You sit there cursing all the “stupid” people for slowing down to look at the car wreck at the side of the road that has ground traffic to a halt. And then you join them … gawk, gawk and gawk; you join the gawker’s block to see how bad the wreck is that has taken time out of your day and lengthened your commute.
On May 21, Virgil Films & Entertainment gives you the golden opportunity to enjoy a “car wreck” of epic proportions with the release of writer/director David Giancola’s behind-the-scenes footage for the 2007 sexploitation film, Illegal Aliens, which has been spun into the feature-length documentary, Addicted to Fame.
All you have to know about both films is the name Anna Nicole Smith. She was the “car wreck” of a celebrity, famous for being famous, a Playmate of the Year — called “white trash” (and more) — who had cases about her marriage to a man old enough to be her grandfather go all the way to the United States Supreme Court (not once, but twice) and then died of an “accidental” drug overdose on Feb. 8, 2007 at just 39 years of age.
In retrospect it was easy to see the “Smith” car speeding down the road, wandering in and out of traffic and then SMASH! What Addicted to Fame does so perfectly is to capture the “driver” behind the wheel on the way to the wreck.
There are no heroes in this documentary, which exists only because Gaincola knew exactly what he was dealing with in casting, for purely exploitative purposes, Anna Nicole Smith in his sexploitation sci-fi comedy, Illegal Aliens.
Because of the casting of this particular “celebrity with public problems," the film could not obtain a completion bond (insurance), so he crafted insurance of his own, which took the form of a second film crew documenting the daily grind of making Illegal Aliens. What you end up with is, well, a car wreck … so feel free to gawk (that’s what we do, right?).
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