is his heavy comedy charisma.