There are a few things I will never understand. Why is Mel Gibson still remembered for his films? Why does my apartment always smell like ravioli? Why hasn’t there been a Pee-wee Herman movie in over 20 years?
We’ll get to the first few questions another time. Right now, we’re dealing with Pee-wee. Yesterday, Variety released details about a recent collaboration between Paul Reubens (Pee-wee Herman, for anyone who doesn’t already know) and Judd Apatow to get the gears turning on a brand new Pee-wee film that will certainly turn heads.
Apatow has changed the way comedy films are made. They’re original, refreshing and surprisingly human (thanks for coining that one, Animal Planet). The question that’s on my mind is how human can Pee-wee Herman actually be? For over 25 years, this character has been defined as the weird man-child that doesn’t exist in reality. We saw a slightly human side of Herman in 1988′s “Big Top Pee-wee” in that he had several love interests. On the other hand, he had a talking pig and a hot dog-tree. Will Apatow & Co. humanize the character beyond recognition, leaving a small grey suit and red bow-tie in the possession of a man who deals with real-life situations? I have to admit that I wouldn’t mind seeing a deeper side of Pee-wee. I suppose only time will tell how the character is dealt with.
One aspect especially exciting for me is the Paul R. writing team. Paul Reubens will be writing the script with Paul Rust, a name with which you may not be as familiar. Rust has been involved with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater for many years, hosting and performing in several comedy shows. You may also remember him as an Inglorious Basterd and as the lead in last year’s “I Love You, Beth Cooper” *. Anyone who has seen Rust at work knows what he is capable of and should be very excited.
I promise to report any news regarding this project as they come along. Otherwise, when you go to see this movie (and I’m thinking that you should), make sure and tell ‘em Large Marge sent ya’.
* Side note about “I Love You, Beth Cooper”: IMDB‘s plot keywords list “Cow Tipping, Hit By Car, Erection, Nerd, Comma in Title, Upskirt, Awkward Silence, Cell Phone Trace, Implied Nudity, Fall Off Roof, and many more“. If I could only select movies based on IMDB’s plot keywords, I would rush to the video store immediately and buy 12 copies.