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Watch: Bobcat Goldthwait’s ‘Call Me Lucky’ Trailer Celebrates a Mythical Comedian

Watch: Bobcat Goldthwait's 'Call Me Lucky' Trailer Celebrates a Mythical Comedian

“I want to prove F. Scott Fitzgerald wrong,” Bobcat Goldthwait told me at Sundance, “that there are no second acts.” Not only has he directed seven films over the past decade, but he’s also having a blast directing “Community.” “Call Me Lucky,” his third Sundance debut and first documentary, is a profile of standup comic Barry Crimmins.

Goldthwait’s last fiction film “Willow Creek” was a found footage Bigfoot movie with the filmmaker “interviewing actual folks in a town and putting them in a suspense scary buffet movie.”

So it was natural that he should go full documentary for “Call Me Lucky,” which started with Goldthwait’s best friend of 33 years, Robin Williams (he still gets teary when his name comes up), who was trying to make a scripted narrative movie about Crimmins. “It seemed like it was hard to get going that way,” said Goldthwait. “So Robin suggested we make it as a documentary and we started filming last February. So it’s kind of fitting that we’re premiering at the same theater as ‘World’s Greatest Dad.’ I hope to do well by my friend.”

Read the rest of our interview here. The film opens August 7.

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