Watch: A Live-Action Short About Wile E. Coyote from the Director of 'Stand Up Guys'

Watch: A Live-Action Short About Wile E. Coyote from the Director of 'Stand Up Guys'

Jan 28, 2013

 

Fisher Stevens would probably like to forget that part he had last year in the universally panned comedy One for the Money. We'll happily oblige the actor by taking a look back at the very first film he directed, Call of the Wylie. Yes, the guy from the Short Circuit movies has directed several projects, including a movie called Just a Kiss (Kyra Sedgwick, Marisa Tomei, Taye Diggs), which won an Open Palm Award for outstanding directorial debut at the Gotham Awards, as well as Stand Up Guys, in theaters this weekend. Wylie, however, takes things in an entirely different direction, continuing the story of the Warner Bros. cartoon icon, Wile E. Coyote.

In Stevens' film, Wylie goes by his middle name, Ezra (played by Patrick Breen, who cowrote the short and is a regular Stevens collaborator). This version of the animated figure shows us a darker, more complex character that prides himself on being a soulful thesp. It's an amusing look into the psyche of an enduring pop-culture icon. As website Film School Rejects points out (it introduced us to the bizarre little clip), if nothing else, you'll get to see Billy Zane cast as Marlon Brando — which basically made our entire morning.

Since there are some wonky copyright warnings attached to the online video, watch it on the Vimeo website. Report back with comments.

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