Cruel fame

Nice snark from Molly Templeton at, reacting to the latest trailer for comet-impact disaster movie Greenland :

Greenland takes the general premise of Deep Impact and kicks it up a notch: Why simply have one comet on a trajectory to strike the earth when you could also have many smaller pieces of the comet wreak utter havoc first? They’re like the worst opening band humanity has ever had to sit through.

Yes, of course Gerard Butler is in this.

It's as if he's adopted the Michael Caine career strategy 1 without ever managing to do a single decent film along the way. Which is probably best viewed as a reflection of the extent to which even actors who end up in leading-man roles are at the mercy of forces beyond their control when it comes to the quality of the end product. 2

  1. Caine's comment on doing Jaws: The Revenge: "I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific." 
  2. What'll be the scene that leads in Butler's section of the Oscars obituary reel one day? "THIS IS SPARTA!" from 300