The Ugly Betty Michael Brea guest appearance came and went years ago. Yet the Ugly Betty Michael Brea role is now very infamous, and tied to a horrific murder. The story of someone killing his mother with a samurai sword while ordering her to repent is noteworthy enough. But since the accused is an actor who appeared on a popular TV show years back, it has become a bigger story. Although Ugly Betty had Brea come on briefly once, the show is now tied to this gruesome crime.
Practically no one heard of Brea before this week, or even knew of his cameos on television. Yet he became an infamous name days ago, when he was charged with killing his mother. What’s more, he is accused of killing her with a samurai sword while reciting Bible quotes at her.
The Ugly Betty-Brea connection is very small, yet it has become a subplot to this story. Practically every headline has identified the accused as an actor from the show, although he merely made a walk-on appearance years ago.
ABC has already distanced itself from it, saying that he was “just a guy in the background.” He was also a background player in Step Up 3D last year, which is a more recent accomplishment. But since it didn’t do much business, the press is latching on to his TV appearance.
Before the connection was discovered, the show was fading into history. It had ended its four-year run in April 2010, as it had faded back after its hot start. Now, the show isn’t back in the headlines again due to its popularity, or anything its former stars had done. Rather, it is tied to infamy because of someone who worked on it for a day.
The murder is already noteworthy enough due to its insane circumstances. It is enough of a hook that someone allegedly used a samurai sword to kill his mother while in religious hysteria. But even in this business, that isn’t quite enough as a hook.
As such, Ugly Betty and Brea are tied together in this story, despite their slim connection. Being an actor didn’t drive him to commit this crime, if he is guilty, since it appears other forces worked through him.
Yet this proves that even a small connection to Hollywood can make a crime especially infamous – even if it is infamous enough on its own. However, Ugly Betty will ultimately be remembered for more than this again, while Brea will never be remembered for anything else – especially if he’s guilty.
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