Forget the fluff and fold: Andrew McCarthy's now an award-winning travel writer
"Fluff's what I write for the paper," Andrew McCarthy's character laments in St. Elmo's Fire. (Join the club, sir.) But, the former Brat Pack actor now can claim the honor of being an award-winning journalist himself.
McCarthy (the Pretty in Pink star whom I still love more in 1983's Class) has been named the 2010 Travel Journalist of the Year in the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition. His travel pieces have appeared in Slate, National Geographic Traveler and The Atlantic.
The judges said of his work: "The versatility and power of Andrew McCarthy’s writing is clearly evident throughout his portfolio of entries. Whether he is recalling the accidental death of a 16-year-old girl in the Wyoming wilderness or seeking out the best soda bread recipe in Ireland, readers experience the highs and highs of excellent reporting, writing and storytelling."
Oh sure. He can't handle an upside down margarita from Jacqueline Bisset or handglide with Kim Cattrall during a department store (Mannequin reference anyone? Come on, work with me), but now he's coming into MY business and stealing glory from us non-actors!?! Aww, we forgive you.
TOP 5 ANDREW McCARTHY LINES OF THE '80s:
5. "Do you know that you girls have televisions between your legs?" (Less Than Zero)
4. "Man overboard!" (Weekend at Bernie's)
3. "I'm sorry. But I was just so humiliated I just had to kill myself." (Class)
2. "I believed in you. I just didn't believe in me." (Pretty in Pink)
1. "Forever got a lot shorter all of a sudden." (St. Elmo's Fire)