As a means by which to chronicle what is going on in the American cultural zeitgeist and how we cater to that, The Hollywood And Highland Character Count is an infrequently occurring sociological examination. Every few Fridays, we’ll share who the performers are that are clogging the Hollywood and Highland sidewalks and see how they change and shift in relationship to what is happening in the entertainment world. We’ll make predictions, keep count of who stays and goes, and log just what is happening at the best microcosm of what is on the world’s mind: Hollywood and Highland.
After what felt like forever because it was in fact forever, we finally ventured back out to the streets of Hollywood and Highland to see what the situation was around that cultural landfill. At this point in the year, it is an absolute no mans land there: there were people showing off their cars, people with animals, tons of tour groups, and–of course–the characters. I’m realizing as I study them that they are less about topicality and being clever, which is what I always thought some were trying to do. In the past, I feel like that spirit was alive but, now, it certainly is not.
The Character Count
Batman (old school Batman, specifically: same shitty one from last time)
Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction, who looked EXACTLY LIKE HIM.
A Guy In A Neon Suit
Some Girl In All Metalic Purple Latex
A Female Gladiator
A Soldier from Halo
Jigsaw from Saw
Jack Sparrow (the only Jonny Depp!!)
Three Spidermans, One of which was Black Spiderman
Two Catwomen, one of whom had “Kat Lady” written on her ass.
Two Mickey Mice
Two Batmen, one was the usual ghetto one.
Genderfuck, Colorblind Cast, Or Inaccurate Characters
There was a little girl dressed as Cinderella but I think she was a tourist…
There was a Batman who appeared to be in whiteface?
Dora talked to all the other characters.
Woody and Buzz because DUH.
There was a large click of Catwoman (the “Kat Lady” variety), Purple Spandex Girl, Captain America, Storm Trooper, and Darth Vader.
Bumblebee and Batman were tag teaming photos.
A Mickey and Minnie were a couple.
Chewbacca, other Mickey, and regular and black Spiderman were a little posse.
The drum guy had a huge crowd.
There were four Iris people and now they all wear costumes. Good for them?
Approximately five “You like hip hop music?” CD and DVD hander-outers. Their numbers are dwindling!
Characters At Madame Tussaud: Shrek. What a let down!
A girl was celebrating her quinceñera.
There was a trourist group of women all with leopard print scarves on.
The was a homeless guy with a sign that said he was telling you he needed money “so he wouldn’t just steal it.” Ooookay.
There was a GIANT limosine with crazy doors that the owner was giving tours of.
The craziest going on? There was not one but TWO giant thugs with huge snakes (boa constrictors). It was frightening. One even had three on him!!!
Where the hell were the Jonny Depp characters? Dark Shadows really made their stock plummet…
There was a group of three silent people taking donations for Japan.
Scooby Doo was leaving his shift as we walked up.
SO MANY TOURISTS. THEY WERE EVERYWHERE.
Lots of people wearing neon, too.
As well as little girls in princess costumes.
There was a huge line of people heading to see Brave.
The Jason Voorhes was FRIGHTENING. He was hiding behind a wall at the Coffee Bean. I did not like waiting at a crosswalk with him.
Most Creative: The snake people. So much WTF.
Most Popular: Bumblebee and Batman
Most Committed: That Halo guy. He made a weapon, too!
Most Legitimately Scary: Snake people!
WTF: SNAKE PEOPLE.
Surprised We Did Not See…
That Brave girl!
An Engineer from Prometheus.
Madagascar characters. Too obscure?
Men In Black!!!
Dark Shadows Jonny Depp. I’m resolving that, because the movie sucked, the Depps are now replanning who to be.
Character Predictions And Questions Over Next Two Weeks
More The Dark Knight, AKA Batman.
Ted? Sure. Why not.
Ice Age whoevers?