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6,727 hits 3.7 (3 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 10 years ago by Wanderer

Does it ever feel strange to watch an old video, movie, or television show and know that the person you're watching is now dead?

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10 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 8/15/12 - 3:05:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes! Especially if it is a horror movie.
10 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 8/15/12 - 3:12:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
10 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 8/15/12 - 3:17:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
10 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 8/15/12 - 3:42:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not at all.
10 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 8/15/12 - 3:50:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
i can't even make myself feel this
10 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 8/15/12 - 4:15:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
I can't think of an exact instance of the specific example in the question, but in general, I can relate to the feeling. Whether it's someone I knew personally or a famous person who resonated w/ me strongly, the fact that the person is gone and there's not going to be any opportunity for new influences can sometimes hit me pretty hard. It's more likely to happen w/ someone whose death I haven't completely gotten used to yet, like Doc Watson, not Merle Watson.
10 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 8/15/12 - 5:02:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
I watched the Monkees quite a bit when I was younger.

I was watching a Monkees episode on YouTube, seeing the then 21 year old David Jones, and thinking "you're dead now".

Movies with Paul Newman or Richard Burtan, Star Trek with James Doohan (Scotty) and DeForest Kelley (Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy), and others.

Especially films and shows shot when the actors were young.

Especially actors and actresses who were young when I was young.

It feels strange.
10 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 8/15/12 - 5:18:08 PM EST (GMT-5)

I don't get it when I'm watching films or programmes with the person in it, but I sometimes do when I'm watching interviews with them.
10 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 8/15/12 - 6:44:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
I feel weird, if I notice it,I don't notice it much though.
10 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/16/12 - 8:12:34 AM EST (GMT-5)
Not really, it sucks their dead but it really doesn't feel weird watching their movies.
10 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/16/12 - 8:14:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
Not typically. Only if the person has just recently died.
10 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/16/12 - 1:36:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
I watch mostly older movies, I usually don't really give a second thought to the living/dead status of the actors...

10 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/17/12 - 11:38:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
I feel like that whenever I see a movie with brittney murphy
10 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/24/12 - 5:53:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
Its wierd to your mind. Seeing them alive on screen but they are really dead.
10 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 8/24/12 - 8:10:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yea, it feels strange to watch old Three's Company shows with John Ritter.
10 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 8/27/12 - 1:45:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
not really, death surrounds us, it is all but unavoidable, so why be bothered by something that waits for everything from the simplest amoeba to the mightiest hero?
10 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 8/27/12 - 11:06:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm not afraid of death, but it does seem odd to see someone alive (and young) on film when they're really old and dead.
10 yrs ago - Sunday 9/2/12 - 9:01:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
10 yrs ago - Sunday 9/2/12 - 9:05:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
The only thing in that genre that makes me feel weird is to read an autobiography of someone who died.
10 yrs ago - Sunday 9/2/12 - 9:31:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not really, tbh.

BUT, I do hate it when I watch a movie, think "wow, that actor is great, I wonder what else he's been in..." and then do a little research and BAM!, they're DEAD. Damnit!

This happened to me recently with John Cazale.
10 yrs ago - Sunday 9/2/12 - 9:47:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
I have this when I watch ols silent movies, mostly. I'll tell you more later, I've rented my first James Dean movie.
9 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Saturday 4/20/13 - 5:16:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
No. It feels nostalgic, though.
9 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/3/13 - 5:09:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, not really
8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 3/24/14 - 1:38:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
Not really. I mean, if it's really old then why would I feel weird? People die, famous or otherwise.
7 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 5/3/15 - 6:47:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
I feel it mainly when I see children and babies in early 20th century films. There's something really weird about seeing them so young...and knowing that they're either dead or elderly now.

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