thinking about how britney spears, brendan fraser and chadwick boseman were all memed at incredibly low points in their personal lives for clout and how poeple only apoligised after learning the context of those images for them. maybe a better goal than ridding the world of celebrity worship is treating famous people with humanity, not worshipping, not villainising, not joking, not assuming- but just treating people in the public eye with the humanity you’d extend to any other person that you don’t know.
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Advantages of buying hard-copy media instead of just relying on streaming is you sometimes get the Commentary Tracks(TM), and I was today years old when I realised my Blu-ray copy of The Mummy 1999 has a Brendan Fraser only natter track. And it is DELIGHTFUL. BF alone in a booth and so softly spoken. I’m 20 minutes in and so far he’s:
Given pertinent ‘did u know’ historical facts about the 1930s props he’s holding
Identified 3-second shots of stunties and animal wranglers by name with glowing praise. First name, last name, career facts. Introduces every speaking actor as they appear.
Apologised for laughing (and planning to keep laughing) at John Hannah and Rachel Weisz’s comedy performances, but he enjoys them so much
[Rick runs and jumps and falls] ‘oh that didn’t hurt that wasn’t me’ [camera shows it is actually him] ‘oh that was me and it did hurt!’
Explains the sets and onscreen effects of scenes he’s not even in
Talks back at his own character ‘hey! manners!’ when Rick sasses Evie. Talks to Evie like she can hear him. Says ‘ow!’ when people get hit. This is extreme Dad behaviour.
Narrates the prison hanging scene like ‘that part is a stuntman and that part is me and here’s the moment when I actually started suffocating, and then I passed out’.
Later has a giggle fit and has to explain that Kevin J O’Connor ad-libbed the little ‘..someday I might’ line after ‘you don’t have any children’.
Rick awkwardly gives Evie the tools: ‘I think Rick would probably carry her books home from school’
Gently says ‘uh oh!’ anytime something untoward happens. When he’s not giving facts he’s just like directly narrating the story on screen like to a sleepy toddler in between very soft chuckles at his co-stars being cute.
He is engaged with this process. I am CHARMED.
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