And so he envisions their careers as a form of destiny leading to that moment where the distinction of fantasy no longer applies. Because everything points back to Hollywood Minute, and not so much how it ends but where it leads.
Joe's first big success was Albatross, in which he was not the star but the up-and-coming young star intended to shine in a supporting role. All that maddening calculation that went into engineering his breakthrough kind of backfires, because even though it's a hit, no one associates it as his hit. To remember that he was in it at all is to realize that Joe was not considered important enough to play the lead. Besides, he dies well before the end of the movie. Bummer. On to the next one, right?
It's always been a favorite of Tim's. He was a fan of Joe before Albatross, and after Hollywood Minute he had all the more reason to keep the rest of Joe's movies in mind when he wanted to watch something, but it's one he doesn't have to force himself to watch for the sake of watching, which he has to admit isn't always the case.
Fantasy status of Joe and Zola in relation to Albatross: Neutral. Or maybe, it's what caught Zola's eye, too? So not neutral. Getting ready...