Gary Cooper is one of those names that everyone has heard, and I could have sworn prior to this point that, whenever the name "Gary Cooper" came up, I was able to pull up a mental picture of some bygone leading man. So, exactly who was I thinking of, since apparently it wasn't Gary Cooper? Cary Grant? No. Jackie Cooper? Hardly.
I could have sworn that I'd seen a Gary Cooper film at some point, but I couldn't ever recall having seen that face before. I looked at his role display page, only to find...nope. I've never seen a single Gary Cooper film ever. War films, westerns, Ernest Hemingway adaptations...everything I generally tend to avoid in film. I feel sort of cheated. But, how is it that I could know Gary Cooper's name, know of his existence, even *think* I've seen him, without actually having seen him? I've never seen a John Wayne film, but I certainly know what John Wayne looks like. I've never seen anything with Mr. T in it, but I know what he looks like as well.
The mind boggles.