Thursday, April 02, 2015

A to Z 2015 - Hollywood Minute "Bounty"

In the not-too-distant future, before he accidentally kills Stephen King (so far as his defense attorney claims), Tim becomes married to Zola, by the way.  Call this fantasy if you'd like, but that's what happens.  Tim is also the screenwriter for the movie that eventually pairs Zola and Joe again, years after Hollywood Minute.  He pens a full-blown musical, which incredibly, neither actor has done before despite exhibiting ample talent in that regard, Zola in particular.

But this is well before that happens.  As Zola dreams of working with Joe, Tim dreams of working with Zola, and the odd journey involves the making of Hollywood Minute, and dreaming that Joe and Zola will one day work together again.  Got it?

Tim spends a lot of time bugging Ozzie, his reluctant best friend, about these things.  Sometimes Ozzie has no idea why he humors Tim so much.  Maybe because he's morbidly interested to know how it'll all end.  Probably in hilarious tragedy, right?  Except even though life tends to work that way, sometimes it doesn't.  It's just that, life works in slow motion.

Joe's next big project after Albatross was Bounty, the movie where he began to realize what every actor knows: he's become a "type."  He's the young actor who's supposed to make historical dramas relevant again.  Except as Christian Fletcher, Joe is given very little direction, has no real sense of character other than to be solemn, and so his performance is listless, the movie flops, and his career instantly begins to flag.  Does anyone at all notice Bounty?  It's not even that it's a bad movie, per say.  As usual, lively Robert Speed injects vitality into it, as he does in another of Joe's films, Impulse (more on that later), and maybe he's even the inspiration for Joe's best performance, the instantly legendary Savage Curtain (more on that later, too).

Fantasy status of Joe and Zola in relation to Bounty: Retrograde.  No, actually Zola is a contrarian.  Ah, just like Tim.  She liked him in it.  To be clear, Joe is the third member of a fantasy love triangle.

7 comments:

Pat Dilloway said...

I think I'd be a good Captain Bligh. I've got the grumpiness for it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

So much for his movie career. Like to know how he kills Stephen King though.

Tony Laplume said...

And apparently the mutiny.

Tim "accidentally" runs Stephen King over. It's morbidly hilarious.

S. L. Hennessy said...

Gotta feel bad when they recognize they've become a "type". Especially when that type falls flat eventually.

Tony Laplume said...

Some actors have used being "typed" to their advantage, so it's not always a bad thing.

Spacerguy said...

So much for the Bounty. Like to know about Joes other films, I suppose diaglogue in fantasy must do its usual fictional work of advancing the plot.

Tony Laplume said...

Joe and Zola each have half the month in this walk-through of their movies.

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