BOWFINGER
1999, Universal, 97 min, USA, Dir: Frank Oz

Muppet master Frank Oz teams Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy in this hilarious look at movie-biz bottom-feeders. Bobby Bowfinger (Martin) is one of those, a wannabe producer convinced his sci-fi script would be a smash if only famed actor Kit Ramsey (Murphy) was in it. The solution to his problem: Shoot the film around the action star without his knowledge. With Heather Graham.


DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID
1982, Universal, 88 min, USA, Dir: Carl Reiner

Steve Martin is a private eye who interacts with some of film noir’s iconic characters thanks to gorgeous black-and-white cinematography and some extremely creative editing. Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, Alan Ladd and Ingrid Bergman (whose scenes were repurposed from NOTORIOUS) are just some of the famous faces you’ll spot!


ROXANNE
1987, Sony Repertory, 107 min, USA, Dir: Fred Schepisi

Steve Martin was never better than as long-nosed Colorado fire chief C.D. Bales in this sparkling update of Cyrano de Bergerac. Daryl Hannah is the titular beauty who catches the eye of a rookie fireman (Rick Rossovich) reliant on Bales’ way with words for his love letters to her. Martin penned the screenplay to this charming romantic comedy, among the best of the 1980s - the film’s barroom challenge to devise 20 nose jokes is just one example of the writer-star’s razor-sharp wit.


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