''Confessions of a Dangerous Mind'' is a must-see for fall 2002
WHY WE CAN’T WAIT In the hands of the wrong people, an improbable tale like this one could get gonged faster than Gene Gene the Dancing Machine. But that’s not likely to be a problem, with Charlie Kaufman (”Being John Malkovich”) scripting, George Clooney directing, and the overlooked Sam Rockwell (”Charlie’s Angels”) getting his long-deserved big break.
SOURCE MATERIAL The too-bizarre-to-be-believed life of ”The Gong Show” host Chuck Barris, as depicted in his 1984 memoir
PLOT POINTERS Barris claims to have been employed as a government hitman in the ’60s. He hosted a show where robots danced, comedians performed with paper bags over their heads, and C-list celeb judges smacked a huge gong. Enough said.
BURNING QUESTION Are docudramas based on ’70s TV stars (see the Bob Crane story, ”Auto Focus”) the biggest thing since genius docudramas?
COME FOR Cameos from Clooney pals like Matt Damon and Brad Pitt as ”Gong Show” contestants
STAY FOR The ”ER” vet’s first venture in directing