HeadScratcher No. 84: Rabbit Seasoning
So, what do Glenn Close, Jenna Elfman, Ralph Fiennes, Janet Leigh, and Zero Mostel have in common? As most of you guessed, this quiz was inspired by the Easter bunny: all of these actors co-starred with rabbits in a movie. Close, of course, boiled a bunny in Fatal Attraction. Elfman acted alongside Bugs Bunny and other classic Warner Bros. characters in 2003’s Looney Tunes: Back in Action. Fiennes was a hare hunter in Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Leigh played a scientist who bred giant killer bunnies in the 1972 horror cult classic Night of the Lepus. And Mostel provided the voice of Kehaar, a bird who befriends a warren of rabbits in the animated Watership Down (1978).
Most of the guessers got this right. Maybe Close was a gimme, though we tried to avoid some of the more obvious members of the Hare Club, like Jimmy Stewart (Harvey), Bob Hoskins (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), the members of Monty Python (who fought the killer rabbit and built a Trojan Bunny in Monty Python and the Holy Grail), and of course, Jake Gyllenhaal and Jena Malone (Donnie Darko, pictured). Harder than answering this quiz, perhaps, is determining why so many of these cinematic bunnies are deadly and ominous instead of fluffy and cheerful. (Darko director Richard Kelly once tried to explain, telling EW, “Rabbits are these harmless, innocent, fragile creatures. So there’s an irony inmaking them your monster.”) Any of you want to take a crack at that question, PopWatchers?
Carrots to all of thefollowing. Lisa Beach, Alex Gordon, Hillary Hamilton, Suzanne Moran,Mary A. Ott,Scott Pesner, Adam Sullens, Wendy Swiggett, and Patrick A. Yearout.
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