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Sally Field Is a Retro Gamer (and Here's the Proof)
By Cyril Lachel     |   Posted on September 23, 2014   |   Episode 37 (Show Archive)  

   
After fifty years making movies and television, it's safe to say that Sally Field has enjoyed an incredible career. She's not only one of Hollywood's most celebrated actors, but also one of the most versatile. Starring in movies as diverse as Mrs. Doubtfire, Forrest Gump, Lincoln and The Amazing Spider-Man, this two-time Oscar winner continues to be popular with movie fans of all ages.

But did you know that Sally Field has conquered more than just movies, television and music? After going head-to-head with Ganon, the former Flying Nun also conquered the world of Hyrule.

Sally Field as Gidget (1966)

In a 2000 interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Gidget star admitted that she had fallen in love with The Legend of Zelda on the Nintendo Entertainment System. "It's 'The Hero's Journey,'" she explains to Jeff Jensen. "It's this little character who goes into dungeons and finds little treasures. There's these big, big problems you run into, and you kind of figure out how to beat them. I've lost days of my life playing it. Highly addictive."

While you were playing the Sega Dreamcast or patiently waiting to get your hands on Sony's PlayStation 2, Sally Field was busy working her way through a 13 year old 8-bit adventure game. As far as I'm concerned, this makes her a card-carrying retro gamer.

Sally Field wins the Oscar in 1985

Curiously, her love for Link's adventure is the jumping off point for this 14 year old article. "Sally Field is hooked on Nintendo," the story begins. Taking the metaphor one step further, the Entertainment Weekly writer noted that "it would be wise for the Nintendo generation of teenagers who rule our pop-cult roost -- the Britneys, Brandys, and Buffys -- to study how Field has played this game."

One can only hope that the star eventually moved on to A Link to the Past, Link's Awakening and Ocarina of Time. If she has kept the same pace, she should be gearing up to play Wind Waker sometime next year. She's going to love it.


Despite Sally Field admitting to being addicted to The Legend of Zelda, that didn't stop Entertainment Weekly from continuing to poke fun at gamers with their horribly outdated (even in 2000) punchlines in the very same issue. "From now on you have to be 17 or older to buy [a violent video game] from Kmart or Wal-Mart," sets up "comedy writer" Jim Mullen. The punchline: "And dateless."

Perhaps Jim Mullen should have read Jeff Jensen's piece about Sally Field.


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