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The Three Faces of Steve (Martin)

For us Steve Martin aficionados, we who laughed ourselves senseless during"All of Me," and "The Man With Two Brains," and "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid," we who loved "Pennies from Heaven," "L.A. Story" and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," we who solved the puzzle that was "The Spanish Prisoner" and were struck by the eloquence of "Shopgirl" (both his novella and the movie based on it), there would seem to be three faces of Steve. One is the slapstick genius ("The Jerk," "All of Me"), the second the restless artist ("Pennies from Heaven," "Shopgirl") and the third the platinum-haired guy who tarnishes his rep by appearing in recycled schlock such as "Cheaper By the Dozen" and "The Pink Panther." Why a comic original would want to remake a character created by another comic original, Peter Sellers, is beyond me.

The Three Faces of Steve (Martin)

Steve Martin as Inspector Clouseau. Can you say fromage?
Steve Martin as Inspector Clouseau. Can you say fromage?

For us Steve Martin aficionados, we who laughed ourselves senseless during"All of Me," and "The Man With Two Brains," and "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid," we who loved "Pennies from Heaven," "L.A. Story" and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," we who solved the puzzle that was "The Spanish Prisoner" and were struck by the eloquence of "Shopgirl" (both his novella and the movie based on it), there would seem to be three faces of Steve. One is the slapstick genius ("The Jerk," "All of Me"), the second the restless artist ("Pennies from Heaven," "Shopgirl") and the third the platinum-haired guy who tarnishes his rep by appearing in recycled schlock such as "Cheaper By the Dozen" and "The Pink Panther." Why a comic original would want to remake a character created by another comic original, Peter Sellers, is beyond me.

The good news: Martin is hosting "Saturday Night Live" on Jan. 31. The bad: His second "Panther" film opens February 6. Can you say fromage?

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Carrie Rickey Film Critic
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