Dead Eyes – Character actor Connor Ratliff was fired from a small role on Tom Hanks’ “Band of Brothers” 20 years ago. Ratliff explores the events in the brilliant podcast “Dead Eyes.”

“Dead Eyes” is exactly my kind of thing: Seemingly trivial and lighthearted, but in reality dealing with very deep subjects indeed, about moving on after crushing disappointment.

Ratliff is the first to admit that both the part in the TV show, and his being fired from it, were inconsequential. But they had a profound impact on his life and career for years afterward.

Mitch Wagner @MitchWagner