Tuesday, December 16, 2014


While I have been feeling under the weather, I've been catching up on some of Marc Maron's WTF podcasts. I have mixed feelings about this guy but his interviews can be very interesting--sometimes for what they don't mention as much as what they do. Yesterday I listened to Marc's interview with Mike Myers and the words "Love" and "Guru" never crossed their lips, they just talked about Myers's successes. And I thought… how unfortunate. Not that I want to revel in his failure but it seems Myers doesn't like or doesn't want to talk about his failures. And if we never look back at our failures, how can we learn? Not that everything an artist does has to be commercially successful but I would have liked to hear what Myers thought about the failure of The Love Guru, if he was happy with it despite the commercial failure… or if he was unhappy with it… or if he understood why audiences hated it… these type of things are interesting to me. This line of thinking is more interesting than looking at hit movies. I think.

Maybe that's why I'm fascinated by these giant flop films. Does anybody else still care about Ra.One? The Love Guru?

Myers seems like a really humorless, really intense guy. It's so odd that this over-thinking straight arrow is the man responsible for the lighthearted, air-headed Wayne and Austin Powers. Or maybe it's not odd at all… hmm…

It would be great if there was a podcast like this for Indian pop culture. I don't know who could do it, though. Somebody with access and a "don't give a fuck" attitude. But I suspect talking to Myers would TOTALLY be like talking to SRK. Do. Not. Mention. The. Failures.

One of the classics… They talk a little about this moment but because Myers pulled it directly from his own life, I don't know if he gets why this is so funny to a broad audience.


Yunus Perveez said...

Yeah Maron's podcasts are a bit of a hit and miss, i think because a lot of times they are more about Maron than his guests. A lot of times he is quite resentful of other comics (that sold out) or super in awe of some musicians.

But the ones that are good can be REALLY good (even the one with Brett Easton Ellis where they talk about absent fathers had some interesting insights)

I guess the closest you can get is those youtube interviews called "Look whose talking to..." But our Bollywood stars are too captured in their own image to really break out of it, and the interviewers like Kjo seems to talk to people he knows.

odadune said...

In a world where you can get slammed on twitter within an inch of your life for implying in a magazine article that a medium-sized star like Shahid Kapoor (who, btw, does not make any particular pretensions to being a role model) is not necessarily a saint, just a talented guy with some failings that the media have blown way out of proportion, I really can't blame the Bollywood stars for producing socially appropriate lies and half-truths anytime there's a microphone nearby. The hero-worship is one of the ways in which Bollywood resembles old-school Hollywood, and it's both a blessing and a curse for all involved.

Look Who's Talking...well, yeah, you insist on having an interview over several successive glasses of wine, you are likely to get more interesting material out of your interviewees (Kjo drunk is one of the most horrifying things you can imagine), it's kind of a wimpy crutch to rely on. (And it totally breaks down with someone like Sid Malhotra, who's apparently smart enough to limit the vino intake while the camera's rolling.)

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