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Found Footage

There seems to be an epidemic of leaked audition tapes lately--most notably the disastrous Chris Klein "Mamma Mia!" tape, and now Sam Rockwell's screen test for "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind." And even though this isn't new, yesterday I just happened upon Dan Fogler's screen test for the Sam Kinison biopic "Brother Sam." I can't seem to find current word on the status of this project, which was announced back in 2008, with a script from "American Splendor" writers Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini.

I happen to be a big fan of Fogler, who won a Tony for his work in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" but has stumbled on the big screen in flicks like "Fanboys" and "Good Luck Chuck." I actually enjoy the hell out of "Balls of Fury," his critically derided lead debut. (EW actually gave it an "F" rating! They gave "Human Centipede" a "B+" for crying out loud!)

Anyway, I was awed by Fogler's ability to physically transform himself into the late comedian. But I'm not sure how I feel about his cadence and delivery as Kinison. A friend pointed out that Kinison, through usually screaming like a madman, always projected a certain amount of joy, whereas in this clip, it's just dark and depressing. This may not matter, as I have no idea what the status of the project is. But judge for yourself.

--Jenelle Riley

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