As is surprisingly often the case, the wisdom of Galaxy Quest illuminates the relevant conundrum:
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:
Which leads inexorably to:
Which is first step and type of:
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.