Despite those priorities, The series is notably lacking in interviews with creator Ryan Murphy, any other major producers, or any of the cast members. The series features interviews with FunFormer director of photography, head of hair, set designer, art director, location manager — roles that, while important in the production of a TV show, hardly hold sway over what happened when the stars returned home. The series includes extensive interviews with Rivera’s father, George Rivera, as well as three of Monteith’s alleged close friends: former roommate Justin Neal, actor Stephen Kramer Glickman, and friend from Vancouver Frederick Robinson. But the closest he can come to interviews is a former backup dancer and a few stand-ups.
Cast Chord Overstreet and Becca Tobin They have spoken out against the docuseries, expressing skepticism that anyone in the primary cast would be involved. in Interview shared with BuzzFeed In November 2022, former cast member Jenna Ushkowitz — who co-hosts a podcast called And that’s what you really missed with a colleague Fun Blame Kevin McHale – She voiced her concerns about the documentary: “In terms of the Discovery+ documentary, it seems more important to me at least, that I do the podcast because we’ve been there. And we were the ones who experienced this. And we know what really happened.”
The series’ approach to the cast’s misfortunes is often dehumanizing. in The price of elationIn the first episode, every interview trumps philosophy as the bewildering cast launches to fame. They talk about the flight and the testing process. Those memories would be benign and even dull—if it weren’t for the surreal degree of true crime dun-dun-dunnG in the background. By 2020, all [this cast] It will be famous,” an on-screen text tells viewers, “And three will die.”
Unlike in Fun By themselves, these moments of camp offer no hint of irony. A montage of headlines, tweets, and photos plays out as if to illustrate the central thesis that yes, of course this show and its cast are cursed. The montage references former 2019 cast member Melissa Benoist Domestic violence accusation against her ex-husband and ex-husband Fun Co-star Blake Jenner. (In 2020, Jenner A statement was issued Take “full responsibility” for the harm he caused Benoist, “emotionally, mentally and yes, physically.”)
But Fun Not a true crime story. The price of elation It attempts to carve major myths from the lives of more than a dozen actors who once shared small talk about craft services. Along the way, he often forgets that these people are people.
Benoist met a man at work, who became her husband, and chose to hurt her. It doesn’t really make sense to group the domestic violence charges with the deaths of former co-workers or put Rivera’s or Monteith’s name next to the name of a man who died during a legal battle over pedophilia images. The series’ links are tenuous at best, and voyeuristic and damaging at worst.
Fun It was camp: flashy and a little grotesque, entertaining and confusingly about self-awareness. This sensitivity has long shaped how the show is discussed. In the public imagination are tales of what went on behind the scenes in Fun They feel like natural extensions of the show’s fun house mirror image of the world.
But the actors Fun They were just a group of co-workers. They worked together on a very specific TV show – and intense to be specific. They put in long hours, talking to jesters and handlers. They fought, they had sex. They faced challenges most of us can’t handle (dodgy paparazzi chase) and the ones we can (microattacks from Type A co-workers). Then their work is done. They moved. Some left the industry. Life happened.
There will probably be a lot of interesting things elation Alumni – experiences unheard of, joys and tragedies yet to be discovered. However, the key to any narrative is just that People It’s what makes the story interesting. The price of elation Not interested in that. The show Hot Mines is a lazy take on the tragedy. It’s a slap in the face for people to take advantage of. To a lesser extent, it is also an insult to those who watched at home. Those who are interested in how people navigate the extraordinary atmosphere of Hollywood.
The stories we tell have weight. No one—at least not yet—knew how best to tell the story of what came Fun. ●