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Snippet of '80s Movie Montage: S. 1 Ep. 19 – Beetlejuice

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With special guest Connor Cook, Anna and Derek chat about the merits of Michael Keaton's minimal screen-time in Tim Burton's horror-comedy classic Beetlejuice. The group also shares why ad-libbing comedic lines is one of the best ways to add personal flair to an otherwise spooky character.
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I think Michael Keaton did an amazing job in this film. Ionic completely iconic. Yeah, I think that that, like, if ever there was, like a appropriate like moment to use the word iconic it is for this this role in this film. Eso love him in this movie. I do think that it's also great that he is in so little of it because I do think that there would come a point of diminishing returns. Agree more. Okay, I because, like I read in like, Look, I did not do account for myself, but I'll take whoever put this up on IMDb at their word that he's in less than, like, 15 minutes of the entire film. I read that, too, and that he shot and maybe two weeks or so, and it makes sense because if you were in any more of it, it would be too much because the movie really isn't about him. It's really about Lydia, and the mate lands in their relationship. I think I think it's really actually sort of, ah, sweet family story about Lydia. It's really about her. So if you were in more of it, it would be maybe too much because he I think they edited him in just the perfect amount. Totally agree. And what's weird is that kind of very different movie. But the same kind of I think effect was Silence of the Lambs. Yeah, because Anthony Hopkins is also I think it like pretty much the same amount of time. I think he's in it for, like, six. Like at the time. Me, I don't know if this record has been broken, but, you know, winning the Oscar for best actor for a film in which he's in for, like, 16 minutes. Yeah, kind of a remarkable feed. I don't think anybody top that. Yeah, um, but it's the similar kind of sentiment. Where had he been in it for even a half hour or longer? It kind of dilute the impact of that character in the story. He was also a bio exorcist in that movie, right? Yeah, I in a manner of speaking. Yeah. Thio prey on the living. Really interesting connection. Yeah, that's a great parallel. What? I was the two little things about his performance. So you're right. I think like, very crass. Lydia is the counterpoint to this character. But I did think it was a really interesting moment when she reveals to him that she wants to die, and he does seem to be genuinely surprised. Yeah, that is very true. And it felt to me like the one moment where he wasn't, like, in control of the narrative, like he was actually caught off guard by it all. Hey, didn't predict it. That's a great exactly. Because he is so sort of balls to the wall in your face. Not quiet. But he that is one point in the film where he is sort of quiet. Yeah, so I just I like that moment a lot. Um, Also one thing that, like made me guffaw was he has a lot of great throwaway lines. Like I read that. You know your problem. Yes. The overwhelming majority of his of his lines were improved. And you know, when he does this big spectacle for Well, he does like the carnival. Yes, yes, strongman thing. Yes. And then when he comes out of that, he's like, That's why can't do two performances in a day, not going to do it or something like that. And it's just such a throwaway line, but it's so like that's where I think he shines. Like sometimes, um, and again I'm not. This is not Thio take away from him from any part of his performance, but like sometimes when, like you said, he's, like, so balls to the wall like it's it's a lot. It's a lot of stimulation for the viewer, and so I can appreciate kind of like a little bit of the quieter moments off his performance because it's