Monday, November 21, 2011

Figwit, the 3 second global superstar. Documentary

I love nutty NZ Comedy and it seems the world does too. Flight of the Conchords are huge, The Boy with tape on his face is getting that way with a Royal variety performance this year. The whole 'NZ quirk' brand is a large reservoir of potential. We seem to not appear to be trying thst hard when we act silly. It's a casual, relaxed silly that the rest of the world find charming I guess.

Anyone interested in forming a NZ Quirk Export company please bear me in mind.

The documentary looks at the rise to celebrity status of NZ actor and musician Bret McKenzie, who appeared for 3 seconds as an extra in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring", during the Council of Elrond scene. His brief appearance sparked a huge internet fan-base dedicated to his "brooding pout" and "elvish good looks"

. McKenzie has been dubbed "FIGWIT", an acronym of "Frodo is Great; Who is That!!?"

Featuring Bret McKenzie, Jermaine Clement, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood, Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Ian Mckellan

I think it's hilarious and shows that the internet empowers people who recognise that power, that they can get gleefully subversive with it.

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