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Steve Martin (written by)
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13 August 1999 (USA) See more »
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A desperate plan for a desperate man See more »
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When a desperate movie producer fails to get a major star for his bargain basement film, he decides to shoot the film secretly around him. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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6 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Steve Martin ... Robert K. Bowfinger

Eddie Murphy ... Kit Ramsey / Jefferson 'Jiff' Ramsey

Heather Graham ... Daisy

Christine Baranski ... Carol

Jamie Kennedy ... Dave

Adam Alexi-Malle ... Afrim

Kohl Sudduth ... Slater

Barry Newman ... Hal, Kit's Agent

Terence Stamp ... Terry Stricter

Robert Downey Jr. ... Jerry Renfro

Alejandro Patino ... Sanchez
Alfred De Contreras ... Martinez
Ramiro Fabian ... Hector

Johnny Sanchez ... Luis
Claude Brooks ... Freddy
Kevin Scannell ... LA Cop

John Prosky ... MindHead Executive

Michael Dempsey ... Camera Security Guard
Walter Powell ... Federal Express Man

Phill Lewis ... Actor at Audition

Marisol Nichols ... Young Actress at Audition

Nathan Anderson ... Clothing Sales Clerk
Brogan Roche ... Renfro's Executive

John Cho ... Nightclub Cleaner
Lloyd Berman ... Camera Store Clerk
Zaid Farid ... Kenny, Kit's Limo Driver
Aaron Brumfield ... Kit's Bodyguard

Kevin Grevioux ... Kit's Bodyguard

Kimble Jemison ... Kit's Assistant

Alex Craig Mann ... Studio Executive

Laura Grady ... E! Channel Interviewer

Reamy Hall ... Farrah, Hollywood Lesbian

Michelle Boehle ... Laker Girl
Kimberly Baum ... Laker Girl
Megan Denton ... Laker Girl
Janet Jaeger ... Laker Girl
Hope Wood ... Laker Girl
Addie Yungmee ... Laker Girl
Andrea Toste ... Laker Girl
Mindy ... Betsy - Bowfinger's Dog
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martin Andris ... Premiere Guest (uncredited)
Adam Carrera ... News Reporter (uncredited)

Carl Kocis ... Reporter at Premier (uncredited)

Tiger Mendez ... 'Mongo' Premiere Guest (uncredited)
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Directed by
Frank Oz 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Steve Martin (written by)

Produced by
Kathleen M. Courtney .... associate producer (as Kathleen Courtney)
Brian Grazer .... producer
Karen Kehela Sherwood .... executive producer (as Karen Kehela)
Bernard Williams .... executive producer (as Bernie Williams)
 
Original Music by
David Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Ueli Steiger 
 
Film Editing by
Richard Pearson 
 
Casting by
Margery Simkin 
 
Production Design by
Jackson De Govia  (as Jackson DeGovia)
 
