I saw Man of the Year on Monday evening, which is a film starring Mork, sorry Robin Williams. It’s about a comedian who almost manages to get himself voted in as president of the USA, but it is not really a comedy. In fact, it is part thriller. I’m not going to tell you the plot and spoil it, because I think the film is worth watching, especially for Italians or those who know Italy.
Why do I think this? Well, I’m not sure, but it almost looks as though the writer, Barry Levinson (he directed Rain Man), may have heard about Beppe Grillo’s exploits in Italy. Beppe Grillo, an Italian comedian, is potential example of a comic who could end up becoming a politician. I wonder if Mr Levinson read something about Grillo in the international press, or came to Italy on holiday and met up with some Italian Grillo fans. I doubt it, but then you never know. If you do see the film and your are either Italian or live in Italy, let me know what you think. If there was no Grillo influence, then the film is just yet another example of how the populations of the world are becoming fed up with the superficiality of politicians.