Here at GPS, we were a little surprised that the usually enterprising blogosphere missed out on a massive payday when the latest trailer for The Thing hit the internet. In it, there are several scenes of human copies transforming into their true monster selves. Inexplicably, however, every single shot featured Wilford Brimley's face instead of the actual characters in the film.
Astute film lovers will remember Brimley as Dr. Blair in John Carpenter's The Thing (1982). There was another movie called The Thing, but that had some Herman Munster-looking dude in it or something. Anyways, we've been hard-pressed to figure out an answer as to why Brimley's face appears on the monsters, since a) his character hasn't even arrived at the site yet, and b) it makes no damn sense.
Personally, I think whoever edited the trailer is having a bit of fun with us moviegoers. The sophistication used in transplanting the younger Brimley into the new film rivals that of Forrest Gump, but these people have way too much time on their hands sometimes. In any case, here are the screen caps our unpaid intern came up with on his lunch break (click to enlarge):
This isn't even a thinged-out Brimley. He's just standing there with everyone else.
At this point, the game is up.
Before the terror is unleashed.
Death from behind.
At this point, who's to say if Brimley will be in the final picture? There will be some pretty significant plot holes if everything isn't explained in minute detail, but I really can't see the filmmakers doing this without good reason. More on this story as it transforms.