Fame Gathers Talent – And Frasier

The remake of ‘Fame’ I mentioned a while ago is still in development, and things seem to be going quite well. Despite a remarkably modest budget of just $25m, the cast list is almost impressive: Megan Mullally, Kelsey Grammer and Bebe Neuwirth will all appear, and Debbie Allen is [so far] due to be the sole participant from the 1980 original, playing the Principal of the School where the movie takes place. Shooting starts on Wednesday, with a scheduled release date of September 25th.

Skipping over the fact that watching a musical is an act in which I will only indulge if I’m currently devoid of the energy and verve to gnaw off one of my own limbs, and ignoring the inconvenient truth that creating a remake that was not demanded by either the paucity of the original nor the will of its fans is conclusive confirmation of intellectual anorexia, would somebody please explain to me how Kelsey Grammer keeps getting a job??

The press release for this movie states that he ‘attended Juilliard.’…which is true. What it demurely omits to mention is that he was, [as Mr. Grammer rather coquettishly puts it,] ‘uninvited’ from that fine institution for not being up to their grade. Yet he was a fixture at ‘Cheers’, subsequently inflicting the same superficial performance in ‘Frasier,’ garnering staggering salaries despite the clear and unequivocal absence of a single, visible vestige of talent.

I have Actors on file who could erase all recollection of his existence or work from the public’s perception, even from the depths of a coma. Yet they are invisible, while he is a star.

If you can explain the logic in this, I’d be intrigued to hear such a flawed rationale.

Michael J. Austin,
The Loquacious Limey,

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