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One High quality Face – A Deeper Take a look at the Face of Jim Henson


Generally I discover myself in discussions about what it will be like in the event that they made a biopic about Jim Henson. I can’t think about why this retains occurring to me, however I attempt to play alongside anyway. The difficulty is, I can by no means consider an actor who seize’s Jim Henson’s “vibe.”

In fact, most of that might come from the efficiency. His vibe is outlined by little issues like the way in which he spoke and the way in which he didn’t converse, the way in which he stood tall and sat low, and the way in which he’d wiggle his finger at all the things on the dessert tray at eating places whereas questioning the waiter about each. Even nonetheless, I can’t assist however surprise which actor most intently resembles Jim Henson by way of bodily look.

Naturally, I just lately determined to check numerous photos of Jim Henson to lastly resolve the query of who can be the proper bodily match for him. Not less than I thought that’s what I used to be going to do, however I bumped into an issue: no person seems like Jim Henson.

No person. Not even slightly bit. Which may sound prefer it’s not saying a lot since all people is exclusive. Heck, I’m positive there have been a dozen Sesame Avenue songs about how completely different individuals can look from one another, in all probability with lyrics like, “Hey there, kiddies! Guess what? No person seems such as you. No person. Not even slightly bit. Which may sound prefer it’s not saying a lot since all people is exclusive. Heck, I’m positive there have been a dozen ladybugs on the ladybug picniiiiiiiiic!”

Nonetheless, Jim Henson’s look is so distinct, and it’s superb that most individuals simply speak about his peak. Apparently, his driver’s license says he’s 6’ 1”, however Frank Oz swears that may’t be true as a result of Frank is 6’ 1” and Jim was twice as tall, as seen right here:

In fact, that image’s from Frank Oz’s creativeness. It’s not actual. We made it up. It’s all fiction.

These subsequent few photos, nevertheless, received’t be made up. We’re going to check just a few photos of Jim Henson that spotlight his distinct options. This isn’t a important piece – all people’s lovely, and we now have a specific affection right here at ToughPigs for all the things about Jim’s aura – but it surely’s fascinating to take a more in-depth have a look at the person we have fun in most all the things we do round right here.

Let’s begin with an image of his face from when it wasn’t completely lined with hair.

Take a look at this man. Take a look at his eyes! Take a look at his nostril! Take a look at his mouth! The perfect phrase I’ve ever heard anybody use to explain this pre-biblical-beard Jim Henson is dashing, and I’d have cherished to see him as a ‘50s film star. These scars would have made him excellent for a movie noir. It’s virtually a disgrace he lined up a lot of his face. Let’s zoom in on some particular options…

He’s Obtained Two Eyes

Ever discover how Jim’s eyes don’t fairly look in the identical path? It’s true! Look him up on Google Photographs and also you’ll discover it in virtually all his pictures now. Gosh, Don Sahlin should have hated it. I, nevertheless, love his beautiful gaze. With these deep-set eyes of blue beneath gentle eyebrows, his stare had such an unimaginable energy to it, and I’ve lengthy suspected that a part of why my Jim-focused Twitter accounts grabbed individuals like they did is the way in which the profile photos I used all centered on Jim’ stare. He seems proper into your soul..

He’s Obtained Two Ears

This man has no earlobes. Or, somewhat, he has connected earlobes, which I didn’t know a lot about earlier than I began scripting this. I Googled the time period and ended up on some random medical web site that stated the next: “Connected earlobes should not uncommon however are additionally not generally discovered.” Very informative. I simply assumed he’d gotten the surgical procedure to make his ears look extra like Muppet ears. I hope you’ll all want me luck once I get mine.

He’s Obtained a Mouth

Once I was a pupil on the College of Maryland, I spent loads of time on the Jim Henson bench, taking a look at all of the little particulars that make that statue so nice. One in every of my favorites has at all times been that they acquired the enamel proper. Jim’s acquired one entrance tooth stepping out in entrance of the opposite. I wish to name it “the upstager.” Jim should have cherished that little man.

He’s Obtained a Cheek Proper Right here

It’s like he has very toned cheek muscle groups from flexing them by smiling and laughing on a regular basis.

And Right here He’s Obtained One other Cheek

Yup, there he goes, flexing these cheeks!

He’s Obtained a Nostril

A part of why Jim appears so, so tall is his lengthy face, and far of what makes his face so lengthy is his nostril. It goes on for miles. It’s not lengthy in the identical path as Jughead’s nostril, however they’re in all probability comparable in dimension.

He’s Obtained a Chin

I’m at all times jealous of his facial hair. It’s so full and so scruffy. It compliments his coiffure, which, by the ‘80s, was skinny on prime and lengthy within the again. In context, although, it’s straightforward to see what all of us ought to have recognized: Jim’s beard isn’t even near being his most distinctive characteristic. It’s, nevertheless, a part of one advantageous face, and a part of why no person seems like Jim Henson.

Click on right here to admire Ernie for getting Elmo to sing the phrase “me” in “One High quality Face” on the ToughPigs discussion board!

by JD Hansel

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