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Anyone who knows me, knows that my two favorite things in the world are television and sports (because I have no friends) and when the two of them come togetherI get more excited than a kid in Miami getting on the jumbotron. True Detective had quickly become one of my favorite shows on HBO in recent memory. I have even re-watched the series three times (see: note above about no friends).
So, when Corey Kluber released this video of his True Detective Season 2 audition tape I naturally had, nay – needed –to watch it. There have been rumors of the addition of Vince Vaughn to their cast, but why not Corey Kluber? And since I was a film and screen study major I feel I’m qualified to critique it. Some notes:
- He first says that he’s known for being composed on the mound. So, I had to check the tape in order to be sure of his credibility. I found that yes, he was right . But, when he said he looked comparable to Rust Cohle I just thought there was no way. Then, he put on that wig and I could not have been more wrong. I will never doubt you again, Corey.
- When they start the interview I giggled to myself (because I’m at home by myself) when it was Pepsi that Kluber was cutting with his knife instead of the classic Lone Star beer that Rust, seemingly solely, drank. Product placement for the win!
- I gotta say, Mathew McConaughey’s aluminum cut-outs of tiny men were way better.
- Out of all the monologues that Rust goes through in the first season Iâm a little disapointed they didnât use this one . Definitely the scene where McConaughey first shows the true nature of his character.
- If time is a flat circle like they say, I hope Kluber keeps reliving this moment .
- I know this has nothing to do with Corey Kluber,but this was easily the best scene in True Detectives first season . I feel like it needs to be shared, otherwise I wouldn’t be doing my job as a “journalist”.
Parody/Humor: A; MLB fan cave did a great job with this remake. The opening was remarkably similar to the show itself, just with a Cleveland background. They used some of the best monologues from Rust Cohle that they could show (or were allowed to say at least).
Acting: C-; Yikes, bro. Not a great display of your emotional range. It’s almost like you never attended any sort of acting/improv class. It’s almost like you spent most of your time practicing pitching. To each their own, I guess.
Corey Kluber: K; See what I did there? Plot twist!
Overall: B+; I might be a little biased since this was the combination of one of my favorite pitchers with one of my favorite shows, but I enjoyed this little clip. MLB Fan Cave has really tried to reach a new younger audience this year. Their first attempt with the show Off The Bat was poor at best. These viral clips parodying popular television series are a much more suitable approach to enticing to youth because I can really only focus for about 3 minutes at a time. Side note: using the word “enticing” also entices the youth.
What We Learned: Kluber may not be the best actor, but he is the ace of the Indians’ staff and we will need him down this stretch. Weâre coming for you Sung Woo!