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Desc:RIP Verne Troyer, Napoleon on Jack of All Trades (starring Bruce Campbell). Also Mini-Me, obviously.
Category:Classic TV Clips, Humor
Tags:bruce campbell, Napoleon, jack of all trades, verne troyer
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Marlon Brawndo - 2018-04-22
I loved this show. It was comedic genius and it should have lasted longer than one season.

Casting Verne as Napoleon always made me laugh.
sasazuka - 2018-04-22
Well, you sorta got your wish, Jack of All Trades got a truncated second season of 8 episodes, though the first season was only 14 episodes, so the combined 22 episode count was really only on the low end of the episode numbers of a full season of a normal network TV show, or at least it was back in 2000/2001 when a full season of a network TV show lasting 26 episodes was still fairly standard.

I enjoyed Jack of All Trades for what it was, a totally tongue-in-cheek action comedy with a Napoleon only loosely inspired by the actual historical figure. Casting Verne Troyer was kind of stunt casting as, contrary to popular belief, Napoleon was a fairly average adult male height (5′ 7″), but, given that the show wasn't supposed to be a docudrama that was in any war realistic, Troyer was a good choice for the role.

garcet71283 - 2018-04-22
Yeah, the height thing came from British political cartoons of the era...and it kinda just stuck.

BiggerJ - 2018-04-23
I heard the height thing originally emerged from the different between the British and French foot. The french foot is longer, resulting in small numbers for measurements.

Callamon - 2018-04-24
I heard that he had the strength of five gorillas

Anaxagoras - 2018-04-23
I'm not sure what to think about Mr. Troyer's death. My initial instinct is "Awww... poor dude. He was only 49!" But then again, he had a successful career and probably lived his life to the fullest, so that's to be celebrated. On the other hand, he was battling alcoholism near the end, which often makes life a burden. But on the other hand....

And so on, and so forth. God damnit. Celebrity deaths are a lot easier when they're considerate enough to give us a clear narrative through-line.

It sucks when celebrity lives are as messy as our own.
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