If you recall when Crispin Glover appeared on Late Night with David Letterman wearing a wig, glasses, and loud dollar-bin clothes—you know, that time he nearly kicked in the host’s face with one of his platform shoes—he was attired as Rubin Farr, his character from Rubin & Ed. In fact, Glover turned up in character twice before the movie’s straight-to-video release in ‘91: first on Letterman, and then in the music video for his own song “Clowny Clown Clown,” right at the moment the lyrics mention “Mr. Farr.”
“How’d you like a kick right in the taco, buster?”
Directed by Trent Harris (of Beaver Trilogy fame), Rubin & Ed has given me countless hours of pleasure over the past quarter-century. Perhaps only Repo Man is as quotable and as inexhaustibly funny. Hesseman is Ed Tuttle, a middle-aged loser with an outrageous rug, anger management issues and a heartless ex-wife (Karen Black). Ed’s trying to claw his way back to the zero level of dignity with the help of a motivational seminar/get-rich-quick scam called “Power Through Positive Real Estate,” for which he needs recruits. Glover is the socially challenged cat-lover Rubin Farr, whose mother won’t let him move back in with her until he makes a single human friend. And so begins one of cinema’s great romances.
“That cat’s colder than a well-digger’s ass!”
(Incidentally, though these Yelp reviews are pretty old, it looks like the Angelenos among you can still study acting with Crispin’s father, Bruce Glover. He’s still giving out his phone number on his Facebook page.)
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
‘The Big Problem ≠ The Solution. The Solution = Let It Be’: Crispin Glover’s concept album, 1989