Bit Parts

As is surprisingly often the case, the wisdom of Galaxy Quest illuminates the relevant conundrum:

Guy Fleegman: I’m just a glorified extra, Fred. I’m a dead man anyway. If I’m gonna die, I’d rather go out a hero than a coward.
Fred Kwan: Guy, Guy… maybe you’re the plucky comic relief. You ever think about that?
Guy Fleegman: Plucky?
St. Philip Neri
St. Philip Neri, patron saint of plucky comic relief

Who of us does not sometimes, perhaps even daily, feel we are hopelessly trapped by the Sarris Dominion, and that best we can hope to do is go out a hero?

Fleegman faces every man’s existential moment: we are just glorified extras. It takes the wisdom of Kwan to make it clear that we should consider if we are not, in fact, the plucky comic relief.

The real issues, the real revelation: this movie is not about us. We are not the star. The best we can hope for is a bit part, maybe even the plucky comic relief.

The real movie is about this:

What could it hurt?

And this:

Which involves this:File:Marco palmezzano, crocifissione degli Uffizi.jpg


Which leads inexorably to:

Which is first step and type of:

Close up of the big crowd shot right before the closing credits.

You don’t have to carry the movie. In your scenes, which are pretty brief in the big picture,you just need to keep the wheels moving and maybe deliver a laugh line.

And, if you do well, if you provide the needed plucky comic relief, you just might get to be the 323,187th guy in the 57th row on the left in the last scene. And that ain’t bad.

Author: Joseph Moore

Enough with the smarty-pants Dante quote. Just some opinionated blogger dude.

3 thoughts on “Bit Parts”

    1. The Director will work with you to make sure your performance is up to snuff, but you have to trust Him completely. He really is counting on your performance to kick it up a notch, and will reward you handsomely.

      Me, I’m probably supposed to be an assistant key grip in one of the location shoots. I have a face made for radio.

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