Art Direction by
Tom Reta 
 
Set Decoration by
K.C. Fox 
 
Costume Design by
Joseph G. Aulisi 
 
Makeup Department
Gary Archer .... prosthetic dental technician
Steve Artmont .... key makeup artist
Frank Griffin .... makeup artist: Mr. Martin
Stacey Morris .... hair stylist: Mr. Murphy
Gloria Ponce .... key hair stylist (as Gloria Albarran Ponce)
Waldo Sanchez .... assistant hair stylist
Rick Sharp .... makeup artist
Linda Trainoff .... assistant hair stylist
Alicia M. Tripi .... hair stylist
Toy Van Lierop .... makeup artist: Mr. Murphy (as Toy R. Van Lierop)
Toni-Ann Walker .... hair stylist: Mr. Martin (as Toni Ann Walker)
Clinton Wayne .... prosthetic makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Leslie J. Converse .... post-production supervisor
Bernard Williams .... unit production manager (as Bernie Williams)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stacy Christenson .... dga trainee
Evan Gilner .... additional second assistant director (as Evan L. Gilner)
Basil Grillo .... second second assistant director (as Basil Bryant Grillo)
Michele Panelli-Venetis .... first assistant director
Matt Rebenkoff .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Marc Baird .... storyboard artist
Bryan Belair .... construction coordinator
Brian Bilson .... assistant props (as Brian K. Bilson)
Michael R. Blaich .... paint foreman
Richard Boris .... greens person
Susan A. Burig .... graphic designer (as Susan Burig)
Ed Calderon Jr. .... labor foreman
Matt Callahan .... set decorator coordinator
Mike Cunningham .... assistant props
Sienna DeGovia .... art department assistant
Oscar Delgadillo .... set dresser (as Oscar X. Delgadillo)
Gus Feederle .... greens foreman
Jack Forwalter .... set dresser
Chad S. Frey .... assistant art director
Scott Garrett .... set dresser
Les Gobruegge .... set designer
Carmine Goglia .... stand-by painter
Kenny Hayes .... labor foreman (as Ken Hayes)
Gary Isbell .... set dresser (as Gary S. Isbell)
Karl J. Martin .... model maker (as Karl Martin)
Karl J. Martin .... set designer (as Karl Martin)
Melissa Mollo .... art department coordinator
Wesley Nordby .... construction foreman (as Wesley R. Nordby)
Noah Plunkett .... stand-by greens
David Saltzman .... on-set dresser (as David E. Saltzman)
David Scott .... assistant graphic artist
Dawn Snyder .... set designer
Andrew R. Stern .... stand-by greens
Mark Woods .... lead person
Rick Young .... property master
Louis Farah .... construction medic (uncredited)
Scott Garrett .... draper (uncredited)
Joshua Hunt .... set dresser (uncredited)
Chris Revuelta .... labor foreman (uncredited)
Carl Robarge .... molder/caster (uncredited)
Fred Seibly .... signwriter (uncredited)
Michael Vojvoda .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Brendan Beebe .... boom operator
Ron Bochar .... sound re-recording mixer
Ron Bochar .... supervising sound editor
Martin Raymond Bolger .... sound mixer
David Boulton .... adr engineer
Kam Chan .... foley editor
Benjamin Cheah .... supervising foley editor (as Ben Cheah)
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Constanzo)
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Juno J. Ellis .... adr editor (as Juno Ellis)
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Lewis Goldstein .... sound effects editor
Matthew Haasch .... foley engineer
Ruth Hernandez .... apprentice sound editor
Harry Higgins .... sound re-recording assistant
Alan Holly .... adr engineer
Bob Hughes .... sound utility technician
Dennis Jones .... boom operator
Marissa Littlefield .... supervising adr editor
Todd Milner .... assistant sound editor
Tim O'Shea .... foley editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Wyatt Sprague .... assistant sound editor
Magdaline Volaitis .... dialogue editor
Nicholas Renbeck .... adr editor (uncredited)
Dennis C. Salcedo .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Phil Cory .... special effects coordinator (as Philip Cory)
Richard Cory .... special effects technician
Matthew W. Mungle .... special effects makeup
 
Visual Effects by
Kelly G. Crawford .... editorial: Illusion Arts Inc.
Syd Dutton .... visual effects: Illusion Arts Inc.
Adam Kowalski .... camera operator: Illusion Arts Inc.
Lynn Ledgerwood .... rigging: Illusion Arts Inc.
Fumi Mashimo .... animator: Illusion Arts Inc. (as Fumi Mashimo)
Kelvin McIlwain .... matte artist: Illusion Arts Inc.
Roberto Moreno .... digital assistant: Illusion Arts
Kenneth Nakada .... matte artist: Illusion Arts Inc.
Richard Patterson .... digital supervisor: Illusion Arts
Catherine Sudolcan .... visual effects producer: Illusion Arts Inc.
Bill Taylor .... visual effects supervisor: Illusion Arts Inc.
Mike Wassel .... senior matte artist: Illusion Arts Inc.
David S. Williams Jr. .... lead compositor: Illusion Arts Inc. (as Davis S. Williams Jr.)
 
