Flush with Success
Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon can lay claim to the biggest US opening weekend ever, among other records.
It couldn't happen to a nicer guy. He won't take all the credit, and he shouldn't. The nearly 50-year-old comic-book property on which the movie was based; the string of mostly acclaimed films that led up to it, starting with Robert Downey Jr.'s pitch-perfect turn in 2008's Iron Man, directed by Jon Favreau; the Marvel/Disney marketing machine — all of these had a lot more to do with the Hulk-sized turnout here and abroad than did Whedon's credit. But the movie's repeat business and word-of-mouth from the first wave of filmgoers encouraging everyone who hasn't seen it yet to get their rumps to the multiplex? A lot of that is Joss.
I have a few Avengers posts on the way, a rambling not-quite-review of the film among them, but as an appetizer here's a video co-starring the man behind the curtain (or, as the case may be given the screencap above, the sliding glass door). You need know nothing about the movie nor even Whedon himself to enjoy it. If you like the weirder SNL Digital Shorts, you'll like this; it is, I suppose I should warn you, built around bathroom humor, but not the traditional gross-out kind.
It's a 3-minute oddity called "The Coach" done with comedy duo BriTANicK. While I've heard Joss rave about them before, to my chagrin I hadn't checked them out until I saw this video posted the other day at Nikki Stafford's blog. You can find more of their stuff on their YouTube page or at their website.
I'm not sure that I've ever seen Whedon act outside of a small part in an episode of one of his favorite TV shows, Rob Thomas's brilliant Veronica Mars, and a background role in his own Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff Angel as the dancing otherdimensional demon Numfar. He's a hyper-literate guy who gives a good interview and DVD commentary, however; more to the point, he's known for hosting Shakespeare readings at his house that led to his post-Avengers passion project, a microbudget film adaptation of Much Ado about Nothing shot last fall and coming to theaters later this year. Between all that and this, I wouldn't mind seeing him in front the camera some more — in small doses of choice roles, at least.
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