"I Didn't Think It Was A Whale's Dick, Honey"
Try as I might to watch the celebrated HBO show Big Love I just can't get past the Chet Factor. By that I mean the character Bill Paxton played in the 1985 John Hughes' film Weird Science. In it Paxton served as the ultimate asshole older brother, complete with cigar, shotgun and a recipe for how to make a drunk teen puke (it involved a greasy pork sandwich and a dirty ashtray).
A buffoon, yes, but a memorable one (I've not seen the film in decades, yet it is still the predominant image I have of Paxton). This, I suppose, is the danger of appearing in seminal teen comedies--there's a chance that the role you play in that film will forever be etched upon the young moviegoer's mind. And you'll never be able to undo it, no matter how much scenery you chew trying to justify polygamy and defend your way of life.
Sorry Bill, but you'll always be Chet to me.