Call Winston Wolfe: Let’s Clean Up Steve Martin’s Career
He's Winston Wolfe. He solves problems. He's here to help.
Here's what we've got for you, Mr. Martin.
1. Don't sweat "The Big Year." We highly doubt you'll do this, but the worst thing you could "learn" from the commercial failure of "The Big Year" is that it means you need a hit. You don't have any projects lined up at the moment, and you needn't be concerned about jumping on the next big franchise to prove your marquee worth. You're Steve Martin. You're bigger than movies. Everyone else will forget all about "The Big Year" soon enough; you might as well, too.
2. Write more. In 1987, very deep into your career, you proved that you weren't "just" the funny guy with "Roxanne," a sensitive romantic comedy that you wrote. Even better were your scripts for "L.A. Story" and "Bowfinger." (We never saw "A Simple Twist of Fate," but we remember liking the script as well.) You've been writing most of your professional life -- you've done plays, novels, bluegrass albums, and a (really, really good) memoir -- but you haven't had a produced screenplay that wasn't a "Pink Panther" movie in a while. We miss that side of you.
3. Hold off on the family films. Movies aimed at kids have been your bread-and-butter for a bit now -- "Cheaper by the Dozen," "Pink Panther" -- but we'd like to ask that you curb it for a bit. We understand that these are your hits that keep you in the industry game, but four of your last eight movies have been in that genre -- five, if you count, "The Big Year," which is something of a family film. It's easily the least exciting aspect of your career right now, but it's the one we seem to see you in the most lately.