Ever seen “Real Genius”? Ya know, that awesome 80’s movie that was arguably the best thing Val Kilmer has ever done and cemented William Atherton in our hearts and minds as one of cinema’s greatest assholes? (hmmm….Jerry Hathaway or Templeton Peck? Who was the bigger douche? That’s an argument for another post)

Anyway, there was a character in “Real Genius” that was, although no where near the lead, ended up as the most memorable.

That character’s name? Lazlo Hollyfeld. (played by Jon Gries of future “Napoleon Dynamite” fame, who it might seem is more prolific now than the movie’s star, Val Kilmer)

Well, Ol’ Lazlo was this manic genius who lived in a sort of “batcave” in the basement of the science genius school that was the setting for the film. I won’t spoil it for you, but I’ll just say he’s REALLY smart in a way most people could only wish to be.

The fella in this video is the closest thing to a real world Lazlo Hollyfeld I’ve ever scene, he even kind of looks like him! But who is this wonderful genius? I’ll let you read his own words:

I’m Jaimie… Mantzel. I like to do a lot of things. I’m kinda like…. hmmm… who am I like…. Oh, I’m like a cross between MacGuyver (ya, I like to build stuff), and that guy in fight club (not because I fight, because I’m reclusive, resist the system, and live life my own way). Wait, no no. I’m more like a cross between Stewy from family guy, and… uhhh… well, people say “run, forest, run” to me a lot. That might just be because I run a lot, though. OK, I don’t know who I’m like. I’m a super-human space alien monster with a brain the size of a planet. Now stop pressuring me!!!!

So like… does anyone want to hire me to build a giant robot? huh huh?

Yes sir. Very cool. If I had the money, I would hire you to build TWO giant robots. One for each of us. Then we would battle in them til they were obliterated…

….then, we would build more.

Sneak Peak Greatest Toy in the Universe! (by JMEMantzel)

-Capt. Chris

The REAL "Real Genius"

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