Summer’s really only just begun in calendar terms (though the summer movie season is half over) but it already looks like The Season of 2sa. He swoops in for yet another Threes win today–his eleventh homemade construction-paper medal. Go ahead and put some extra glitter on this one, 2sa! Since May 20th, 2sa has won 9 out of 12 Threes quizzes. Those are–dare we say it?–Donna-like numbers.
Our long-time redblog pal Fiirvoen was in second, and frequent commenter Billy took third. Congrats to you all! Now someone step up tomorrow and knock 2sa on his asa–he’s growing too powerful!
So what film was it that included Benicio del Toro (starring in The Wolfman, available for rental from redbox), the Great Kris Kristofferson, and Penelope Ann Miller (no really, she was once a very popular up-and-coming actress!)? Grab hold of that rope and raise the Inviso-Text! (Or just drag your cursor over the blank area below.)
Yes it was 1988′s Big Top Pee-Wee, the sequel to Tim Burton’s 1985 Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. (That’s right, folks–it’s been 25 years since Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.) Of course Burton himself did not return to helm the sequel, and that left Big Top Pee-Wee feeling a little “off”… well, “off” is a relative term in Pee-Wee’s world. Instead, Paul Reuben’s wacky circus tale was directed by Randal Kleiser who did Grease and The Blue Lagoon.
And that’s right, The Wolfman isn’t the first time Benicio Del Toro’s gotten his canine on: In Big Top–his first feature film role–the Puerto-Rican actor played Duke the Dog-Faced Boy. Country rock living legend and one of my favorite musician-actors Kristofferson played Mace Montana, the circus’s ringmaster. And Penelope Ann Miller was getting a lot of Hollywood attention after her work in Biloxi Blues–she played one of Pee-Wee’s gals. Miller went on to co-star in The Freshman, Awakenings, and The Shadow but then slipped off the feature-film radar. (The film’s other romantic interest was Valeria Golino–another “hot” actress at the time who went on to appear in Rain Man, but since the mid-’90s mostly works in her native Italy.)
Of course the star, Reubens, went on to have a, shall we say, somewhat “erratic” career path in the ’90s (though when he does pop back up in films or TV it’s always brilliant–his 30 Rock appearance a couple years ago helped kick-start that show up to its current level of steady genius). Reubens brought the beloved character out of retirement last winter for a series of performances of the Pee-Wee’s Playhouse stage show that started it all. And as always, there’s talk of a new Pee-Wee film one of these days–most likely a film version of that original theatrical piece.