"Good," he said. "We shall see each other. I shall be filming for a month in town. A TV thing." I said that, alas, I was leaving for the next day in Pittsburgh. "Why Pittsburgh?"
"I, too, and filming a movie. As an actor this time." Alec's pale brows knit. "A television film?" he asked. "No. A theatrical film." The eyes became, as Daphne du Maurier would say, mere slits. "How long will you be in Pittsburgh?" When I answered two says, he sighed with quiet pleasure. "Ah, a small part."
—Gore Vidal meeting with Alec Guinness, Palimpsest
Chris: This is one of the better scenes in the movie, honestly. Jackman and McKellen play really well off of each other...
Matt: Too bad the dialogue, about whether Jean wants to hang around with the New Brotherhood, is completely forgettable. I just watched it, seconds ago, and I donít remember a single word that was said.
Chris: Ö fair point. Also too bad that theyíre discussing Jean like a prop when she is within earshot, quietly listening to everything they say. Sorry, Famke, you had your three scenes! Now grown-ups are talking.
Jay: There's a number of scenes like this in the movie, where the other 3 show up to tell Bill Murray something, and then he just leaves the scene.
Rich: 'Cause it's probably the only way they could get Bill Murray to do it. "I don't wanna be covered in slime, I don't wanna wear that heavy backpack..." He probably had a shit-ton of stipulations. "I wanna do as little as possible..."
Jay: But then I've heard him complain in recent years about the lack of quality of the second Ghostbusters movie. You're like, "Well, you kinda contributed to that by not wanting to do anything in it."
Let us now praise William Shatner, who managed to get star billing and a big payday for a glorified cameo in which he, letís see, fries some eggs and then dies, twice.
The main disappointment comes that Gene Hackman shares billing with Hugh (Grant) but has about ten minutes tops in the movie. No way movie. You do not promise Gene Hackman as a villain and do not deliver big heaping helpings of lovably villainous Hackman. David Morse (who I also like) is in this movie and also does not have a hell of a lot to do. Oh, and JK Simmons: two minutes.
"Hey, look! It's the Twinkie Guy! I'm sure he's gonna do something REALLY big and REALLY important coming up. After all, he is one of the biggest characters on the poster. Along with these other icons you've barely seen in the movie. Hell, Dex and Sunshine are one third their size. Surely they'll all get together and do something huge in the movie's climax. Like, say nothing, largely do nothing, and take a backseat to graphics worse than the Money For Nothing video. And ok, a lot of you may be shouting that's phenomenal false advertising in a movie that's nothing but advertising, but this is incredibly common of even good films. Heck, I saw a Star Wars poster where the main focus was the mouse droid, and we all know what a gigantic part he played, right? The movie would be nothing without him."