I love two things above all else, horror movies and baseball. Now, with that in mind, it’s rare for the two to come together unless we’re talkin’ bat as weapon (Negan, I’m looking in your direction), but this isn’t about Lucille. No, it’s about Patrick Wilson. And my man-crush on him. Yeah, I said it.
Can you blame me?
The dude has not only played the lead in fantastic franchises like The Conjuring and Insidious, but he’s also an award-winning stage actor, deftly weaves between drama, action and comedy, and is just as convincing whether he’s charged with being frightened or the performer doing the frightening.
Wilson charmed our asses off as Ed Warren in The Conjuring films (to say nothing of leading the league in courageousness), and one glance at Wilson’s subdued Josh Lambert as he scanned his son’s artwork to discover that not only was the Further a real place, but that he’d found the motivation to conquer his fear was all it took for me to nod at the understanding that, I kind of adore that guy.
Did I mention that he can carry a tune?
Wilson’s rendition of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” from The Conjuring 2 not only calmed the nerves of the Hodgson kids, but also reminded Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) why she was the luckiest woman alive. And let’s allude back to the title and be honest about it, any straight man who says he didn’t at least ponder his orientation during that scene is just a liar. It’s science.
In any event, nearly six years before The Conjuring’s sequel, Wilson took center stage at the 2010 American League Championship Series between the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees to sing “God Bless America” during the seventh-inning stretch of Game 4 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
Now before anyone points out the obvious, The Conjuring and Insidious had not yet hit theatres, so it was more off of The A-Team and Watchmen, but my response now would be the same as it was then — “You gotta be shittin’ me.”
Horror and baseball. Patrick Wilson. No choice but to love it. Oh, and not for nothin’, but looks, chops, charm and that voice? It’s almost embarrassing that one man should have so much.