I meant to write this yesterday, but I was still reeling from the loss of Bernie Mac. Not that Isaac Hayes takes a back seat to Mac -- while Mac was equally at home on TV, on the big screen and on stage, Hayes was a quadruple threat, with TV, movie, singing and songwriting credits to his name. Obviously, his claim to fame was the theme song to Shaft, but the man also co-wrote two legendary songs for Sam & Dave: "Soul Man" -- which inspired the title of a bad C. Thomas Howell flick, as well as an upcoming film starring Hayes, Mac and Samuel L. Jackson -- and "Hold On! I'm Coming," which has popped up on every soundtrack from Adventures in Babysitting to American Gangster. Yeah, that's right -- Adventures in Babysitting. Is it any wonder the man is a legend in my eyes?
The news that funnyman Bernie Mac passed away over the weekend from complications due to pneumonia still hasn't quite sunk in. All I can hear in my head is his famous quote from Ocean's Eleven, where he spouted, "They might as well call it whitejack!" It still makes me laugh. The 50-year-old actor may be best known for his work in those Ocean's flicks, where he looked fly and cracked wise, but personally I've seen some of his less notable film work and he was always the best thing about them.