Allow me to introduce you to “The Action Hero’s Guide To Saving Lives.” It is a short film (about 15 Minutes), and it stars Patrick Warburton (of “Seinfeld,” “The Tick,” “Men In Black II,” “Rules of Engagement” and “Get Smart”), who plays the action super-hero of action super-heroes. His name: Ace Mulligan, and yes, this movie is a comedy.
This short film explores all the cliches of the action movies and, at times, some scenes in the trailer resemble the likes of “Lethal Weapon” and “The Last Action Hero.” It appears to me this might be comedy gold, wrapped in a small package.
The plot description reads: “When lives are on the line… When there’s danger at every turn… When clichés run amuck… Sometimes the best thing to do is call Mulligan! Ace Mulligan! No matter how villainous the madman… How numerous the henchmen… How sexy the damsel, one thing is for sure: Ace Mulligan will always come out on top. Sometimes.”
By the looks of this trailer, the film is a behind-the-scenes style documentary, but at the same time it isn’t. You see Mulligan fail his attempts to infiltrate a hotel room where the bad guys are staying, over and over. Will these failures be incorporated into the actual movie, or are they just for the trailer? How does he keep coming back after getting shot? I don’t know about you, but I could see a full-length movie based on this unique and hilarious character. And Patrick Warburton has a sizable fan-base following.
I will definitely be following “The Action Hero’s Guide To Saving Lives” in hopes that it succeeds once it is released, and then maybe we’ll see more. I mean, what can you expect with a tag-line that reads: “If At First You Don’t Succeed, You Must Be Ace Mulligan.”
The film will screen at the Newport Beach Film Festival on April 25.
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