Young Sheldon fans will know Rex Linn as the actor behind recurring character Tom Petersen, the principal of Sheldon’s high school. Linn has appeared in many popular films throughout his career, including a role in the main cast of CSI: Miami and a recurring role on the ongoing AMC drama Better Call Saul. However, as with any prolific actor, there are some credits that are looked back on less positively than others. Such is the case with Linn’s role in Cutthroat Island.
In the film, Linn portrays Mr. Blair, the resident quartermaster of the pirate crew led by Morgan Adams (Geena Davis). Although Blair doesn’t play a major role, he serves as one of the film’s most visually striking character designs, as he sports a striking web of dotted-line tattoos across his face. According to Linn, he had a lot of influence on Blair’s performance. “When producer/director Renny Harlin and I started discussing the character, I wanted to come up with something that was an anomaly,” Linn said in an interview with The Oklahoman. “I found a picture of a 17th-century Tahitian pirate with tattoos on his face.”
While Linn’s role in Cutthroat Island is far from the pinnacle of his career, it’s at least a decently entertaining performance to look back on. Seeing the face of Sheldon’s mild-mannered headmaster on that of a swashbuckling pirate is strange novelty for Young Sheldon fans.