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Oscar Isaac Is Gomez Addams But Fans Are Upset That The Character Isn’t As Sexy As The Actor

Ever since it’s been announced that our beloved Oscar Isaac would be the voice of Gomez Addams in the animated remake of The Addams Family, set to be released this Halloween, we’ve been in an uproar. Since the cult classic 1991 feature film, we’ve all dressed up as Wednesday Addams for Halloween, and have been thirsting for more content.

The 2019 animated film will give us Academy Award-winning Charlize Theron to play Morticia, Chloe Grace Moretz to play Wednesday and Finn Wolfhard to play her brother, Pugsley. Here’s what else we know.

Everyone is pointing out that Oscar Isaac has been in cosplay all along.

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No, this is not a promotional shot of Oscar Isaac. This is just pure Oscar channeling Gomez all his life.

Unfortunately, Oscar’s animated self has no real resemblance.

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The Twitterverse is upset about this fact. We all stan a goth Charlize Theron, but one Twitter user complained that they wished Gomez was at least “hot.” Friendly reminder that this is a cartoon, gente.

This isn’t the Gomez Addams we know.

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We validate your frustrations. But before you go public, here’s a family history lesson.

As big of a sex icon that Oscar Isaac is in all our hearts and minds, animators were not going for an Oscar Isaac likeness in Gomez.

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When you typically think of the Addams’, you imagine the 1991 feature film The Addams Family, featuring Raúl Juliá. Few people think of the original comic strip and original comic Gomez that is being recreated.

That said, fans are calling for another live action so we can see Oscar Isaac in all his glory.

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Yes, it’s disappointing that we won’t be able to admire Oscar in all his glory for the hour and change you’ll be watching this film.

But, coño, welcome to the Oscar Isaac Appreciation post you wanted.

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Let us help guide you past the point of pure objectification of the objectively smokin’ actor. Get to know a guy a little.

Isaac’s full name is Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada.

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“All [casting directors] would see me for was ‘the gangster’ or whatever, so I was like, ‘Well, let me see if this helps,'” he told Esquire of his name change. His father’s side has Jewish ancestry, which is honored in his middle name, Isaac. Once people started assuming he was Jewish, directors even passed on him for Latino roles. 🤦‍♂️

He is half Cuban and half Guatemalan.

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His mother, María Eugenia Estrada, was Guatemalan. His Cuban father, Óscar Gonzalo Hernández-Cano, was a pulmonologist. Today, his sister is a climate scientist.

Isaac was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

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When he was five years old, the family moved to Miami for a better life. He’s so Miami, he even went to Miami Dade for some of his college. If you’re Miami, you know.

Today, the actor is 40 years old.

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This Latino stereotype we see to be true: we just keep getting better with age.

Isaac was expelled from his Christian school in 7th grade.

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Isaac told Details the likely reasons he was expelled: “I sprayed a fire extinguisher in the gym and defaced a mural. Wrote curse words on all the stairs up to the library, like s**tf**ka**, all the way to the top step. Yeah, it was just stupid, stupid.”

He was raised in a strictly Evangelical Christian household.

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He told Rolling Stone, “The social-conservative culture wasn’t lining up with what I was understanding Jesus was saying.” He did not see eye to eye with his parents growing up.

Which is all ironic given that his break out role was as Saint Joseph in The Nativity Scene.

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Remember that movie your dad made you all watch every Navidad since 2006? That’s courtesy of Saint Oscar Isaac himself.

He was in a bunch of punk bands in the 1990s.

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Before he ventured out into acting, he was passionate about music. Some of the ska bands he performed with include Closet Heterosexuals, Petrified Frogs, and The Worms.

Isaac went to the prestigious Juilliard.

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While he was performing in bands and some stage productions, he was working on his admissions requirements for Juilliard. While at the school, he was even classmates with his future co-star in A Most Violent Year, Jessica Chastain.

Isaac won his first Golden Globe for his performance in HBO’s Show Me a Hero.

