Paducah, KY – Writer Robert Siegel has had a varied career thus far; he's a former editor for The Onion, and he wrote The Onion Movie as well the Academy Award-nominated film The Wrestler. The drama Big Fan is his latest film and it's also Siegel's directorial debut. It's paired him with an unlikely dramatic lead: comedian Patton Oswalt. Todd Hatton spoke with Larry Thomas about this frank look at human hope and harsh reality playing this week at Maiden Alley Cinema in Paducah.
Directed by ROBERT D. SIEGEL (Writer of THE WRESTLER)
Paul Aufiero (PATTON OSWALT), a 35-year-old parking garage attendant from Staten Island, is the self-described "world's biggest New York Giants fan." He lives at home with his mother (MARCIA JEAN KURTZ), spending his off hours calling in to local sports-radio station 760 The Zone, where he rants in support of his beloved team, often against his mysterious on-air rival, Eagles fan Philadelphia Phil (MICHAEL RAPAPORT). His family berates him for doing nothing with his life, but they don't understand the depth of his love of the Giants or the responsibility his fandom carries. One night, Paul and his best friend Sal (KEVIN CORRIGAN) spot Giants star linebacker Quantrell Bishop (JONATHAN HAMM) at a gas station in their neighborhood. They impulsively follow his limo into Manhattan, to a strip club, where they hang in the background, agog at their hero. Paul cautiously decides to approach him, stepping into the rarefied air of football stardom and things do not go as planned. The fallout of this chance encounter brings Paul's world crashing down around him as his family, the team, the media and the authorities engage in a tug of war over Paul, testing his allegiances and calling into question everything he believes in. Meanwhile, the Giants march toward a late-season showdown with the Eagles, unaware that sometimes the most brutal struggles take place far from the field of play.
1 HOUR & 26 MINUTES 2009