You know it’s the golden age of television when a film with two A-list stars has put out a series of webisodes as part of its publicity campaign.
“The Nice Guys” is a soon-to-be-released film starring Ryan Gosling as Holland March, a down-on-his-luck private eye in 1970s Los Angeles, and Russell Crowe as Jackson Healy, a hired enforcer, who must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star.
But, as seen in webisodes, things are not always smooth sailing between the two stars.
Gosling and Crowe, in hilarious send-ups of themselves, visit a therapist (played by “The Big Bang Theory’s” wonderful Melissa Rauch). Crowe smokes, Gosling defends his fangirl merchandise, Gosling talks about the “walls” Crowe puts up around his heart, Gosling compares himself to Jesus. It’s kind of amazing.
Every movie should do this. It sure beats the heck out of the revolving door of press interviews.
“The Nice Guys,” co-starring Kim Basinger, Matt Bomer and Keith David, opens May 20.