So “50 Shades of Grey” came out on Valentines Day (so what a relief for lonely women out there) and with it’s trailer came a whole cornucopia of reactionary videos from the elders reaction to youtube star inserts. But none of them comes close to the awesomeness when you add Steve Buscemi. Steve Buscemi is great in any trailer (check out his role in the SuperBowl Snickers Ad trailer), and with added to a trailer as dense of “Fifty Shades of Grey” it encompasses all the elements of a good piece of parody.
50 Shades of Grey
I’m not a believer in judging works I’ve never read or watched. However, it can be taken as given that the appeal of “50 Shades of Grey” is the sex (insert porn for bored housewives jokes here haha), shocking for a movie that seems lacking in the sex. What’s more the relationship between the two, Anastasia Steele, a young college senior, and, Christian Grey, the 27-year old successful entrepreneur and all around hunk. And all this sounds like something that isn’t erotic but a erotic-fantasy, with some cliche characters. All this is make the tone of the trailer of serious romantic drama very unaware of the reasons why it’s watched and the reasoning behind it’s source material, making it fertile ground for parody.
Steve has occupied that odd area of Hollywood actors, prolific enough to be considered successful but never capturing the oscar-winning roles and appeal like Brad Pitt or Leonardo DiCaprio. Instead he has been the sidekick, the creepy guy, the psychotic gangster, the subversive character that we can all recognize. Because of his subversive character he is the iconic guy for jabbing fun and parodic. Jamie Dornan is a nondescript beefcake who got the role because every other actor with talent decided it was beneath them. Replacing Jamie Dornan with Steve Buscemi is inserting a character who is creepy, funny, flawed and in it’s most subversive act acting more human than Jamie Dornan could ever be.
By inserting Steve Buscemi into the trailer, it’s a subversion of the weakness of the characters and the nature of the protagonist relationships. While it can be argued that the relationship between the two main characters is an abusive one, it’s really just the sexual erotic fantasy of E.L. James written out for poorly developed characters. Steve brings out how the relationship would honestly play out as from hilarious to disturbing and utterly subverting the trailer which takes itself too seriously.
We could all use a little parody now and then, and at times it can be poorly implemented or mean-spirited. This is parody done right, to subvert and to poke at another piece of work, and so we can view something in sometimes a more honest light.