TV Club: Saturday Night Live: “Michael Keaton/Carly Rae Jepsen”

“I’m not an actor, I’m a [movie] star!”

I’m not the best prognosticator of enduring stardom. Back in the early 80’s, I would have pegged Michael Keaton as one of the most important film comedians for the next three decades. (Keep in mind, I also thought Peter Scolari was going to be the breakout star of Bosom Buddies.) But there was a time when Keaton and Tom Hanks were smacking comic performances into the cheap seats when I would have bet it all on Keaton, and I wasn’t alone. The great film critic Pauline Kael famously compared Keaton’s electrically funny performance in 1989’s The Dream Team to James Cagney, an analogy that his innate, restless performing energy bore out, for a while. But while Keaton reached undeniable stardom after that with the Batman movies, he inexplicably faded, eventually lending his live-wire comic edginess …

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