Everyone Loves a Comeback...
So there's this movie coming out in a couple weeks called The Brigsby Bear. I don't know if you have seen the trailer yet, or even if you've even heard of it, but The Brigsby Bear may be one of the most unique films we see all year. From the minimal information I found on Wikipedia, it is about a child named James Pope who is kidnapped and kept hidden from the outside world. During his "stay" (for lack of a better term) he is exposed to a singular form of entertainment, a children's show called "The Brigsby Bear". When later reintroduced to society, James discovers most of the things in his life were not real, I'm assuming staged by his captors, and decides to carry on the legacy of his favorite television performer. There is also a post-apocalyptic theme present in the preview but I'm not sure exactly how much of that will be important to the plot.
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With all the blockbuster mega-plex movies we are fed every year, it's good to take a step away from all that and appreciate the independent cinema, where originality still exists. The Brigsby Bear debuted at Sundance in 2017 and boasts a pretty interesting cast that includes; Kyle Mooney, Claire Danes, Greg Kinnear, Andy Samberg, and Mark Hamill.
Yes... Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker himself has been cast in the project and from the looks of the trailer, his role will be rather memorable. I know he never really went anywhere as he made a name for himself in the realm of voice over acting, most notably, the Joker in many of the DC animated adventures. He has two hundred ninety-six acting credits on IMDB.com and for the life of me I couldn't name a Mark Hamill movie outside of the Star Wars Universe to save my own life. I can remember him from The Flash TV show in the early 1990's and a cameo in Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back but not much else. He is an icon, no doubt, but with The Brigsby Bear, he has a chance to make a triumphant re-branding on the big screen. Independent film-making can take audiences places mainstream movies would not dare touch, and more often than not these stories call for characters that break traditional molds.
If you think it's impossible, take a look at Bill Murray (66 years old), a man who has risen to a whole new level of prestige in recently, due mainly to his involvement with projects that fly below the radar of the big Hollywood studios. I'll even say that Murray would be nowhere what he is today without the likes of Wes Anderson and Sofia Coppolla. Because let's face it, he had tons of commercial success that lasted for the better part of forty years but all the critical acclaim has come in the last decade. Larger Than Life wasn't getting him any Oscar nominations. I realize everyone has a stain on their resume but this pedestal he's been put on lately (thank you hipsters), websites like the Chive.com putting his face on t-shirts, bars in Detroit called Bill Murray (yes it existed), do think these would exist without Steve Zissou? Or Bob Harris? Or Don Johnson (Broken Flowers)? I'm guessing no.
It makes me wonder when history remembers Bill Murray, which Bill Murray they will remember? Stripes or Rushmore?
Want a couple more examples?
Old Michael Keaton (65 years old) has been crushing it. Sure, he's Batman, but in Hollywood years that is practically a century ago. Keaton had a couple hits in the 1990's and slipped into more supporting roles at the start of the 2000's. Then in 2014 he teamed up with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Birdman Or (The Unexpected Ignorance Of Virtue), and won the Oscar for Best Picture. In 2015, he was in Spotlight, which also won Best Picture. Are we living in the Keaton-sance? It won't be long before the guy who played Beetlejuice is an Academy Award winner.
Just real quick... Josh Brolin. You may remember him as Brand (Mikey's brother) in Goonies, he's going to be Cable in Deadpool 2. Look at his IMDB page from 1985 until 2006, then look from 2007 to now. You want to talk about turning your career around? Brolin could write the book on it.
Who knows... maybe Hamill (also 65 years old) will be the next one to have the golden age of his career in the golden years of his life. Have you seen Hamill's publc appearances lately? He's got this swagger about him that cannot go unnoticed. He's witty, charming, funny, the persona of a real movie star.
We're not positive when his tenure in a galaxy far far away will come to an end but even a shred of a memorable performance in The Brigsby Bear is sure to lay the foundation for a similar career path as Bill Murray. Think about Hamill in a Tarrantino movie... wouldn't he have been great as General Sandy Smithers in The Hateful 8? How about Pennywise The Clown in the upcoming IT remake? Maybe, the sharp tongued tavern attendant in whatever Wes Anderson decides to do next? Now is as good a time as any.
Just remember... everyone loves a comeback.
Do you think Hammil is the Next Murray? Let Nerdbot know in the comments!