Oscar-Worthy? Christian McKay IS Orson Welles…
Last week I had the opportunity to check out the new opus ME AND ORSON WELLES by local film hero Richard Linklater. While I was rather disappointed to miss the chance to sing a High School Musical duet with Zac Efron at the Highball after-party (I had been practicing Start of Something New), I was elated to witness one of the greatest acting performances I've seen in a long time. Newcomer Christian McKay bursts on to the screen with an incredible tour-de-force performance as a very young Orson Welles in the throes of producing his now-legendary stage production of JULIUS CAESAR. Brash, bold, brilliant, arrogant and truly childish, the gigantic personality of one of cinema's greatest auteurs was brought to life with such realism that I often lost the sense that I was watching a modern film and felt I was instead viewing archival footage of Welles holding court.
ME AND ORSON WELLES opens Friday at the Alamo South Lamar. We're hoping that this one falls into the category of "the little film that could." There's very little national-level promotion and the lead is a total unknown, but if you A) want to see one of the most electrifying performances of the year, B) love Shakespeare or Orson Welles or C) fantasize about singing duets with Zac Efron (the "me" of ORSON WELLES AND ME), then this is your sure-bet movie ticket this weekend.
Tickets and info here.