Gothamist: It’s Time to Stop Thinking of Donal Logue as “That Guy”
From our partners at Gothamist: Finding himself in South Central L.A. in the early ’90s, working as a janitor and seeking sobriety through volunteer work, Donal Logue wasn’t really thinking of acting. He’d been in a couple TV movies before moving to California, sure, but the hopelessness of the Hollywood scene had put him in a bad enough place that a turkey sandwich at the end of the day was a blessing.
It wasn’t until a 1992 part in a star-studded Sneakers that his career took off. From there it’s been a journey from Hollywood’s affable everyman to cultish character actor, with success—and some heartbreaking cancellations—along the way. He’s “That Guy,” and he’ll be appearing in the second season of BBC America’s original series, Copper —but where else have you seen him? Here’s a look at the cult favorite’s defining roles.
EARLY ’90s: “JIMMY THE CAB DRIVER”
“Jimmy the Cab Driver” was a long-running MTV promo, a staple of the network’s golden years. Spend a few minutes re-watching; children of the ’90s will definitely feel a pang of misty-eyed nostalgia. The series showcases Logue’s early comedic grasp—the bits were largely improvised—and the best is definitely his take on that Alanis classic-which-must-not-be-named. “It’s like rai-ain… on a rainy day.”
Logue’s turn as a villainous minion makes this one of his first “oh right, him!” roles and paves the way for his somewhat offbeat characters in the future. A friend bizarrely offered to braid Logue’s red mane before the audition, which put him in favor with an unorthodox casting director. “So that’s about how hard it was to get Blade,” the actor says, and the look is now iconic.
2000: THE TAO OF STEVE
Here’s the actor’s breakout everyman role, this time as a lifetime underachiever with a brilliant method for wooing women. The film is beloved for its dialogue and Logue’s acting impressed Roger Ebert himself: “[It's] an easygoing but bright comedy that focuses on Logue’s effortless charm… It creates the feeling of settling in comfortably with old friends.” For his effort that year, Logue earned the outstanding performance award at Sundance.