The ''Diff'rent Strokes'' TV movie is our guilty pleasure -- ''Behind the Camera'' is unintentionally hilarious
The ”Diff’rent Strokes” TV movie is our guilty pleasure
While most of us are all too aware of the tragic pasts of the Diff’rent Strokes cast members, that knowledge doesn’t make NBC’s cheesy Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Diff’rent Strokes telepic (Sept. 4, 8 p.m.) any less enjoyable. Boasting a wig supply that would shame most community-theater productions (Gary Coleman’s Afro both recedes and advances through the years), the movie’s worst/best offense is that the actors playing Coleman, Todd Bridges, and Dana Plato look nothing like their real-life counterparts — the first two of whom appear in staged interviews recounting precisely where it all went wrong. Casting distractions aside, the film depicts plenty of bizarre behavior (the photo above may offer a clue as to exactly what Willis was ”talkin’ ’bout” all those years) that — when paired with super-hammy direction — only adds to the unintentional hilarity.