Nathan here. This an open apology to Brett Cullen. Who is Brett Cullen? Good question. Let me explain.
While on a bus at Sundance, Erin and I ran into Lea Thompson, who played Marty McFly’s mother in Back to the Future. Now, Ms. Thompson has done a lot of additional work, but Back to the Future left a huge impression on me. It was the film that made me want to become an actor. I definitely wanted a photo with Ms. Thompson.
As luck would have it, Ms. Thompson and the man accompanying her exited the bus at our volunteer location. Erin and I quickly recognized the man as “that guy from Lost!” At the time, we were in the middle of a nightly “catch Nathan up on Lost” marathon and “that guy” had just died the night before. We later learned “that guy” was Brett Cullen.
I approached the two of them, introduced myself and asked for a photo. Mr. Cullen opted to step out of the photo but I insisted he stay as he was, after all, “in Lost!” Photo flashes…
So, why the apology to Brett Cullen?
Since running into him, Erin and I have seen Mr. Cullen on TV in every freaking movie imaginable. Here’s a short list: Ghostrider, The Replacements, Apollo 13, and Wyatt Earp. He’ll soon be seen in the remake of Red Dawn (the original starred Lea Thompson). We learned he was at Sundance for his role in The Runaways AND Skateland. Plus, Mr. Cullen has been in every TV show imaginable from Alley McBeal to The West Wing to Monk to Desperate Housewives, etc. etc. etc.
So, sorry Brett. You’ve been in a lot of stuff! And you’re definitely not just “that guy from Lost.” Thanks for graciously rolling with that undeserved and limited title.