Mancake Challenge: Day 2 of 30

 This is where you come when you want some mancake with your coffee...     

Derfwad Erin, suggested this hunka hunka burning love be included in Mrs. G's 30 Cakes in 30 Days Challenge and Mrs. G. must admit that while she has never caked Oliver Platt or even thrown him in the old Women's Colony Cabana, she has to admit his exclusion was a grievous blunder. Because this guy is a character actor extraordinaire, and she can't think of one movie or television show (Benny & Joon, A Time to Kill, Kinsey, Frost/Nixon, Love and Other Drugs, The West Wing, Bored to Death) she has ever seen him in that she didn't appreciate his performance and exceptional hair.

Platt was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. His father was a career diplomat who served as a U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, Zambia, and the Philippines, so he spent his childhood on the move from Asia to the Middle East to Washington D.C. New Yorkers may be familiar with is brother, Adam Platt, a New York Magazine restaurant critic.

Childhood schmildhood. Has Mrs. G. mentioned before she is a serious patron of the cleft chin.


Mrs. G. first remembers noticing Platt and hello Hank Azaria in the Showtime series Huff as the morally and ethically challenged, semi woman hating Russell Tupper.


When Mrs. G. was doing her googling extensive investigative research, she found many Platt fan sites that referenced the wit and charm of this movie. 

Watch the trailer if you have any interest in seeing Oliver Platt in drag. 


Stanley Tucci? Steve Buscemi? Campbell Scott? Billy Connelly? Tony Shalhoub? Alfred Molina? Mrs. G. isn't sure how she missed this mancake gem of a film...oh wait, yes she is. It was made in 1998, the year she and Mr. G. were living below the poverty line in North Carolina, buying groceries with a credit card and not seeing movies. Thank God for Microsoft and Netflix! They both changed lives.


Speaking of film gems, Mrs. G. has a special place in her heart for this little indie film called Pieces of April. Platt plays the long suffering, sweetheart husband of Patricia Clarkson (one of Mrs. G's secret girlfriends), who is pretending she is not (SPOILER ALERT) dying of cancer. Pieces of April also stars Katie Holmes when she was still Katie Holmes.

Platt is just the best at playing the every man, the loving, patient, devoted, witty husband of a close to crazy ass wife--you know the type, us... those other women.


Speaking of loving, patient, devoted, witty husbands, Platt is fantastic as Laura Linney's spouse in Showtime's The Big C. Honestly, watching him on this show has cemented Mrs. G's love and willingness to bear his children with her one good ovary and, as we speak, fossilizing uterus.


And speaking of The Big C,  Laura Linney, Mrs. G. loves you in the potentially Biblical way and thinks you have, hands down, one of the most beautiful smiles in existence. It's the way your eyes crinkle, Laura. Your smile just...there are no words.


Not convinced? Platt is a long-married family man with three children and in Mrs. G's world, this only increases the sweetness of the frosting on the cake.


Mrs. G. can't end this post without pointing out most women's willingness to mentally and, have mercy, physically accept Platt's sizeable girth. Mrs. G. has mentioned before that her erogenous zones are connected to her funny bones. She wishes large assed women were afforded the same societal and sexual courtesy but they aren't and that's an injustice Mrs. G. knows will never be righted. It also confirms Mrs. G's long held conviction that women are the superior--wait, is that really the word she is looking for? Actually, yes, yes it is. Women are the superior sex.

But she digresses.

Oliver Platt, you are a delightful, distinctive and delectable baked good and, as of Friday, August 26th, 2011, you have been caked.

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Reader Comments (17)

As a happily married woman, I was thrilled to find you have a secret girlfriend, Mrs. G! I would never dis the dick, but there are some amazing women out there who I would SO not kick out of bed. Perhaps you should bake some muffins, as well as cake? heh heh. muffins. heh.

August 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJUles

Very well baked indeed, Mrs. G.!! The Big C is my new favorite and was what made me think nomination was in order. xoxo

August 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin

yes yes yes, I love the Big C, and thus, every actor/ress in it. It's brilliant. Good to see a not so thought of, cakey cake in this!

August 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Oh Mrs. G you said it! Love him. And, I had not given it much thought- for shame!- but Laura Linney's smile is exquisite. Just reading your homage brought her image to me and it is an amazing smile. I was craving cake and Madame you delivered.

August 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterk

I remember him from Flatliners. I am so glad he is still around!

August 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRita

Great choice Erin and Mrs.G.! I totally concur with his cakeworthiness. He makes me smile. Come to think of it, the only guy that I dated since my marriage broke up bears a striking resemblance to Mr. Platt.

August 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteralison

Love, love, LOVE me some Oliver Platt. I cannot recall the first thing I saw him in, but whatever it was I instantly fell in love with this beefcake of a man! Love the Big C!

August 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTammy

Two for two, Mrs. G!

Three if you count Laura Linney. Her small role in Love Actually? Oh...

Perfect, thank you Erin! Oliver is great, loved him in Frost/Nixon. I agree with you about Laura Linney, too. We don't have any of the premium channels on cable, I wonder if "The Big C" is on Netflix yet? Have to go check.

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah

Oliver played a truly awesome White House Counsel on West Wing. Seeing him makes me wonder if Adam Arkin, President Bartlett's secret therapist, has ever been caked?

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterunmitigated me

Oh I do like a man who can make me laugh. There is little that is sexier in real life than a funny man (Steve Coogan and Ricky Gervais very definitely excepted.)

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertrash

Funny men take the cake, so to speak. He doesn't just play funny though. He's great.

Thanks Mrs. G.

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi B.

He was also really lovely in a nerdy way in the bromantic but gender and race-fail-ish "X-Men First Class" this summer-- he was the human champion of the mutants and got them started before everything SPOILER goes all to hell and Eric and Charles (*sob*) break up.

Have you done Michael Fassbender and James McEvoy yet? Together or separately? Granted, they're young, but they're delicious.

August 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShe Curmudgeon

Great choice. As for women being the superior sex, I certainly agree. I think it's because we have only one head and use it in all things (sexual or otherwise). Whereas the guys so often use their little head in all things and it has only one braincell.

August 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlbug

I have always felt that we are kindred spirits with our similar tastes and that bond is firmly cemented with your love for "Pieces of April." I even have my own copy!

August 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJP

Saw Love and Other Drugs over the weekend so I am in full Oliver Platt appreciation mode. He's one of those comedic actors whose neutral expression gets you laughing.

FYI check the link to your Derfwad Manor blog header. It takes you to derfwadmanorDOTcom rather than squarespace.

August 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercoffee yogurt

He was so funny in Cassenova - great Netflix add. I have always loved tall, dark, curly haired men - and he has such a sweetness to him.

August 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrightside-Susan

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