Finally, an actor is making headlines without dying. Yesterday, Jerry O’Connell and his cohorts posted what is sure to become a viral video on the YouTube-esque site Funny or Die.
The video, directed by comedian Jerry Minor, serves as a parody of the recently leaked Tom Cruise Scientology video. If you haven’t seen any clips of that yet, search for it on YouTube—it’s worth all nine and a half insane minutes (in which Cruise officially gets my vote for “Craziest SOB Alive”). Luckily, O’Connell and Minor’s parody is only three minutes and seventeen seconds long.
The clip features a turtleneck-clad O’Connell positioned in front of a lamp and wood veneer wall discussing various sorts of nonsense broken up by bouts of maniacal laughter.
It’s O’Connell at his best. He seems to be channeling his Joe’s Apartment days here. And he’s got Cruise’s mood swings down pat, going from handclapping chimp-like laughter to grave quiet in a matter of seconds.
Since Jerry Minor has had his own YouTube channel since September 2006, one may assume the video is just another fun project from the minds of some talented comedians. However, in just a few short minutes, O’Connell and Minor not only convey the absurdity of Cruise’s statements in the original video (the car crash discussion, for example), but they showcase the importance of the people behind the camera (i.e. the writers) that make an actor’s job possible by mocking actors.
You can watch the video here, and check out the two Jerrys together on their sitcom Carpoolers which airs Tuesday nights on ABC.
Image: Screenshot, Funnyordie.com