Stunts
Bud Davis .... stunt coordinator
Tabby Hanson .... stunts
Michael Haynes .... stunts
Gary Hymes .... stunts
Robert Jauregui .... stunts (as Bob Jaurequi)
Alan Oliney .... stunts
Lynn Salvatori .... stunts
Spencer Sano .... stunt performer
Dennis Scott .... stunts
Patricia Tallman .... stunts (as Pat Tallman)
Fred Waugh .... stunts
Keith Woulard .... stunts
Tsuyoshi Abe .... stunts (uncredited)
Kevin Beard .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Jay Caputo .... stunts (uncredited)
Darryl Chan .... stunts (uncredited)
Edward Conna .... stunts (uncredited)
Danny Downey .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Jayson Dumenigo .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert Jauregui .... stunt double: Steve Martin (uncredited)
Hiro Koda .... stunts (uncredited)
Kim Robert Koscki .... stunts (uncredited)
John Koyama .... stunts (uncredited)
Will Leong .... stunts (uncredited)
David Loitz .... precision driver (uncredited)
Casey O'Neill .... stunts (uncredited)
Alan Oliney .... stunt double: Eddie Murphy (uncredited)
Michael Owen .... stunts (uncredited)
Jean Paul Ruggiero .... stunts (uncredited)
John Sakas .... stunts (uncredited)
Felipe Savahge .... stunts (uncredited)
Jill Stokesberry .... stunts (uncredited)
Charles A. Tam .... stunts (uncredited)
Clark Tucker .... stunts (uncredited)
Mike Washlake .... stunts (uncredited)
T.J. White .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Lee Whittaker .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Ash .... best boy: Universal
Guy Norman Bee .... Steadicam operator
Guy Norman Bee .... camera operator: "b" camera
Richard Boyle .... rigging grip (as Richard J. Boyle)
Gary L. Camp .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Scott Drinon .... dolly grip
Richard Elias .... best boy rigging grip
Kevin Fahey .... grip
Michael James Fahey .... best boy grip (as Michael J. Fahey)
Gary Fredrickson .... electrician
Nathaniel Goodman .... additional camera operator: "b" camera
Jim Grce .... chief lighting technician
Mike Green .... grip (as Michael Green)
Tony Hibbard .... rigging electrician (as Michael Tony Hibbard)
Michael J. Hogan .... video assist operator
Duane Katz .... electrician
Ronald Kline .... assistant lighting technician
Suza Kohlstedt .... camera loader
Steve Lazarus .... rigging best boy electric (as Steven Lazarus)
Michael Lyon .... rigging electrician
Anthony T. Marra II .... key grip
Michael A. McFadden .... grip
Matthew Thomas Moles .... rigging key grip
Paul J. Morra .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Tim Nash .... grip
Max Neal .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (as Maxim Edward Neal)
Bill O'Drobinak .... camera operator (as Billy O'Drobinak)
Gustavo Oliva .... rigging electrician
Simone Perusse .... electrician
Christopher Prampin .... rigging gaffer
Robert A. Preston .... additional dolly grip
Robbie Redner .... electrician (as Robert Redner)
Kendall A. Reed .... crane operator
Zade Rosenthal .... still photographer
Joe Sanchez .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Joseph Sanchez)
Mark Santoni .... first assistant camera: Bowfinger camera
Michael A. Savage .... grip
David W. Slodki .... electrician
Scott R. Todd .... rigging electrician
Michael Tolochko .... rigging best boy electric
Kenny K. Tong .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Donna Vega .... rigging gaffer
James B. Walsh .... grip
Mike Gerzevitz .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Edward A. Gutentag .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jerry L. Mandley .... electrician (uncredited)
Larry Markart .... video playback operator (uncredited)
Daniel P. Moore .... video operator: additional photography (uncredited)
Ralph Scherer .... grip (uncredited)
Sandi Sissel .... additional photographer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Carmen Cuba .... casting associate
Steve Spiker .... extras casting
Shannon Dunn .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cynthia Black .... set costumer
Cheryl Beasley Blackwell .... key costumer
Fetteroff Colen .... costumer: Mr. Murphy
Kendall Errair .... costume supervisor
Chrisi Karvonides-Dushenko .... assistant costume designer
Dennis Schoonderwoerd .... costumer
Paki Wolfe .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Abdul Franklin .... assistant editor
Margaret Guinee .... assistant editor: avid
Bob McMillian .... color timer
Christy Richmond .... first assistant editor
Laura Rindner .... assistant editor
Anne Sawyer .... apprentice editor
Tony Solomons .... assistant editor: avid
 
