Off-off Broadway is far from the best Louis Theroux film, but still a great watch. If you click the video, it begins at Louis’ strained audition for a role in a play. I just wanna give him a hug, he’s so cute. All these other actors come in singing these overly bombastic, ridiculous numbers (listen to the woman who auditions before him) to show off their vocal “talent” and he just comes in singing a bad Beatles cover with a happy go lucky smile on his face. I’d like to think if I was the casting director I’d get up, give him a pat on the shoulder and say “Wait a minute, everyone. Let’s write a part for this man. Nay, let’s write a part for everyone here. There need not be auditions for preconceived molds anymore. Let’s make a play about real people…and that means all of us here.”
And then we could all have a group hug, and become friends as we work together to give everyone a voice…and maybe, as the wider world watches our play, they too will all come together as one. And all the critics will say “how did you put on such a stellar production?” And I’d take Louis’ hand and say “With a little help from my friends.” And Louis would take their other hand, and I’d take some other guys’ hand too, and soon the whole world would be encircled by every human on the planet holding hands…start a love train. love train. And some guy in China who didn’t see how it all started would be like “why are we holding hands?” And someone else would answer “I think the question really is…why weren’t we doing this sooner?” Y’know what I’m saying, Buddha?
I feel the same way when I watch the beginning of Austin Powers. What if some day there was just an impulse that every human being picked up on. And we just put aside all the bullshit for a few minutes, came outside together at the same time…and danced? How cool would that be?
It’s like this tune by Stevie Wonder, incidentally among the few Christmas songs that doesn’t grate on my nerves.