I first saw this Brian Atene YouTube video a few months back. It embodied everything that turned me away from theatre.
It is also so painfully funny that you can’t look away.
Let’s be kind to young Mr. Atene. We probably were all this vain and pretentious once, we just don’t have YouTube videos as undying, public proof. The clip is 4:32 in length and it just gets better as it goes.
Julliard student Brian Atene, then aged 20, in his taped audition for Full Metal Jacket:
To his credit, Brian Atene grew up to be a very weird and very talented person who is able to laugh at his younger self — and to make a very odd and funny YouTube video about his 23-year-old leaked audition tape. This one’s a little long at 7:39.
And the Brian Atene saga concludes with the next generation: Son of Atene, who has been genetically modified to be the BEST ACTOR IN THE WORLD. Video is 5:32 in length.