Paul Reubens is one hell of a character actor, but that fact tends to get overshadowed by his greatest creation: Pee-Wee Herman. He had one of the funniest death scenes ever in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was terrific in the underrated Mystery Men, and got some long overdue respect for his role as the hairdresser/coke trafficker in Blow. He's been appearing in a lot of television these days, he was insanely hilarious as the inbred prince on a recent episode of 30 Rock -- "It feels good to laugh!" -- and the only remotely entertaining thing about this past season of Dirt, a show that certainly lived up to its name. NBC recently signed him to star in Area 57, a buzzed-about sitcom about "a passive-aggressive alien being watched over by a bunch of government employees" (Sounds like ALF, right?) The guy's pretty hot right now.

But what of Pee-Wee? There's been a lot of talk lately about the return of Pee-Wee, in not one but two major motion pictures. Reubens has stated that he would like to do one first that would be more for kids, and another darker film that would be more for adults. Imdb has Pee Wee's Playhouse: The Movie (the one for kids) listed for a 2007 release, but it doesn't seem like that is going to be the case. At a recent convention, Pee-Wee stated that another Pee-Wee movie is only in "pre-pre-pre-production," and that he is nearing a deal to secure financing for the film. Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is one of my favorite movies. I grew up on it, so it came as a huge shock to learn that Reubens is 54 years old! I guess watching someone play a grown-up kid for so long makes you forget the grown-up in there. The guy still looks great, but I do hope he gets these movies together before it just becomes ridiculous. Reubens has not appeared in full Pee-wee voice and regalia in 15 years. I say it's time!
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