UPDATE: Apparently this isn’t the “official” trailer. More on that here.
Hesher, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman, finally has a trailer, and it puts me in a bit of a bind. I’ve been pretty open about how much I liked this movie, but now the trailer has JGL taking a kick to the meat bucket at the 58-second mark, and we’ve long maintained that a nutshot in the trailer is the kiss of death for any movie. But (500) Days of Summer had a retarded ending and people liked it anyway, probably because of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Maybe JGL is so well-liked that he could actually transcend the laws of nutshots in movie trailers, thus rewriting the laws of the universe! If he can pull this off, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s balls will have more indie cred than Ryan Gosling’s ukulele. They could even start a band together called, uh… Balls and Sebastian. Yeah, let’s go with that. (Wait no, “Dead Man‘s Balls?” Aw, forget it.)
Hesher plays SXSW (“South by Southwest”) next month and someday you the general public might even get to see it.
It debuted at last year’s Sundance Film Festival to mixed reviews, was bought up days later by Newmarket Films, and has languished for over a year without hitting theaters because of what appears to be internal politics. Newmarket chief Chris Ball left the company to form his own shingle, and there are now plans for the release to be a joint venture between Newmarket and Ball’s Wrekin Hill Entertainment [BALLS WRECKIN, MY GOD IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW! -Ed]. It should hit later this spring. [ThePlaylist]
Trailer needs more metal. Or, if there were a just God, Bas Rutten could narrate.