Actors can’t make it to the top without stepping into a few, not-so-popular films throughout their career (even Meryl Streep has films like “The Any Bully” and “Prime” on her resume) but a new series from Funny or Die will at least give actors a chance to come clean on their perilous projects of yesteryear. Funny or Die! has partnered with IMDb for a “scroll down memory lane” in a new digital series called IMDb Me.
The series launched today on IMDb.com, IMDb’s mobile apps, and on Funny Or Die. The first episode features Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project, Shadow of the Vampire, Platoon) who begins talking about his very first IMDb credit, Heaven’s Gate, and the story behind his firing. Dafoe covers many of his acting credits, spanning four decades and over a hundred films, with great commentary and behind-the-scenes trivia including a story about the improvised birds scene from his most recent film, The Florida Project.
All episodes will be directed by Jake Szymanski (Tour De Pharmacy), whose voice is heard off-camera asking talent questions about their roles and challenging actors to remember specific details from movies they have long forgotten. Additional episodes are slated to premiere beginning next month.
Beginning today, viewers can catch the premiere episode of IMDb Me on funnyordie.com, as well as at imdb.com/imdbme and on IMDb’s iOS and Android apps. Fans will also receive regular updates about the series on IMDb’s and Funny Or Die’s social media channels, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We added the YouTube version below.
“As everyone in the entire world knows, Hollywood talent celebrate and obsess over their IMDb pages,” said Mike Farah, CEO of Funny Or Die. “So I’m not certain a more important series has ever existed. I’m so excited for Jake to dig deep with such amazing actors about the highs and lows every career in entertainment faces,” he added.
“We’re thrilled to team up with the comedic geniuses at Funny Or Die, and are long-time admirers of the shows they have produced, including Between Two Ferns,” said Col Needham, IMDb’s Founder and CEO. “It’s fun to see top celebrities reading between the lines of their IMDb name pages, providing an all-new perspective on their careers. The results are informative, personal, and often quite funny.”