On Saturday night at The Hamptons, I was leaving the Hunting Inn just as Jerry Seinfeld and his wife and kids, rolled up for dinner at The Palm. Wearing a sweatshirt, jeans, sneakers, and his glasses, I was amused and surprised to see Seinfeld relaxing in The Hamptons with his big “comeback” production, Bee Movie, opening in theaters in less than two weeks. From the sound of this Sunday New York Times profile, he’s been keeping busy to spread the… er…. buzz about Bee Movie. From the article:
In the ensuing years Mr. Seinfeld has starred in an HBO comedy special, “I’m Telling You for the Last Time,” and a low-budget documentary, “Comedian,” and written a children’s book, “Halloween.” He was also married and fathered three children, and, in whatever spare time remains, continues to perform his stand-up act with a triathlete’s zeal.
Yet none of these endeavors — the professional ones at least — has demanded as much of Mr. Seinfeld as “Bee Movie,” a studio feature with a budget of about $150 million for which he not only supplied the voice of the lead character, a wisecracking honeybee named Barry B. Benson, but also helped write the script and spent nearly four years overseeing every element of the production.
He is also a central component of the film’s marketing campaign, showing up in television commercials and at live appearances (occasionally dressed in an oversized bee costume), suggesting that this cartoon movie about talking insects is just another part of his indomitable comedic continuum.
But to many fans, and to many people who worked on “Bee Movie,” the film represents the first real return of Mr. Seinfeld since the end of his television show, a welcoming back after what appeared to be a self-imposed absence.