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He portrayed the youngest ever mayor of Yonkers, New York, Nick Wasicsko. Wasicsko is best known for his successful desegregation of public housing.

Isaac named his son after his mother, Eugenia.

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He married Danish film director Elvira Lind in February 2017. In April of that year, they had their son, Eugene, together.

His first credited film role was “Pool Boy.”

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This was back in 1998, well before Rolling Stone dubbed him “The Internet’s Boyfriend” in 2016. Needless to say, he’s been dubbed a sex symbol, but Isaac maintains he’s the picture of monogamy.

Isaac listed his experience as an orderly at his dad’s hospital for Juilliard.

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He told Vice, “When I applied to Juilliard, they asked, ‘What other jobs have you done that qualifies you?’ I put the hospital down, because you get to see the extremes of humanity there—life and death.”

We cannot wait to hear his suave adoration for all things spooky as Gomez.

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With a rap sheet like Ex Machina, A Most Violent Year, and Inside Llewyn Davis in his recent history, we hope we see Isaac scoring more roles. To this day, he won’t consider himself a “movie star.” He’s simply a devoted (successful) actor.

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‘The Book Of Life:’ Looking Back At The ‘Other’ Día De Los Muertos Movie That Is Also Awesome

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‘The Book Of Life:’ Looking Back At The ‘Other’ Día De Los Muertos Movie That Is Also Awesome

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Sometimes two movies of a very particular theme come out within a few years and, sadly, one of them sort of overshadows the other. Pixar’s “Bug’s Life,” for example, became the epitome of insect kids movies and the very smart and very funny “Antz” from DreamWorks, has been sort of forgotten. 

This is the case with the two Day of the Dead films to come out of major American studios. Yes, almost everyone remembers Pixar’s amazing “Coco”, but fewer in mainstream audiences hold the same place for Twentieth Century Fox’s “The Book of Life.” They are both amazing films that, surprisingly for a Hollywood production, respect Mexican traditions and do their homework to avoid cultural appropriation. Of course, there are some stereotypes and twisted facts when it comes to history and Mexican lore. 

1. “The Book of Life” was released in 2014, three years before “Coco” hit the screens.

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In fact, it could be argued that “The Book of Life” prepared the ground for “Coco” to be a success. Us Latinos are used to traditions involving the dead, but not many international markets are. Day of the Dead might seem “weird” or “creepy” for some cultures that are less used to dealing with the afterlife. 

2. The film was produced by Oscar-winner Guillermo Del Toro, the wonderful Mexican director.

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And well, we know that he has high respect, and even reverence, for tradition. The director oversaw every aspect of the production and we can see his imagination permeate some of the shots in the colorful, joyous movie. 

3. Yeah, yeah, but what is the movie about?

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The movie follows Manolo, a man who has to follow his own path in life even if this goes against his family tradition. This adventure takes him in three realms of reality, or worlds, in which he encounters the mysteries of life and death. Does it sound a little bit like “Coco” to you? Yeah, it kinda does eh? Well, but Manolo is an adult and of course, there is a damsel in the picture. 

4. The film was going to be called simply “Day of the Dead.” “El Matador” was also considered.

Oh, man, they really dodged a bullet. If they had called the movie “The Matador” we can only imagine the many rightful protests that animal rights organizations would have staged. And, to be honest, “The Book of Life” really celebrates the meaning of Day of the Dead: it is a celebration of past and present lived experiences. 

5. The movie starts in the best place for any kid’s movie to begin… 

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Yes, the story is told through a magical book found in a museum. What a good lesson for los chiquitos. 

6. And the music!

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When you got an Oscar winner and the musical baggage of Mexico to score a film, chances are the results will be pretty spectacular. As The Saturday Star reported back in 2015: “Besides the original score and songs by two-time Oscar winner Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain, Babel) and veteran songwriter Paul Williams, there are fun, mariachi-flavored versions of pop hits like Mumford and Sons'”I Will Wait,” Radiohead’s “Creep,” and Rod Stewart’s “Do You Think I’m Sexy?” Yes, that is right, a mariachi version of “Creep.”

