January 10, 2007

Doctors with tragic pasts

I hadn't noticed M. Night Shyamalan's doctor-with-a-tragic-past obsession until I realized that Paul Giamatti's backstory in Lady in the Water is the same as William Hurt's in The Village. But it doesn't stop there. Bruce Willis is a doctor-with-a-tragic-past in The Sixth Sense, as is Shyamalan (directing himself) in Signs. Only Unbreakable lacks one (yet another reason it's his best movie). I don't know if there's something autobiographical going on here, but it's getting kinda creepy.

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