"Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
In a sign that things don’t actually exist until Reddit finds them for our mass consumption, the Internet is abuzz over a mashup of clips that include Louis C.K. circa 2008, Bradley Cooper 15 years ago, younger Sean Penn, and a scene from 2013 Oscar-nominated film “American Hustle.”
As it was unearthed several years ago, many will recall that in 1999, a young, fresh-faced Bradley Cooper once asked for advice/fawned over Sean Penn from the audience during a taping of “Inside the Actors Studio.”
In an unrelated conversation in 2008, C.K. mocked the aspiring actors who appear in “Inside the Actors Studio” when talking to comedian Stephen Merchant. The ever-incisive C.K. joked that the poor actors who want to ask “Sean Penn or whoever” for advice will “never be famous.” “That’s it, you’ll never be famous!” he joked.
Now one Redditor has put all of that together in one sugary mashup for the Internet’s immediate consumption, following the beautiful irony to its logical conclusion: C.K. getting his comeuppance years later, in a scene from “American Hustle.” Watch the Internet’s magic, below:
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Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)