November 12, 2004
he's a ramblin guy


Keanu's Parenthood co-star Steve Martin will be honored with an American Cinematheque Award tonight. I lurve Steve Martin. I used to have an 8-track (yes, I'm that old) of his first comedy album that I completely wore out. He's such such a great versatile actor, author and seems like generally a hell of a guy. Plus, the white hair does it for me in a big way. *swoon*

The Hollywood Reporter has an article that includes this little bit of trivia...

The following year, Martin starred in the hit comedy "Parenthood" produced by Grazer, who went on to produce the Martin starrers "Housesitter" (1992), "Sgt. Bilko" (1996) and "Bowfinger" (1999). Of the latter film, Grazer notes: "When Steve gave me the (Martin-penned) script for 'Bowfinger,' it wasn't written for (co-star) Eddie Murphy -- it was written for a white action star. It was written for Keanu Reeves, literally. I said, 'Why does it have to be an action star?' He said, 'That's the joke.' I said: 'What if it were Eddie Murphy, and Eddie Murphy played two characters? That could be really funny.' He said: 'You know, that'd be great -- that'd be brilliant. Let's do that.' He processed it in about a minute, and he made a creative sea change."

It's been ages since I've seen Bowfinger, I might rent it again to imagine what it may have been like with the original premise.

cinema | from inside the mind of krix at November 12, 2004 12:48 PM .

Well excuuuuuse me! I can, if not beat your eight track, at least meet it. I have all his albums, and the book Cruel Shoes, a first edition. How old am I? ;)

If Steve would collaborate with Keanu, I would surely get a case of happy feet. He has a film in the works called "The Pleasure of My Company" based on another book of his, and Keanu would be perfect for the lead IMO.

My own personal bestest Steve moment on SNL - dancing with Gilda Radner.

Posted by: Chianti on November 12, 2004 01:02 PM

I just read that this morning and thought...time to rent Bowfinger! I'll be doing the same imagining. Gawd I'd love to see them in a clever, funny movie together. I know Reeves could do it...

Posted by: nudel on November 12, 2004 01:04 PM

Hee! I had a copy of Cruel Shoes too :)
And Oooo, thank you for reminding me of Steve and Gilda dancing, yes great moment.

Posted by: krix on November 12, 2004 01:21 PM

steve one of my fav's too... after keanu of course!

Posted by: wanda on November 12, 2004 02:53 PM

"be obsequious, purple and clairvoyant
get all excited and go to a yawning festival..."

yes, i too had a Steve Martin album which i completely wore out (see above for my all-time favorite lines from a song on the album). he's a comic genius. to see him with keanu would be loverly.

Posted by: lori on November 12, 2004 03:11 PM

I've watched "Bowfinger," the premis is a hoot! But I have always prefered Steve Martin in LA Story myself. Sometimes I rent it, or watch it when it comes on TV.

Posted by: lizzie on November 12, 2004 03:54 PM

I don't remember Bowfinger but I did see Steve Martin in NYC and the Blues Brothers opened for him. Must have been the 70's. Yikes.

Posted by: Parsippanynj on November 12, 2004 04:25 PM

Wow! Keanu and Steve together? That would be great! A perfect combo. I also own a copy of "Cruel Shoes". Saw "Bowfinger" once on TV. Enjoyed it very much. Was Robert Downey Jr. in that too?

Posted by: Lori L. on November 12, 2004 05:34 PM

God lori! My very favorite line too! I use the word obsequious in conversation and most people dont know what it means - HA! -
I also still have his first album Lets Get Small!!

Posted by: krissy on November 13, 2004 01:37 PM
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