He nearly made it to Miami!
Simon Brodkin, better known by his comedy personas Lee Nelson or Jason Bent, attempted to snag a free trip to Miami with the England football team as they fly out to prepare for the World Cup in Brazil later this month.
Lee Nelson nearly managed to make it onto the England plane
He dressed himself up identically to the squad with his matching grey suit, and even had his passport in hand ready to board the plane. But those eagle-eyed security bods soon spotted the irregularity and escorted him away from the official team bus at Luton Airport, the England players looking on with a mixture of bewilderment and delight.
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Filmmaker Lynch (daughter of David) knows how to push our buttons, using misogynist violence to keep us uncomfortable right through this contained, stylish thriller. But she also cops out on taking a more challenging approach to such contentious material, never properly exploring the bond between a kidnapper and hostage. So even though the film is involving and harrowing, it lets us down by falling back on movie cliches.
Shot in rural Saskatchewan, the film opens as Sarah (Ormond) takes her young son (Bird) to the movies. But on their way home, the taxi driver Bob (D'Onofrio) instead drives them to an isolated house, where he murders Sarah and turns the boy into a chained-up slave he calls Rabbit. Years pass and Rabbit (now Farren) reaches his late-teens, so Bob lets him study physiology to pass on his "trade" of kidnapping, torturing and killing young women. He also gives Rabbit a bit of freedom, brings a girl (Leslie) home for him to practice on, and takes him out to hunt. But has Rabbit really adopted Bob's murderous ways, or is he plotting something of his own?
The best thing about this film is the taut psychological tension between Bob and Rabbit, which is sharply portrayed by D'Onofrio and Farren. D'Onofrio underplays Bob as a quietly precise man who lives in squalor but keeps every variable under control. He's a killer, but D'Onofrio never turns him into a psychopath, even when we see somewhat hazy flashbacks of his own brutal past. So we can sympathise with Rabbit's feeling that Bob is the only family he has, and Farren's clever performance is an intriguing bundle of cowering fear, malnourished physicality and sharply intelligent glances.
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With its refusal to follow the usual romantic-comedy formula, this snappy and observant movie is a nice surprise. Not only does it keep us wondering about where it's heading, but it gives the likeable Jones and Samberg much more complex roles than they usually get to play. And the quirky approach combined with some darkly dramatic moments makes it more interesting to watch.
Jones and Samberg play the long-time couple Celeste and Jesse, who have been together since they were in school. Now married for six years, they're starting to wonder if maybe they're just best friends, rather than a couple. So they decide to separate. The main issue seems to be surfer-artist Jesse's lack of ambition but, when he begins to move on with his life, Celeste starts wondering if maybe she's the real problem. Even so, they're still completely involved in each others' lives, which is awkward for their friends Beth and Tucker (Graynor and Christian). Maybe they need some distance.
The film's perspective centres on Celeste's messy journey, which is a bumpy series of conflicting emotions. She works as a lifestyle critic, so her comments on pop culture are hilariously barbed, but as her personal life dissolves she retreats into annoying pot-fuelled wallowing. It's often not easy to watch her, but Jones gives a ruthlessly honest performance that's both funny and disturbing. Her sideplots with her gay boss (Wood), her low-life drug dealer (cowriter McCormack) and a bratty popstar client (Roberts) are nicely played but only tangentially developed.
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During a comedy TV stunt to promote his new stand-up DVD, Lee Nelson almost ran into bother with a PCSO when he ran out of a HMV store clutching a copy of it while being chased by a fake policeman.
It must've been fairly embarrassing for the Community Support Officer when he grabbed the comedian, real name Simon Brodkin, thinking that he was helping out the pursuing cop in a real shoplifting chase when in fact it was all just a stunt filmed prior to a signing session at the Oxford Street HMV store. Lee was chased by a pretend policeman through the store and on to the street while he repeatedly shouted, 'You can't nick your own DVD!'. Onlookers looked shocked though slightly amused, but the funniest thing about it all was that neither Lee or the actor told the real PCSO that it was just a stunt until they had struggled their way back into the store. Luckily, when the officer realised it was all a joke, he looked a little red-faced but seemed to see the funny side as he laughed and took to his radio to report the false alarm.
Not everyone laughed about it though; one shopper complained that he thought it was 'disgusting' and 'cheap', according to The Sun. 'The PCSO was just doing his job and it was quite a dangerous situation. They were wrestling in the middle of the road, there could have easily been an accident', he said.
Comedian Lee Nelson, real name Simon Brodkin, ended up scuffling with police on London's busy Oxford Street after pretending to steal one of his own DVDs. Christmas shoppers looked on as Brodkin tussled with a community support officer who wrongly believed he was shoplifting.
The whole situation was confused by the fact that a man dressed up as a police officer was part of Nelson's in-store signing. A spokeswoman for the comedian told the Huffington Post, "He was doing a signing for his DVD at HMV in Oxford Street, and as a treat for his fans he 'stole' one of his own DVDs, then was chased around the store by an actor dressed up as a police officer.. Somehow they ended up out on the pavement, where a real police community support officer got involved, thinking it was a theft taking place. Shoppers were looking on and buses were stopping, it was all very dramatic." Brodkin is a former doctor who quit his promising medical career to pursue work as a stand-up comedian. He's since appeared on Lee Nelson's Well Good Show and has written for the likes of Jason Manford and Al Murray. After Wednesday's incident, he said, "How can you get arrested for nicking your own DVD? Mr Loophole lawyer, if you're reading this, get me off and I'll sort you out with the 20 other DVDs I took."
Lee Nelson is currently performing on his live tour, which calls at Swindon tonight (November 22), before heading to Newport, Worthing, Guildford, Hayes, Basingstoke, Exeter, Glasgow and Southend.
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