- Pauly Shore, known for his critically reviled comedies, is now aiming for an Oscar by playing the lead role in a biopic about Richard Simmons.
- Word of mouth holds significant value in marketing, even for bad or perceived bad productions, as it generates curiosity and interest.
- Pauly Shore's reputation for making corny and bad productions actually helped him make good money.
We’ve had some things to say about Pauly Shore on our site. To spare you any unnecessary suspense about what those things might be, we’ll say they weren’t particularly awe-inspiring. We even wrote a whole post about how he could’ve been everything that Adam Sandler is. It’s called Pauly Shore Could’ve Been Everything That Adam Sandler Is. In it, our very own Sergio Pereira accurately described Shore as having been the “king of critically reviled comedies” once upon a time.
On the surface, to crown someone a king of reviled things might seem like a terrible insult, and maybe, to some degree, it is. Still, within the colossal money-spinning machine that is Hollywood, certain productions gain significant interest and even make tonnes of cash just because they’re bad or perceived to be bad. Some even go on to become cult classics – think The Room (2003).
Why would that even be a thing, though? Well, when it comes to marketing products or anything really, word of mouth holds enormous value because it’s a form of social currency. If someone I trust tells me they watched an awful movie, there’s a considerable chance I’ll want to watch it, too. Weird, I know, but true. It’s probably happened to you at some point: your friend cracks open a bottle of a beverage he likes, but, as he takes a sip, he realises it doesn’t quite smell or taste right. What does he do next? You’d think he’d march to the bin and dump it in there post haste, but no. First, he asks you to take a sip so you can feel his disgust. And you do.
Word of mouth is powerful, and based on his oddly famous reputation for making some corny and bad productions (at least according to the critics), Pauly Shore was making good money. But things didn’t go well there, and at some point, many people just felt that his style got tired.
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We all love a good comeback story. The ones that tug at our heartstrings the most are the ones that are the most unlikely. As it turns out, if the hype is to be believed, Pauly Shore now has his sights on earning himself an Oscar. And how does he plan to get this done? He’ll do it by playing the lead role in a biopic about famous fitness media mogul Richard Simmons. Shore said, “I’m excited about sharing Richard Simmons’ life with the world. We all need this biopic now more than ever.”
Sometime last year, memes started doing the rounds on the internet, showing the impressive and striking similarity between Shore and Simmons. Based on that alone, there’s no doubt that if anyone should play Simmons, Pauly Shore is that guy. On his YouTube channel, Shore put out an update for his fans, and he sounded highly optimistic about how things are going with the project.
What’s interesting is that Richard Simmons, who’s done a reasonably good job of staying away from public life for a while now, says he knows nada about this project, so it remains to be seen if Shore’s confident utterances will result in anything meaningful.
While you wait for the biopic, here’s a link to a teaser for a short film (unrelated, apparently) in which Pauly Shore also plays Richard Simmons. Fans of Shore, keep your fingers crossed. This might be the one that gives the man his Academy Award.
Are you sold on the idea of Pauly Shore playing Richard Simmons? On a scale from one to ten, how confident are you that the film will happen?