My worldview is being ROCKED TO THE CORE.
Everything about this video is fascinating to me. Is Ryan Miller being….funny?
Ordinarily when I laugh at Crunchy it’s because he’s doing something unintentionally hilarious by being the most serious person imaginable. This here? This is something new.
I’ve never seen Caddyshack (I know, I know, it’s a classic blah blah blah. I’ve also never seen Slap Shot. YES, YOU HEARD ME RIGHT), so I only have a vague understanding of the character Crunchy is playing here, but still. I’m amused that a. Ryan Miller’s love of Caddyshack is apparently very genuine, and b. he’s wearing a funny hat and and lugging around a big hose, and c. HE’S OBVIOUSLY LOVING THIS GIG.
I really truly don’t know what to make of this.
Honestly, it’s almost impossible for me to believe that Crunchy is capable of this type of lighthearted tomfoolery. Maybe the video is CGI? It has to be CGI, right? RIGHT?!
You know, now that I think about it, I bet this project has been meticulously planned for years. At some point, years ago, ESPN magazine contacted Ryan Miller’s agent and told him that they’d like to reenact some scenes from Caddyshack. Ryan agreed to do it, but only on the condition that he be given the proper chance to prepare. He then hired an acting coach, and spent years researching the role and rehearsing his “improvised” lines. Crunchy has spent countless hours trying to capture the essence of this character, driving everyone around him insane with the constant and relentless pursuit of Caddyshack-recitation perfection. Finally, when the conditions were right (when Ryan was feeling well rested, well hydrated, and during a period of time when he and his team of performance psychologists felt his self-esteem was at it’s highest), he was willing to perform his impressions in front of an ESPN camera crew.
Crunchy just wants to be the best impressionist he can be. With hard work, plus a schedule of short AND longterm goals, Ryan Miller believes he’s got what it takes to do a good Carl Spackler.
Okay, phew. Worldview restored.