When I found out that James Van Der Beek was starring in a Lifetime movie based on one of Jodi Picoult‘s books, the airdate couldn’t come fast enough. Jodi Picoult’s Salem Falls combines some of my favorite things: The author’s penchant for dramatic courtroom dramas (it’s one of her better books), a truly shocking twist ending, and the potential for some amazing James Van Der Beek faces.
See, James is famous for playing Dawson Leary on The WB’s Dawson’s Creek, and especially for this expression that has gained Internet infamy:
Considering that in Salem Falls James plays a former teacher who admits to raping a student even though he didn’t do it, then gets falsely accused by a second student in an entirely different town, we figured the movie was ripe for a recreation of Crying Dawson. James gets this: He even teamed up with Funny Or Die last year to launch a Tumblr called Vandermemes, where he scrunches up his face and cries like a champ.
For the most part, James didn’t disappoint in Salem Falls: I snapped photos of his many expressions, several of which made me laugh out loud. Sadly, there are no tears shed, but we found a photo that’s almost as good.