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Big Daddy O'Reilly



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 8:22 pm    Post subject: Baker  Reply with quote

I have a feeling I'm in a minority here, but I honestly don't really think that Baker is as bad of a character as many people make him out to be.

Granted, I can understand why people would feel begrudged toward him, replacing Kinch after so long, and with really no on-screen explanation whatsoever, though I really don't think of him as being any better, or worse than Kinch... just different.

It probably doesn't help that a majority of the episodes I first saw were from Season Six, I don't know.

I notice a lot of people say he lacks personality and didn't really fit in well with the rest of the cast, but I actually see just the opposite. I like Kinch as much as the next person, I really do, and Ivan Dixon was a great actor, but it's my understanding that he wasn't entirely comfortable being on the set of a comedy show (what with him being more of a dramatic actor), and it does kind of show in his performances at times... Kenneth Washington on the other hand seemed to genuinely like being on the show, and again, it showed on camera as well.

Those are just my thoughts anyway. I do believe it would have been a little better if they at least gave some sort of explanation as to why Kinch was gone and Baker was here, but then again, this was back during a time where producers and writers had a tendency to dance around explaining a character's departure.
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Big Daddy O'Reilly



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to ask, and please note that I'm most certainly not trying to be racist here, I'm genuinely curious about this, does anyone happen to know if Kenneth Washington is mixed? As an artist, I tend to pick up certain traits and characteristics in people's faces that tell me a lot about their ethnic background (take my gal for example, I can tell by the size of her ears and the shape of her nose that she's got German blood in her... that and her family name is German, but that's besides the point), and I've happened to notice in watching Season Six of HH that yes, by all accounts, Kenny Washington is indeed African-American, though some of his feature, such as his nose, for example, look more "European".

So little is known about Kenny (from what I understand, he didn't stick with acting very long and went into teaching later on), but still, as I said, I'm just curious.

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