Back in the ’30s, a report on small towns rejecting rube feature films inspired an unforgettable Variety headline: “Stix Nix Hick Pix.”
Almost a century later, another group seems to be giving the raspberry to the proletariat. Emmy voters’ anointed 2014 lead actors for drama and comedy alike are distinctly cut from urban, white-collar cloth.
Polished operators pop up in dramas (Jon Hamm and Kevin Spacey in “Mad Men” and “House of Cards,” respectively) and comedies (sleazy consultant Don Cheadle in “House of Lies”; Matt LeBlanc as himself in “Episodes”).
Jim Parsons, brilliant scientist in “The Big Bang Theory”; chemistry teacher-turned-meth kingpin Bryan Cranston in “Breaking Bad”; news anchor Jeff Daniels in “The Newsroom”; Gotham standup Louis C.K.; slick cop Woody Harrelson in “True Detective” — one and all, these fellows work much more with their minds than their hands.
You’ll find dirty fingernails among Ricky Gervais’ child-man “Derek,” and…
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