Comment Box: Don't Mess With Bill
Another Monday morning in sunny Washington, D.C. where the humidity is rising faster than the water in "Poseidon" (ba-dum-pah!). Time to review your comments.
Totally unrelated question here: Liz, how do you feel about your favorite leading man voicing Garfield the sequel? Will you be first in line at the movies tomorrow? -- Dana comments on Help K-Fed Tell His Story
Dana is referring to Bill Murray, an actor about whom The Post's Gene Weingarten and I have disagreed in the past. Weingarten chracterizes Murray as a one-note, relatively untalented actor/comic who is basically capable of playing one character and accuses me of a blinding crush on the man, rendering me incapable of competently judging his work. He also particularly loathed his performance in "Lost in Translation." Gene is jealous.
I, predictably, thought he was great in "Lost in Translation" and contend that he is one of a very few "Saturday Night Live" alums who has managed to grow in talent following his stellar years on the show. Initially, his "Meatballs"/"Ghostbusters" trajectory did not bode well, but his performances in movies like "Groundhog Day," "Rushmore" and a hilarious cameo in Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee and Cigarettes" completely reshaped his career.
(This is not to discount his performances in genre-defining classics like "Caddyshack," "Stripes" and "What About Bob?")
However (and I hate to have to say what follows), his decision to voice "Garfield" in not one, but two, inane animated kid flicks is disappointing. I'm sure he's making beaucoup bucks, thereby enabling him to continue to dabble in low-paying indies, but it's a painful trade-off for fans. And what about those indies? Both "Broken Flowers" and "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" were initially promising, but ultimately unsatisfying.
So, Dana, I was not first in line at the movies for "Garfield." I wisely spent my money on "Nacho Libre."
Message to Britney: Have you ever noticed that celebrities who don't talk about their boyfriends, their babies, their lives with the media at all tend to be less hassled by the media. If you want privacy, create it by keeping quiet. One more thing -- chewing gum during an interview isn't endearing. Message to the Media: If you believe that Britney is overexposed, stop writing about her. -- RMB comments on Britney: Overexposed
RMB, I couldn't agree with you more -- well, mostly. See, all of your advice is good and Britney would do well to heed your warnings about putting herself out there as the ripest of targets. Driving with baby on lap and posting cryptic poetry to one's official Web site aren't really publicity-shunning moves. But you can't expect us to stop writing about her, overexposed or not, this slo-mo train wreck begs to be chronicled and I, for one, refuse to let her continuing foibles pass unremarked. I still think she's overexposed, but this too shall pass.
Funniest Comment of the Week:
Britney on Dateline -- cool. Can't wait to see the looks of the faces of those Internet sex predators when they find out that the sleazy, skeezy, easy teen was actually Ms. Spears, who may be a lot of things, but is definitely *not* a teen. -- byoolin comments on Britney: Overexposed
| June 19, 2006; 11:28 AM ET
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