Keaton ready to rock as Ken

Posted by · 9:19 am · May 3rd, 2010

One of the big reasons for me to get excited for Adam McKay’s “The Other Guys” was that Michael Keaton, after suffering through a slew of straight-to-video or otherwise forgettable films, would have a front-and-center performance in what should be a commercially successful film.

I remain faithful to Keaton despite the lows.  But let’s face it.  The last time he had a theatrical starring role was the deplorable “White Noise” (and before that it was 1996’s “Multiplicity”).  The last time most remember seeing him on screen was probably 1997’s “Jackie Brown.”

Of course, there was his directorial debut, “The Merry Gentleman,” which opened last year and surely demanded plenty of his time.  And there have been some nice TV offerings (such as “The Company” a few years back and “Live From Baghdad,” which is actually nine years ago at this point).

Anyway, I was excited when it was announced that Keaton would be working with Pixar again, this time as the Ken doll in “Toy Story 3.” Susan King caught up with the actor recently for a Los Angeles Times piece, and he definitely seems to be having fun with things.

Like this answer to a question regarding Ken’s back story:

It’s so great to have these conversations with a straight face. I’ll challenge anyone to talk about this and not start to, like, grin. You have to shoot your face up with Novocain to have these conversations. Ken actually serves as kind of a concierge — somewhere between a tour guide, a concierge, maitre d’ and ambassador. He’s not only alone in his dream house but probably alone in the dream.

Unfortunately, two more nothing queries with nothing answers and that’s the end of the piece.  Not that I need a giant profile built around the guy for a role like this (The Guardian did a good job of that last year, anyway).  But I don’t know, a LITTLE substance?

Meanwhile, here’s hoping Keaton finds a role that speaks to him and launches him out of the background once again.  Would be nice.  And for the hell of it, the trailer for “The Other Guys”:

“Toy Story 3,” meanwhile, opens nationwide June 18.

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10 responses so far

  • 1 5-03-2010 at 9:34 am

    BurmaShave said...

    He was amazing in THE COMPANY. Just the kind of performance THE GOOD SHEPHERD could have used at its heart.

  • 2 5-03-2010 at 11:27 am

    Fitz said...

    Seconded, on The Company, captivating performance.

    Looks like he’ll have fun playing the beleaguered police captain.

  • 3 5-03-2010 at 12:33 pm

    entertainmenttod said...

    I agree I LOVE keaton. It is amazing that one or two wrong moves interms of acting roles can put you down a bad career path. Keaton should have had the career of Tom Hanks but did not.
    Clean and Sober is a terrific film with his best dramatic performance and his role in Night Shift is comedy classic stuff. He can do it all.


  • 4 5-03-2010 at 1:11 pm

    Mike said...

    Kris, What happened to this guy? He seemed to have a very poor eye for choosing quality roles but he was Batman! You gotta figure some leeway in for him.

    He was the lead in films and then like that, it was all over. Did he get blacklisted for something or was this a self imposed exile?

  • 5 5-03-2010 at 1:12 pm

    Chris138 said...

    I find Michael Keaton quite underrated. I rented “The Merry Gentleman” this past winter and found it pretty impressive. One of the more underrated films of last year, in my opinion.

  • 6 5-03-2010 at 1:23 pm

    Derek 8-Track said...

    did he have a falling out with Tim Burton? they should work together again asap.

  • 7 5-03-2010 at 1:35 pm

    Fitz said...


    Not until Burton figures out how to get out of his creative slump.

  • 8 5-03-2010 at 2:04 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Honestly, the way I’ve heard it, turning down Batman Forever really rubbed some suits the wrong way and it hurt him down the road. Just what I’ve heard…

  • 9 5-03-2010 at 2:24 pm

    tony rock said...

    LOL wow…well he was smart to turn it down. I remember hearing something about how he didn’t like the campier direction Schumacher was taking things.

  • 10 5-03-2010 at 3:49 pm

    entertainmenttod said...

    Kris said-Honestly, the way I’ve heard it, turning down Batman Forever really rubbed some suits the wrong way and it hurt him down the road. Just what I’ve heard…

    I have a strong feeling that statement is very accurate. It also cost Keaton a TON of money in his bank account!