Josh-ing Around With Being Human

By Tim Surette

Feb 01, 2011

Let's get the quick micro-review/recap of last night's episode out of the way first: Sally got tutored by a hair-band ghost and might soon be able to touch Danny. Josh, for some reason, got involved with the Neighborhood Watch group (and met some funny new characters along the way). And Aidan was stalked by a pervy ex-gay lover man who believed Aidan killed his dad many years ago (he did).

Things seemed a bit busier in this episode than they did in the two-part opener, and the result was a diluted emotional punch, as each storyline wasn't given the proper screen time. However, I'm still enjoying the heck out of this series. It's playful and bloody, just how I like it. I've also come to the conclusion that both the U.S. Canadian and U.K. versions of Being Human can coexist. You may prefer one over the other, and that's fine, but in this dude's mind, they're both great.

Okay, now let's talk about Sam Huntington. Sam, of course, plays Josh, the sheepish werewolf who hasn't gotten laid in years. The man has some of the busiest face muscles in the business.

Those screengrabs are from an episode that wasn't even Josh-heavy (the last one, of course, was of Huntington on ABC's Cavemen). The man can stretch his face in every direction, like a Jim Carrey facsimile.

Josh is based on the original series character of George, who's played just as spectacularly awkward by Russell Tovey. But while Huntington is a flesh-and-blood Chuck Jones character, Tovey uses more stuttering and squeaking to convey George's clownishness. It's two different takes on what amounts to the same role, and is as close to a Michael Scott/David Brent from The Office situation as we've seen in recent years.

And while I'm a big fan of both George and Tovey, I can't help but be mesmerized by Huntington. I'm not even really sure I like him in the role; I just know that the many permutations of his face capture my attention even if they do hint at overacting.

Still, Huntington, throughout his career, has always come off as a likable guy to me. Yes, even on Cavemen. And definitely in Not Another Teen Movie. He and his face are welcome on my TV screen anytime. I know lots of people have been slamming Sam Witwer as Aidan, but I've been wondering what everyone thinks of Huntington as Josh.

And just to be fair, here's Sam Witwer's busy costume day as Aidan. I really love the mustachioed proper gentleman Aidan if for no other reason than it's completely absurd.

Independently of Russell Tovey's performance as George, what's your feeling on Sam Huntington as Josh?

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  • billygardener Mar 17, 2011

    The sams are two of the best actors around. They are PERFECT choices for the parts. These roles are difficult in comparison to those of many other shows, but these guys are right on. I look at Sam Huntington and think that no one could play the part like he can, and the same is true for Sam Witwer.. In a show that depends so much on facial and body expression, they are first class!

  • CjGarcia Feb 17, 2011

    I have an unhealthy obsession with this man. Sam Huntington. He is amazing.

  • ConstantineStav Feb 02, 2011

    He's weird but good weird...

  • xheroesx110 Feb 02, 2011

    he's amazing on the show , love him.

  • romasticblossom Feb 02, 2011

    I love him. Sam Huntington as Josh is pure amusement :D Yet, he make us feel bad for Josh and how his life turned out to be. He is my favorite character of the show!

  • hot_babe101 Feb 02, 2011

    Sam Huntington is pure amazing.
    Hes just got this thing about him that make you fall straight inlove with his character.

  • provencrt Feb 02, 2011

    Sam Huntington rocks, and being human us is not bad at all, but i will always stay true to the original

  • sasou82 Feb 02, 2011

    I've always loved Sam Huntington... Since Jungle2Jungle to Not Another Teen Movie to Sleepover to Veronica Mars to Caveman to now on Being Human... I've grown up with that face!

  • BJoe24 Feb 02, 2011

    I love Huntington as Josh. He's cute and funny and his facial skills are up there with Dule Hill from Psych. And though I've only seen about 6 episodes of the UK version, I actually prefer Witwer as Aidan because he's not quite so dark and gritty. He's got a more boyish face that brings a slightly softer side to the character and makes him feel slightly more... ehem... human to me.

  • sweetsaintz Feb 02, 2011

    Both actors are wonderful in their roles! Huntington is absolutely adorable in that puppy dog way of his that makes you sympathetic to his plight. And Witwer is the perfect balance of good and bad. One minute he's dripping blood from his fangs and the next minute he's saving Josh's ass, he's handling both sides of the character really well. I'm really enjoying this show...

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