Michael Keaton has always scared me; I found Beetlejuice truly terrifying despite it being a comedy, and it’s stayed with me since childhood. I must admit, however, to being somewhat intrigued by the trailer for his new film, Birdman.
Keaton was a massive star in the eighties, with hit films such as Mr Mom, Beetlejuice and Batman. He’s been quieter in recent years, more likely to be heard doing voiceover work for Pixar or being a proper character actor. Still, for a lot of people, no matter what Keaton does, he will always be Batman.
So it might well be quite fitting that Birdman sees him playing the part of an aging actor unable to shake off the superhero role that he once played. He tries to resurrect his fame in a Broadway play. As we see from the trailer, he is having a hard time reconciling this lower level of notoriety with his past celebrity.
The trailer, set to the background of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”, is visually very compelling and really makes the viewer want more; at least, I did. Keaton’s character can be heard asking himself “How did we end up here? In this dump? You were a movie star, remember?”
A sentiment that I’m sure many an actor can relate to in the fickle world of fame.
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman is slated for an October 2014 release.
Watch the trailer below.
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