Profiles in Super-Nerdery: Lazlo HollyfeldWednesday, June 16th, 2010
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One of my favorite comedies is Real Genius, starring Val Kilmer. This film, about a unscrupulous professor at a university for insanely smart kids who uses a class project (compete with a grade) to have his students build a laser weapon for the military is one of the funniest movies ever. A big part of that is some of the asides and foolishness of Val Kilmer, but, in a movie filled with smart characters, one stands alone, and that’s Lazlo Hollyfeld, who lives in the two main character’s closet. I’m not saying he’s gay, I’m saying that he actually lives in their damn closet. Val’s character describes him as “smarter than than you and me put together” when talking to the new school wunderkind, Mitch, who’s entry scores put Val’s to shame. And, it’s true. There’s a woman throughout the film who travels about trying to sleep with the smartest men in the country. She takes one look at Lazlo, and is done in. By the end of the movie, they’re on their way to Vegas to get married. Lazlo was played to oddball perfection by Jon Gries (one of my favorite character actors. Check out this movie before the remake screws it up (scheduled for 2013…no shit), and remember to enter the Frito-Lay sweepstakes, no purchase necessary, enter as often as you like. 1.6 million entries should grab you 32% of the prizes. At least, that’s what Hollyfeld thinks.