When Danny Strong won the Best Screenplay of a TV Movie or Miniseries Emmy last month for HBO docudrama Game Change, I have to admit I squealed really loud as I immediately recognized the tiny man climbing the stairs to accept his award:
OMG! That’s Jonathan from Buffy the Vampire Slayer!!!
(Confession time: Just seeing this image makes my eyes leak. If you’re a huge Buffy fan like me, you probably understand why. If not,
then what’s wrong with you? let’s just say that this image refers to one of the most touching moments in the series seven-season run – when Buffy is given a special award for being the “Class Protector.” And the fact that Jonathan is the one to give it to her is significant because…oh god, hang on, need a tissue. Okay, you know what? Just go watch all seven seasons, okay? I’ll wait here.)
Aaaanyway, Danny Strong may always be Jonathan to me, but he’s making a much bigger name for himself as an accomplished screenwriter, which is not surprising considering his long friendship with another great writer – Buffy creator Joss Whedon. And he’s now landed a very lucrative gig penning the screenplay for Mockingjay, the final installment in Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy.
While Strong continues to act occasionally, it’s clear he’s more interested in writing scripts than reviewing them, though he did recently have a small but amusing role on Mad Men as a wannabe copywriter with no actual talent for writing copy. How funny is is that he turns out to be quite the cracker jack writer in real life?