Welcome To The Party Pal explores the compelling particulars surrounding the 1993 fantasy action comedy Last Action Hero…
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In this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal, film historian and host Christian Niedan, with the help of editor and culture journalist Dante A. Ciampaglia, explore the fascinating particulars of the 1993 fantasy action comedy Last Action Hero, directed by John McTiernan. It is a satire of the action genre and associated clichés, containing several parodies of action films in the form of films within the film. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as Jack Slater, a Los Angeles police detective within the Jack Slater action film franchise, while Austin O’Brien co-stars as Danny Madigan, a boy magically transported into the Slater universe, and Charles Dance as Benedict, a ruthless assassin from the Slater universe who escapes to the real world. Schwarzenegger also served as the film’s executive producer and plays himself as the actor portraying Jack Slater. In this episode, Christian and Dante expound upon a film that was predicted to be a huge blockbuster, but for a myriad of reasons was a critical and commercial disappointment.
Read work from Dante A. Ciampaglia, who has been published by The Paris Review, Metropolis, Architectural Digest, and Wired, at danteaciampaglia.com.