Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Day 50 - Random Actor Tuesday: Linda Emond

Day 50.

Today, I finally crossed the 100-hr mark of my quest to watch Julie & Julia every day for a year. And how do I feel about reaching this pointless milestone? Super, super lame. What kind of loser asshole really has 100+ hours of his life to dedicate to watching Julie & Julia? At this point, I'm pretty sure I've even seen this movie more times than most of the people involved in the production itself, save for maybe the film's editors or something (I plan on eclipsing them soon). Definitely more times than Amy Adams or Meryl. Not Mark Ruffalo might've seen it more than 50 times though. I can't imagine he'd have anything else to do. God, I hate myself.


Today's featured Random Actor Tuesday guest is Linda Emond, who plays Simone Beck a.k.a. "Simca," one of Julia Child's close friends and confidantes, as well as one of the co-authors of Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

Linda also frequently stands next to Meryl to further the idea that Julia Child was a giant.

I realize that Linda Emond is not really a random actor in Julie & Julia--quite the contrary, actually. She has a juicy part and is billed 5th in the credits, right after the big four heavy-hitters (Streep, Adams, Tucci, NMR) and I actually really enjoy her performance as Simone Beck. She gives Julia a much-needed foil, someone to really play off of, thus upping their combined delightfulness levels by a factor of 7. Emond also has some of the best one-liners in the film.

Some context: their cookbook has just been rejected from Houghton-Mifflin and Beck is reading from a cookbook that the publisher recommended they use as an example. The joke here is that the example cookbook SUCKS BIG FUCKING DICK and uses frivolous ingredients such as marshmallow fluff, further illustration the French's superiority over the U.S. Trust me, it's sort of funny in the movie (and I will take any kind of joke after 20 min of Amy Adams crying).

But my favorite scene with Linda Emond is the one where the three collaborators on the cookbook--Julia, Simone and Louisette--gather together to discuss how much authorship credit/royalties each of them deserves. Julia and Simone have effectively staged a coup to force Louisette out and to justify their actions, Simone just tells Louisette straight up to her face that "You're not doing zee wooork!"

The subtitles don't do the accent justice at all.

I only find it funny because of her bizarre intonation when she says the line (you'll know what I mean if you've seen the film). Her delivery is super French or something (I wish there was a youtube clip) and she inflects her voice like 5 times in that one sentence. To top it all off, she says a variation on the line (But she doesn't do zee wooork. You don't do zee wooooork. You're not doing zee wooooork.) for a total of 3 times. I think it's just the way she says "wooooork" that gets me.

I wonder if she does the woooork...?

So during each viewing, 1 hour and 25 minutes in, I always catch myself reciting these lines with Ms. Emond in a drawn-out ridiculous accent and it never fails to amuse me. Once you've seen this movie 50 times, you learn to take the little victories along the way.

Only 315 more days to finish my wooooork. 


Julie & Julia
Quote of the Day: "Jean-Luc is leaving me."


  1. Good to hear something in the film is somewhat keeping you sane.(strong French accent)Keep up zeee good wooooork!

  2. Congrats on making it through 50 days.

    By the way, I understand you're watching on Netflix Instant, how are you getting subtitles?

  3. I have to say, I've been reading this blog from the start (having never seen the film). Last week I watched the movie for the first time. I have no idea how you can put yourself through this OVER and OVER and OVER again. Once was enough for me.


  4. sometimes. i say something over and over again and it starts to sound weird. you know?

  5. I thought the best part of the scene you are referencing was when Louisette started crying saying "I'm getting a divorce" and you see Simca shrug her shoulders, and roll her eyes, as she lights her cigarette.....

  6. Keep up the good work, I guess. Maybe I will blog about how I used to get lucky in college by having women watch Caddyshack in my sweet apartment with the dirty brown carpet. I thought Caddyshack was a real moodsetter. Turns out they found me just a little less repulsive than the movie, and needed the VCR to stop so the pain would go away. Wait, I guess I just told the story and can save the blog for less important stuff.

  7. This always made me laugh too! And I love how the lady who plays Louisette Bertholle says "WIZ?!?!?!"

    Love your blog, by the way. Samuel L. Jackson's "You're the MOTHERFUCKING butter to my bread!" makes me smile every time I see it.

  8. wow..i started reading your blog from Day1 a little while back, I can't believe I actually read through day50, all in one go! I'd seen this movie last year I think, loved it, but damn if I can put myself through watching it every day! hahah..can't wait to finish reading the rest and come up to-date with your status!

  9. She doesn't do the w-e-e-o-o-r-rk....!