On this special edition of the Word Balloon podcast, a conversation with comedian and comics fan Patton Oswalt, who stars in the new film BIG FAN written and directed by Robert Siegel, the man who wrote the screenplay for last year's indie hit, THE WRESTLER.
There's funny stuff in this film , but like THE WRESTLER, BIG FAN is a realistic look at sports. This time the focus is on an obsessive football fan named Paul (Oswalt) , whose loner lifestyle is defined by his "voice on the phone" fandom persona as a regular caller to sports talk radio, He has an awkward hero worship moment with his favorite player that turns violently ugly, and upsets his cocoon like world.
Oswalt discusses the film's character and the obvious similarities of this sort of fan worship compared to pop culture fans. BIG FAN opens this weekend, Aug 28, 2009 in New York and Philadelphia. The wider release begins Sept 4, 2009, and continues across the country through the end of October.
He will be in Chicago the weekend of Oct 2, 2009 doing his stand up and hosting a Q&A session as the film screens at The Music Box Theater. We also talk about his upcoming one shot Firefly story for Dark Horse Comics, and the release of his new DVD MY WEAKNESS IS STRONG. Patton is also starting a new stand up tour in September