The cable guy See again
He cameâ¦ He sawâ¦ He tormentedâ¦
There are plenty of overnight success stories in Hollywood, but none quite like the rise of Jim Carey. After a passage on In Living Color, Carey then moved on to the big screen with Ace Ventura, which became a hit in the spring of 1994, grossing over $ 100 million on a budget of $ 15 million. Carrey followed this up with blockbusters like The mask, Stupid and even more stupid, Batman forever, and Ace Ventura: when nature calls– all over the span of two years, helping it become Hollywood’s biggest box office draw. From there, the rubber-faced comic was hired to star in the 1996 black comedy. The cable guy directed by Ben Stiller and starring Matthew Broderick, Leslie Mann, Jack Black. The film opened for a respectable $ 20 million, but ultimately became a box office bomb, weighed down by toxic word of mouth from critics who called it a complete dud. The bigger story, however, was how much money Carey was paid – the actor received $ 20 million from Columbia Pictures, along with a 15% backend, and critics couldn’t understand why a studio would pay that much for any actor. play in a comedy.
25 years later, however, The cable guy has found huge cult following and is now considered one of the best black comedies of its time – a multi-faceted parody with an incredible performance by Carey. And not only was The cable guy a little ahead of its time with its prophetic outlook on the future and on the Internet in general, but The cable guy helped pave the way for the next generation of comedies. In this episode of the Sordid Cinema Podcast, we dive deep into what makes the movie special, even after all these years.
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