So, over the past couple days, numerous friends have approached me with some equivalent of “Hey, there’s this movie Brick, and one of the characters is you…” Now, since I was about ten, I’ve been hearing I look slightly like Lukas Haas, so I quickly guessed that he was the actor in question. But they all claim it’s not just that—that the character is, in fact, Sanchezian. Now, as I understand it, the character is a guy named “The Pin” who runs a drug dealing enterprise out of his mom’s basement… so I’m not wholly sure how to take that, but I’m going to check it out this afternoon to see whether I ought to be flattered or offended.
Update: Good flick. As for the resemblance, I actually think Haas and I looked more similar as children than we do now, but we’re probably closer in look here than we have been since Boys a decade ago, when we both had rather longer hair. As for other similarities, I think they’re mostly limited to a somewhat overlapping dandyish aesthetic. (As my friend Sommer put it, “You’d carry a cane if you could get away with it.”) I’ll also voice some slight disappointment that (without giving away too much), The Pin gets a pretty raw deal in the movie’s denoument despite being… let’s say one of the less morally reprehensible characters. Sure, he’s a dealer, though that’s only morally problematic from my POV to the extent that he seems perfectly happy to let his junk make its way to teens. Otherwise, he’s a basically OK guy who’s repeatedly shown to be genuinely appalled by violence and eager to keep it out of his business to the extent possible. Plus, he’s a Hobbit fan.