Music Department
John Carbonara .... assistant music editor: New York
Lenny Castro .... musician: latin percussion
Jim Cox .... musician: keyboard
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor
George Doering .... musician: guitar
Andrew Dorfman .... assistant music editor: Los Angeles
J.J. George .... music editor
Dan Higgins .... musician: saxophone
Alexander Janko .... orchestrator
John Kurlander .... scoring mixer
Michael Lang .... musician: keyboard (as Mike Lang)
Pilar McCurry .... music supervisor
Krystyna Newman .... consultant: musical score
Dean Parks .... musician: guitar
Steve Schaeffer .... musician: drums
Neil Stubenhaus .... musician: electric bass
Melodee Sutton .... music coordinator
Brian Bulman .... assistant music editor: temp tracking (uncredited)
Marty Frasu .... scoring sound supervisor (uncredited)
J.J. Holiday .... musician (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Larry Alicata .... driver
Anthony Ardito .... driver (as Tony Ardito)
John M. Batiuk .... driver
Tom Battaglia .... driver
Rod Bennett .... driver
Ron W. Cafferty .... driver
Bill Cockrell .... driver
John Costner .... driver
Tom Dias .... driver
Marcelle 'Kitty' Dutton .... driver (as Kitty Dutton)
Craig Fehrman .... transportation coordinator
Michael Forte .... driver
Bruce Hathaway .... driver
Clifford Johnson .... driver (as Cliff Johnson)
Mike Kulisch .... driver
Bud Lacy .... driver
Greg Landis .... driver
Cecil McClain .... driver
Walter McClain .... transportation captain (as Walt McClain)
Marco A. Orozco .... driver (as Marco Orozco)
Russel Overstreet .... driver (as Russ Overstreet)
Nacho Ramirez .... driver
Robert Santoro .... driver
Myron P. Shepherd .... transportation co-captain
Ervin Wayne Spowehn .... driver (as Wayne Spowehn)
Michael Vieira .... driver
William West .... driver
David N. Williams .... driver
Vincent J. Ybiernas .... driver
Robert Dulys .... driver (uncredited)
Gary Edelman .... driver (uncredited)
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Bonnie Yamahiro .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Kyle Alexander .... location production assistant
Molly Allen .... key location manager
Linda C. Azevedo .... construction accountant
Bethany Babyak .... assistant: Mr. Kehela
Steven A. Berman .... office production assistant
Ray Berrios .... stand-in
Deborah Bird .... production coordinator
Judy Blinick .... first assistant accountant
Lisa Blok-Linson .... location manager
Sue Bokobza .... production accountant
Allan Bragg .... stand-in
Kevin A. Canamar .... supervising medic
Virgil Carter .... photo double: Mr. Murphy
Carlos E. Chairez Jr. .... set production assistant
Amin Chande .... craft service (as Amin Chandra)
Leslie J. Converse .... assistant: Mr. Oz
Anna Culp .... assistant: Mr. Grazer
Juan De Villa .... stand-in
Michael S. Dunitz .... assistant location manager (as Michael Dunitz)
Patricia Ebert .... assistant location manager
Michael Espejo .... stand-in
Marty Frasu .... programmer
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant (as Jennifer Freed)
Allison Ganz .... intern
Anthony Genovese .... stand-in: Adam Alexi-Melle
Jemal Guillory .... assistant: Mr. Murphy
Melissa Hammond .... intern
Maru Hernandez .... office production assistant
Charisse M. Hewitt .... executive assistant: Mr. Murphy
Douglas Huber .... stand-in
Robert Huerta .... stand-in
Sondra James .... adr loop group
Darla Jameson .... stand-in
Donnie Johnson .... assistant: Mr. Murphy
Zachary Kahn .... office production assistant (as Zak A. Kahn)
Jamie Kehoe .... craft service
Luca Kouimelis .... script supervisor
Mike Langenbach .... stand-in
Terry Langford .... projectionist
Keira Marcus .... payroll accountant (as Keira March)
Alison Marshall .... stand-in
Elizabeth Maxwell .... caterer (as Liz Maxwell)
Michael Maxwell .... caterer
Peter McKernan Sr. .... helicopter pilot (as Peter J. McKernan Sr.)
Peter McKernan .... helicopter pilot (as Peter J. McKernan Jr.)
Michael Musteric .... assistant: Mr. Martin (as Michael J. Musteric)
Jennifer O'Neil .... assistant: Mr. Williams
Joshua Owen .... intern
Charity Parson .... animal trainer (as Charity M. Parsons)
Mike Piccirillo .... office production assistant
Gregg Pittman .... head animal trainer
Bronwyn Preston .... unit publicist
Alan D. Purwin .... helicopter pilot (as Alan Purwin)
Nancy Reid .... production secretary
Roger E. Reid .... stand-in (as Roger Reid)
Kristi Roberts .... intern
Nina Saxon .... title designer: New Wave Entertainment
Lindsay Sloane .... assistant: Mr. Grazer
Shannon Speaker .... assistant production coordinator
Jean Stehle .... intern
Sunday Stevens .... set production assistant
Ken Struck .... assistant location manager (as Kenneth M. Struck)
Lynn Struiksma .... set production assistant
Dan Sullivan .... assistant: Mr. Grazer
Sheila Thornsberry .... accounting clerk
Mark Trapenberg .... set production assistant
Christa Vausbinder .... second assistant accountant
David Waldram Jr. .... intern
Matt Walker .... set production assistant
Ilene Waterstone .... executive assistant: Mr. Martin
Randy Webster .... assistant: Mr. Murphy
Julie Adams .... dialect coach: Mr: Terence Stamp (uncredited)
Bohnie Avanzino .... title designer: New Wave Entertainment (uncredited)
George Herthel .... location manager (uncredited)
Scott A. Lopez .... production assistant (uncredited)
Catherine Pittman .... head dog trainer (uncredited)
Peter Pamela Rose .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Bill Timoney .... adr loop group (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Rick Buchanon .... special thanks: NBA
June Butler .... special thanks: Pacific Design Center
Pam Lockhart .... special thanks: The State of California Film Office
Buck Martin .... special thanks: Los Angeles Lakers
Robin Oz .... special thanks
 
