|year: 2006 cast: Clu Gulager, Peter Mark Richman rating: ***1/2|
A short film starring Clu Galager as Vic Reeves, an out of work, out of luck veteran actor living in Los Angeles. His dreary routine changes with a late night call from an up-in-coming director Tony, who has a perfect part for his favorite nostalgic actor. The only catch: Vic has to read for the role – not something he’s used to.
In his hey day, Vic called the shots. We catch glimpses of the younger handsome Reeves (real images of Clu) in creative fade-ins and eventually a photograph he carries around for the impending audition.
Dying his shocking white hair black to regain his youth, the last half is Vic’s desperate attempt to land the role; leading to an emotional finale providing Clu Gulager, one of our most dependable character-actors with an eclectic career spanning decades, a remarkable performance.
Sage Stallone’s direction flows with an intense, jarring rhythm while the cinematography by Clu’s real life son John provides an edgy, first-person vibe of a character whose not only hit rock bottom, but exists there.
So is this film a little too dark and dreary (and heavy) for its own sake? At times, sure. But the palpable energy between a young director and a veteran actor shines during even the darkest moments.
|Faded and torn photo of a young Vic (Clu)|
|Clu Gulager with director Sage Stallone|