7. But the plot is much more than adventure, it is an ancient predicament.

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The scriptwriters had to be super cautious with respecting tradition, so they came up with a new very interesting mythology. As The Independent summed up when the film was released, the story is pretty creative: “The plot is set in motion by squabbling married gods La Muerta (Kate del Castillo) and Xibabla (del Toro regular Ron Perlman), who make a wager as to which of the two men Maria will choose. Meanwhile, the Land of the Living is beset by the villainous monster Chakal (Dan Navarro) and his gang of bandits. Acerbically commenting on the proceedings from the sidelines is the whiskered, elderly Grandma, hilariously voiced by Grey Griffin.” Kate del Castillo fighting Ron Perlman? Yes, please! Woman power!

8. Critics just adored the animation and the magical world created on the screen.

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The 3D visuals just pop with color and we can almost smell the copal and the flowers. The Satellite critic judged when the film was released: “The unique and mesmerizing animation is unlike any other film of recent memory and its quick wit makes it genuinely funnier than most major comedies”. And he found it sad that the film risked being ignored: “As we close the book on another school holiday, The Book of Life may fly under the radar of most moviegoers, especially with its late release and the loud roar of engines bursting through the walls of surrounding cinemas”. 

9. So yes, Ron Perlman collaborated with Guillermo Del Toro once again.

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What an amazing creative pair. The “Hellboy” actor voiced Xibalba, an ancient indigenous spirit. He is big and amazing, just like Perlman, one of Del Toro’s most trusted collaborators and who acted in the director’s first feature film, “Cronos,” when young Guillermo was unknown. 

10. The movie shows a strong female lead.

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Yes, the backbone of the film is the decision that Maria will take in terms of her romantic life. This might seem a bit macho at first, but you gotta see the film to realize that she is so much more than a damsel in distress.

11. The voice talent is amazing, like a Walk of Fame in a movie.

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Our very own Kate Del Castillo, Zoe Saldana, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Danny Trejo, Channing Tatum and even the Spanish opera superstar Placido Domingo. Seriously, the voice talent by itself is a monument, an ode to diversity. That’s how it is done, mijos. 

12. Director Jorge R. Gutierrez draws from various visual traditions.

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What makes this film so special is the number of influences that the director is able to conjure in the festive final product. Jake Wilson, from The Sydney Morning Herald, was super impressed: “Gutierrez’s style is colorful, even freakish: he draws from Mexican folk art, but also from Cubism, stop-motion animation – The Nightmare Before Christmas is a clear inspiration – and underground cartooning. Though the characters have a limited expressive range, their stiffness is given a neat rationale: they’re imagined as intricately carved wooden puppets, with visible joints, big blocky bodies, and spindly legs”. Yes, you can stop the film in any frame and just be impressed by the craftsmanship. 

13. And of course, the characters have gotten their own Funko Pops!

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Yes, this is proof that they have broken into mainstream popular culture. 

14. Will there be a sequel?

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It certainly seems so! In 2017 Gutierrez announced that a second film was under development. But let’s remember that they take years to be produced due to the complexity of the art.

15. In the meantime, here’s a wonderful padre-hija duo

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Can we get a collective “Ay, cositos”?

16. But did “Coco” monopolize Day of the Dead culture?

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No! Why can European folktales have multiple film versions and Global South traditions can’t? The more the merrier!

17. There is some pretty awesome fan art out there, in case you were wondering.

It is clear that “Coco” might be the most commercially successful telling of Día de los Muertos, however, “Book of Life” is one we all remember and love.

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IHOP Introduces Dreadful ‘Addams Family’ Menu And I Am Eating Everything

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IHOP Introduces Dreadful ‘Addams Family’ Menu And I Am Eating Everything

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There’s a new Addams Family film dropping October 11. The Addams Family, an animated remake of America’s spookiest, macabre family, stars Oscar Isaac as Gomez, Charlize Theron as Morticia Addams, Finn Wolfhard as Pugsley Addams, Chloe Grace Moretz as Wednesday Addams, Snoop Dogg as Cousin Itt, and Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester. 