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Rated PG-13 for sex-related material and language
Runtime:
97 min | Turkey:85 min (TV version)
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Trivia:
The character of Daisy (played by Heather Graham) is a thinly veiled jab at actress Anne Heche. Like Daisy, Heche is from Ohio, and, also like Daisy, Heche was briefly romantically involved with significantly older man Steve Martin. Daisy's last lines about being involved with "the most powerful lesbian in Hollywood" are a reference to Heche's relationship at the time with Ellen DeGeneres.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Bowfinger takes off his fake pony tail and puts it in his left coat pocket before going into the restaurant. When he pulls out his business card and gives it to Jerry Renfro, he puts his hand in his right pocket, and the fake pony tail is attached to his card.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Robert K. Bowfinger:Wow. Great script. Great script!
[to his dog]
Robert K. Bowfinger:Betsy? It's now or never. We are gonna make a movie.
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102 out of 111 people found the following review useful.
An Under-appreciated Satire, 8 June 2005
Author: eht5y from United States

Given Tom Cruise's recent unstable behavior, it might be the right time to revisit 'Bowfinger,' Steve Martin and Frank Oz's highly under-appreciated satire of the side of Hollywood we mere mortals aren't supposed to see.

In Hollywood, there are no secrets--everyone knows who's secretly gay or insane, and who's slept with who, when, where, and what they got out of it. But no one wants powerful enemies, and in the quickly shifting landscape of stardom, where one can transform almost overnight and with no apparent or predictable logic from b-list character actor or teen idol into a-list mega-star and Oscar-caliber actor who can open hundred-million dollar movies and make or break the careers of his/her friends and acquaintances, no one wants to be the one who spills the scandalous beans.

