Movie: The Fugitive
Character Type: Scully
Best Line: “Wait a minute … Half of the samples he approved were signed [beat] the day he died.”
This is one of those sweet moments when you’re like, “Jane Lynch was in what?!” Because even though it makes sense that Jane Lynch has been in everything, it also doesn’t. How is it possible that she showed up in everything like the gnome in Amelie?
Context: Jane Lynch begins her career in 1988 with Taxi Killer and Vice Versa. Five years and two movies later, here she is sharing valuable script time with none other than Harrison Ford in the pretty great movie version of The Fugitive. Harrison Ford, by the by, is pretty much at the height of his career – this is way before Six Days, Seven Nights with our favorite desert wanderer Anne Heche. Speaking of deserts, Jane explained a little more than a year ago in an interview with The AV Club how this movie is the reason why she came out to our little desert town:
[I]t ended up being kind of a big deal for me. It’s what gave me the confidence to come out to Los Angeles and go, “Maybe I can do this out here.” … The Fugitive, I thought would be my big break too. And actually, … I did hope The Fugitive would lead to something else right away, which it didn’t. But it was really exciting[.]
In The Fugitive, Jane Lynch is Dr. Kathy Wahlund, a doctor who works Dr. Kimble’s [Ford] hospital. She is very serious, and she is very smart. She’s Scully to his Mulder: she’s the only doctor who can give him the analysis he needs to solve his case, and she’s the only person he can trust. For your viewing pleasure, then, Jane Lynch is Dr. Kathy Wahlund at 2:32, cracking the case but not so much a smile, other than one out of disbelief (you’ll see).Tags: harrison ford, the fugitive, The Jane Lynch Project