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In Ready Player One, the actor Ben Mendelsohn plays Nolan Sorrento, an authority figure who is out of touch with what's important to the "gunters" who play in the Oasis.

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I noticed that he bears a striking resemblance to the actor Paul Gleason, who played a similar out-of-touch authority figure in many popular movies from the 80's including Trading Places, Die Hard, and The Breakfast Club.

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Was this similarity intentional, either on the part of Steven Spielberg or the casting director?

  • Is 'gunters' really the word they used? I won't even hint at looking up the word 'gunt' in case someone actually does, but it's really not one to be used in polite society :\ – Tetsujin Jan 12 at 20:00
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    @Tetsujin Smart to be cautious! But yes, the word is "gunters", which is short for "egg hunters". (In the book, it's spelled the way I spelled it.) – BrettFromLA Jan 12 at 20:09
  • unfortunate accident , then :\ – Tetsujin Jan 12 at 20:11
  • He mostly reminded me of Ed Dillinger from Tron...very similar persona and appearance. See here: tron.fandom.com/wiki/Ed_Dillinger – binarymax Jan 12 at 22:52
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    Considering the entire move is a smorgasbord of 80s references, I wouldn't be at all surprised if that's exactly what they did. I don't have any sources, though. – Steve-O Jan 14 at 14:44

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