(The White Sock -- I'm just assuming it's Ron Karkovice -- doesn't appear in the film.)
You'll have to forgive me for missing the appeal of Sundance Channel's "Iconoclast" series. While I generally like most of the people executive producer Robert Redford brings onto the show to discuss their, um, iconoclasm, sitting through 44 minutes featuring two celebrities pat each other on the back to tell each other how great they are usually leaves me uneasy.
This is in spite of the good spirits of the "iconoclasts" (the series tends to stretch that term to its outer limits because, I'm sorry, Lenny Kravitz isn't really an "iconoclast," he's just famous) involved. While each of these celebrities (and, let's face it, the underlying thread between each of these participants is their status as celebrities) may have an individualistic streaks worth celebrating, their standard operating procedure at this point in their respective games, on camera, is to not rock the boat. When the boat is sailing so smoothly, what's the point of steering into unsettling waters?
The most recent show, a pairing of mostly-director Ron Howard(notes) and Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash(notes), was completely different. The story told nothing new - Steve Nash's jumper is pretty amazing, Ron Howard is the right mixture of talented and hard-working (kind of like the guy with the jumper, and Vince Vaughn talks a lot - but it is should-watch (if not "must-watch") viewing.
There's nothing groundbreaking about the setting. Nash has one day, as presented last summer, to fly into Chicago to meet Howard as Howard films a movie starring Vaughn and Winona Rider (both are curiously unmentioned, even as they appear on screen; which I get, but don't really get). Nash talks about coming out of nowhere to become everyone's second-favorite player (besides the best player on their favorite team). Howard, movingly, talks about getting it right after experiencing the same sort of childhood that has led so many other child stars to get it completely wrong. They also appear to play a one on one game to 11, in a gym, winner's outs.
Here is the schedule of the remaining shows, which aren't on Hulu or YouTube as far as I know.
Well worth your time. It's just a slimmed-down look at two people that are well-aware that they're living a charmed life, as a result of their hard work, but charming enough and considerate enough to do something charming with it.
- Steve Nash
- Ron Karkovice
- Robert Redford
- Ron Howard