Christina Aguilera is even said to be dropping the film’s theme song next month, but until then we will be gorging on Wednesday’s Web-Cakes. IHOP has dropped a new Addams Family-inspired menu that looks both tasty and Instagrammable. 

“Much like the new film, IHOP is putting a dreadfully delicious twist on classic menu items by adding ‘webs’ of HERSHEY’S Chocolate Syrup and white icing, violet whipped topping and more to sweet and savory favorites. The pairing of these two brands – both iconic and multigenerational – creates the perfect way for families to celebrate Halloween, one of the biggest American holidays of the year,” the restaurant stated in a press release. 

The Addams Family 

Cartoonist Charles Addams came up with the series for the New Yorker in 1938, which started as a one-panel comic about a satirically morose American family. One thing that sets them apart from other dark characters of the time is that the family is creepy but not evil, they’re sardonic but not hateful, they are generally misanthropic but they love each other. 

This is why we continue to fall in love with the family over 80 years later. The panel would inspire the 1960s television show, then, of course, the iconic movie 90s series starring Raul Julia and Christina Ricci. Now, we’ve got a new version for a new generation of kids who need a bit of that Addams Family irony in their lives. 

Wednesday’s Web-Cakes

Named after Wednesday Addams, the Web-Cakes feature IHOP’s signature buttermilk pancakes with cupcake icing, a web of chocolate drawn in Hershey’s chocolate syrup, and a violet whipped topping. If you don’t like sweets, you might want to stay away from this one. If you’ve got kids or just enjoy the portion control, you can grab the Web-Cakes as part of the Kooky Kids’ Combo, which has one Web-Cake, a scrambled egg, and one strip of bacon or sausage. 

“We wanted to take our most quintessential menu items, such as our Buttermilk pancakes, omelettes and milkshakes, and put a signature Addams Family twist on them. The menu items are so good it’s scary,” Alissa Gmelich, Vice President, Marketing at IHOP said in a press release. “Our culinary team had a lot of fun playing around with distinctive flavors and eye-catching colors to create a menu that will be delightfully spooky and delicious for families of all ages, including grown-up kids, all month long.”

Uncle Fester’s Chocolate Ice Cream Shake

IHOP has updated its “haunted” house-made milkshake, made with Hershey’s chocolate ice cream, by adding the spooky violet whipped cream topping. I feel like this is what Veronica from Riverdale should be actually sipping at Pop’s Diner.

Morticia’s Haunted Hot Chocolate

The new toasted marshmallow hot chocolate is also topped with the violet whipped cream. Who knows how this is going to taste, but at the very least you will have a lovely Instagram photo. That violet is vibrant. It may not be cold enough to start sipping hot chocolate (thanks, global warming!) but sometimes you still need those chill, fall vibes. 

Gomez Green Chili Omelette

The omelette has marinated pulled pork, jack and cheddar cheeses, fire-roasted peppers and onions, and green chile verde sauce topped with sour cream. While I don’t think the omelette is very spooky, it is nice they’re clearly paying some kind of homage to Gomez’s Latinx roots. 

Kids are welcome

Every now and then, IHOP let’s children under 12 years old eat for free, which is actually pretty cool. Kids will be able to enjoy the Kooky Kids Combo on the house from 4-10 PM from now until November 3rd. (Adults must purchase one entree to qualify.) 

“To celebrate the Halloween season, we welcome The Addams Family into our house,” said Gmelich. “The quirkiness of The Addams Family matches our own playfulness as a brand, so a partnership with MGM’s Addams Family movie felt like a great fit. Now, guests can pair an afternoon at the movies with our Addams Family-inspired menu – and a great Kids Eat Free offer – that is as kooky as it is delicious.” 

Get into the Halloween spirit with these spooky treats. At the end of the day, the only question you need to ask yourself is: do pancakes taste better or worse with chocolate and whipped cream? I think you know what your heart is saying.