Jeff Smith 2:30 p.m., June 26
How Far the Mighty Have Fallen: Joe Pesci
In the past twelve years Joe Pesci has appeared in only two films. There was a brief, but pivotal, cameo in his buddy Robert DeNiro's The Good Shepherd (2006) and a supporting role as a whoremaster opposite Helen Mirren in the supreme guilty pleasure, Love Ranch.
For years it was believed that Joe dropped out of acting immediately after O.J. Simpson offered to pay the Oscar-winning actor a salary to spend his days on the golf course searching for the real killer of Juice's wife and Ron Goldman. You know what you should do, Joe? Try a little more acting and a little less golfing and you won't have this problem.
There are unintentional chortles aplenty to be found in several of Joe's pictures. The Light My Fire guitar solo breakdown in Man on Fire is a satirically contemptuous hoot. His clownish behavior in both 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag and Gone Fishin' fail to amuse. And when it comes to playing a stereotypical gay in the Lethal Weapon pictures, cut out "Weapon" and accentuate the "Lethal."
It's bad enough that so many of his films draw snickers, now Joe's eating them for a living. This is how you repay fans clamoring for a return to form? A self-deprecating candy bar commercial?
He must have needed some quick cash to pay his nob thatcher for the bird's nest precariously perched atop his head. Seriously, Joe, you're not fooling anyone. Your peruke is a fluke; lose the schmate and let it shine!
Don Rickles also makes an appearance in the ad, and rumor has it that the "Insultin' Sultan" kept blowing his lines, much to Joe's frustration. Here's an outtake from the commercial.
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