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After Last Week's "Treme," How Can You Look at Goodman Without a Certain Achiness?

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 18, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 18, 2010 |

All week, John Goodman has been in the news — well, the Entertainment news, anyway — because the man, who was once pushing 400 pounds, lost a considerable amount of weight recently. I don’t guess that really warrants a post, but I’m posting this clip from Letterman a couple of nights ago — where Goodman amusingly discusses his weight loss — because I haven’t been able to look at Goodman all week without my heart going soft. I don’t want to spoil anything for those still behind on “Treme,” but man: If you saw last week’s episode, you can’t help but wonder if Goodman’s experience in New Orleans, or some of the themes of rebirth entailed in that show, had anything to do with his weight-loss decision.

It’s probably a dumb thing for me to consider or speculate upon, but it’s early on a Friday morning, there’s not a lot going on, and like a lot of folks, I’m a huge fan of Goodman, and he seems like such a goddamn good guy that you just kind of hate the thought of losing the guy prematurely.

I got no snark for this post, but I am looking forward to Sunday’s season finale of “Treme.” And for any of you “The Wire” fans wondering if you should follow “Treme” in its DVD run, well, you should. It’s got plenty of flaws, mostly of the self-indulgent nature, and it’s very much an aimless character study (unlike “The Wire,” which perfectly balanced story and character), but the characters are beautifully drawn and superbly acted, not least of which is Goodman, who best represents New Orleans’ smug stubbornness.

Here’s the clip:

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