Sunday, January 31, 2010

Who is Candy Clark?

Watching movie credits can be a fascinating thing. Sometimes hidden gems of wonder can emerge from them. I still get a laugh out of remembering the "waterfowl handler" from The Notebook or confused as to why James Franco, hardly unafraid to appear in bad movies, decided to go uncredited for his large-ish role in Nights on Rodanthe. As I sat down the other night to watch Chuck Russell's 1988 remake of The Blob - I had seen it back when I was a wee tike and thought I would revisit - and was puzzled as to the following shot in the opening credits.

Just who is this Candy Clark person - I assumed they were a woman, turns out I was correct - and why does she get a special "with" credit like she's on a David E Kelley TV production or something. Turns out Ms Clark plays "Fran Hewitt", a lovely waitress in a diner who sees her cook get devoured by the garbage disposal (thanks to our good ol' friend the blob) before herself being trapped inside a phone booth by the pink gelatinous science experiment.

The role is hardly anything special - it's not a sort of Vincent Price in Edward Scissorhands moment - she's just there and then she isn't. I was intrigued as to why, of all people, Candy Clark was deemed special enough to get a special credit. Turns out she is actually an Academy Award nominee. I have not seen American Graffiti, but she's apparently good enough in it to be nominated for only her second film (after Fat City on year earlier). A quick glance at the rest of the resume and one gets the distinct impression that that film was a fluke.

Candy Clark would go on to spend the majority of her career in horror and thriller productions. Whether it be getting eaten by a Government experiment in The Blob or being burnt alive in Amityville 3D, playing Buffy's mother in the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie, Stephen King productions like Cat's Eye and slasher flicks such as Cherry Falls. She even played "Grace" in Cool As Ice! Most recently she showed up in David Fincher's Zodiac and Steven Soderbergh's The Informant! so there ya go!

That's Candy Clark, apparently.


TomS said...

This is the first time I've visited you and I am enjoying your reviews. Your mention of Candy Clark brought back nostalgic reveries of Oscars past. 1973 was an ODD year for Oscar, to say the least. "American Graffiti" and "The Exorcist" competed against Bergman's "Cries and Whispers" for Best Picture, both losing to "The Sting". Clark ultimately lost to 10-year-old Tatum O'Neal in "Paper Moon". "American Graffiti" was an unusual film, a good little film, and I had hoped then that George Lucas would have done more of these personal stories, until he started the Star Wars franchise.
Good job...check in some time...

Rob91316 said...

Wanted to add that one of Candy Clark's most prominent roles was as the female lead opposite David Bowie in "The Man Who Fell to Earth."

Anonymous said...

My husband an I recently caught the end of Buffy The vampire Slayer and both wondered why at the very top of the credits it said "Candy Clark as Buffy's Mom", then proceeded to the typical "Cast" scroll.....We too wondered "Who the hell is Candy Clark and why does she think she's special?" lol. Which of course led me to Google, which led me here. So.....did anyone ever figure it out? Was she just a washed up has been Diva who insisted on special credits of her tiny parts in B movies?? Lol. We just thought it was interesting!

Anonymous said...

I just watched the original Buffy movie as well (classic.) and was also wondering why Candy Clack was special enough to get herself recognised before the rest of the cast. If anyone ever finds out, let me know!! ;)

Black Orange said...

I too, came here with the question of why does Candy Clark (a relatively unknown actress) get some special credit at the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

It just felt so arbitrary, undeserved and out of place. My first thought was maybe she's friends with someone important in the production (one of those situations).

But, if she's gotten special credits in other films maybe she really is the one demanding it like a "diva" as the other commenter mentioned.

Like some ridiculous thing like her agent goes in during post production and demands special credits or her shots aren't allowed in the film or something to that effect.

There's just no logic here at all... unless maybe a special credit is part of her pay in her contract?