For this reason, 'Bowfinger'--the 'Spinal Tap' of contemporary Hollywood--was barely made, and upon its release was greeted with a politely, barely restrained gasp of horror from everyone on the inside who recognized Martin's unusually liberal borrowings from the gossip files to construct this smart, dry, tastefully executed comedy about a has-been-before-he-ever-was actor/director who concocts a scheme to sell his hopelessly bad sci-fi action film project to a major studio by surreptitiously following and filming a major action film star, manipulating his behavior when able, and then later patching a film together with the clandestine footage and a few shots with a body-double. Little does Bowfinger (the loser, played with typical charm and intelligence by the great Steve Martin) know that the film star he means to exploit--Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy)--is a paranoid, delusional basket case of psychological problems barely being held together (though, one suspects, also being held at the edge of sanity) by his mentors at MindHead, a bizarre, cultish, mind-controlling religion obviously meant to stand in for the Church of Scientology, the increasingly infamous faith/life method of numerous Hollywood stars, most notoriously Tom Cruise and John Travolta (musician Beck has allegedly also recently joined the ranks of Scientology, at the behest of his father and his girlfriend, the sister of actor Giovanni Ribisi, also a Scientologist).

Bowfinger assembles a motley crew of Hollywood wannabes, which include the fabulous Christine Baranski as Carol, an aging stage actress who drives around town listening to old recordings of herself singing show tunes; Heather Graham as Daisy, a presumably naive young beauty who steps off the bus in L.A. and immediately sets about trying to sleep her way to the top (Daisy is based on nutso actress Anne Heche, who exploited Martin before moving up the food chain to a public lesbian affair with Ellen Degeneres, whose sit-com was then at peak popularity); Adam Alexi-Malle as Afrim, Bowfinger's corpulent Pakistani accountant and the author of 'Chubby Rain,' the ludicrous alien invasion script which Bowfinger believes will catapult him to fame and respectability; Jamie Kennedy as Bowfinger's camera operator, who smuggles equipment out of the studio lot where he works as a low-level crew man; and Kohl Sudduth as Bowfinger's sweet but vapid excuse for a heart-throb. This gang of misfits works well together in various gags lampooning the film industry.

But the film is stolen entirely by Eddie Murphy, first as Kit Ramsey, whose paranoid rants include the observation that a script his agent has offered him must be racist because the letter 'k' appears in it a number of times divisible by three ('KKK' appears in this script 111 times!) and the twisting of a remark made by the agent about a script--'it's not Shakespeare'--into a racist slur ('Shakespeare?!? Shake-a-Spear! You callin' me a spear-chucker!?!), and later as Jiff, Kit's nerdy and socially inept twin brother, who unwittingly stumbles into Bowfinger's scheme and agrees both to serve as a stunt/body double and errand boy for the film ('Running errands would be a real boost for me!' he gleefully remarks).

One of the great things about 'Bowfinger' is the opportunity to see Eddie Murphy create two ridiculous characters the way he once did so frequently on Saturday Night Live, before 'Bevery Hills Cop' send his ego to Mars. He looks like he's having the time of his life, and the fabulous talent he has wasted so frequently on mediocre to painfully bad star vehicles like 'Coming to America,' 'Harlem Nights,' or 'Vampire in Brooklyn' is once again apparent, and triumphant. Together, Martin and Murphy remind us how comedy should be made: with intelligence, humility, generosity--and, most importantly, scathing wit.

Scientology gets fairly merciless treatment in the form of MindHead, a cult-like corporate religion led by Terry Stricter (Terence Stamp), who soothes the paranoiac Kit with new-agey acronym lessons (K.I.T=Keep It Together) and chastens him not to 'show it to the Laker Girls' when he hears the voice of Teddy Kennedy instructing him to 'bring the Laker Girls down a peg or two.' Given Tom Cruise's recent weirdness and the fact that he openly travels with a cadre of Scientologists who function like a Secret Service detail, it's not hard to suspect that Kit Ramsey was written with Tom Cruise in mind (the role was originally written for Keanu Reeves but was ultimately changed and offered to Murphy).

Murphy's presence, ironically, may have undermined this film in its initial release, as audiences many audiences left theaters disappointed, having expected more of a traditional slapstick comedy with Murphy in a larger role (his scenes are easily the funniest, but Kit and Jiff or secondary characters). But it's well worth revisiting for its quality and its scathing critique of the business of Hollywood.

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