Who's in It:
The Basics: Based on the true story of Alan Conway, who really did go around London impersonating Stanley Kubrick during the making of Eyes Wide Shut, in spite of looking nothing like Kubrick, being flamboyantly gay and knowing zero about Kubrick's career. And when you have a kook character who's too old for Johnny Depp to play, go with Depp's spiritual big brother, Malkovich, a man who never met a role he considered too weird. Why we only have two main guys who fit that bill is kind of a bummer.
What's the Deal? It goes nowhere, but at least it goes there with trashy good humor. It's a collection of scenes where Malkovich puts on a new pair of pink socks and crazy getups and brazenly moves in and out of freaky accents while everyone around him is totally fooled by it all. Finally, he's caught, of course, but even then he just switches his game up. He learns nothing, he's unrepentant, there's no suspense involved in his being unmasked. You're just expected to enjoy watching him do a lot of big acting and be this crazy guy. And I did.
Being John Malkovich: He's really making an ongoing thing out of the "meta" experience, this time by playing a guy who's playing a guy who, in turn, lies about hiring Malkovich to be in one of his films. Then he insults himself by saying that "Malkovich isn't big enough." It sounds more cutesy than it plays.
Includes Cameos From: Marisa Berenson, Honor Blackman, Richard E. Grant, Peter Sallis, Ken Russell and Leslie Phillips. Sallis is the voice of Wallace in the Wallace & Grommit animated shorts. Berenson starred in Kubrick's Barry Lyndon.
Director Brian Cook's Kubrick Connection: He was the first assistant director on Eyes Wide Shut.