By Dylan Hubert
I can’t help but be jealous of Zack and Cody Martin from hit Disney Channel show “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.” I think about how much fun it would’ve been to be able to live in a hotel for a few years when I was a kid. Soaps are replaced, towels are cleaned and beds are made — no matter how much you jump on them.
Despite how magical these places seem, there is always that one grumpy adult that is trying to ruin the fun. In the case of “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,” that character was Mr. Moseby, played by Phill Lewis.
Moseby, the manager of the hotel that Zack and Cody resided in, was notorious for killing the fun. Through notable lines such as “no running in my lobby,” he set the tone as a no-nonsense-kind-of-guy.
Lewis’s performance as Moseby was most notable because of his great ability to perform with physical comedy. Not only did he act like a stuck-up hotel manager, but his quirks and over-the-top body language cemented himself into the role.
One way that this was highlighted in the show was through the repeated gaff of Moseby diving to save a decorative vase from crashing off of a table and shattering. This vase was always being knocked over by the rambunctious boys and their mischief, but Moseby would always flail his body out just in the knick of time in order to save it from connecting with the ground.
After breaking into the industry with a role in the 1988 movie “Heathers,” Lewis would continue to find work by playing smaller roles in shows like “Friends,” “Scrubs” and “How I Met Your Mother.” Despite these roles, Lewis is undoubtedly best known for his success on Disney Channel shows. Recently, he has made more of a transition to being behind the camera by directing television shows.
My friends and I often mention Lewis in everyday conversations. It isn’t his marvelous acting that we are talking about, but rather, just reminiscing on all of our fond memories of watching him on the screen.
In fact, we love Lewis so much that we laid down a rap song in his honor, respectfully titled “Phill Lewis.” This song is all about trying to make it to be successful in this crazy world and how Phill Lewis is helping us get there.
So, the next time you are in a hotel, I challenge you to find your inner-child and let out a little sprint in the middle of the hotel lobby. Sure, this may be immature and people may give you odd looks, but hopefully, little actions like these will provide you with a lifetime of fun. If a manager turns and yells at you by saying “no running in my lobby,” smile at them and respectfully knock their decorative vase over as you politely return to your room.