It doesn’t matter how incredible Burt Wonderstone is — because even the greatest of magicians isn’t impervious to the cold, harsh sting of rejection.
During “MTV First: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” MTV News premiered a brand-new exclusive clip from Steve Carell and Jim Carrey’s comedy about a pair of rival illusionists in the Las Vegas magic scene. The clip centers on one of the first meetings between their characters — Carell playing the titular Wonderstone, more washed-up than he is incredible, with Carrey taking on the role of Steve Gray, a street-magician in the vein of David Blaine. As one might expect when encountering these two A-type personalities, the meeting doesn’t go well.
When the scene begins, Wonderstone and his accomplice, Anton Marvelton (played by “Boardwalk Empire” leading man Steve Buscemi), approach Gray, who has just finished performing a mysterious, “disgusting” and “pretty good” trick — a trick that’s left Gray with a huge gash on the side of his face. Gray uses the side-mirror of a truck to guide him through stitching up his own wound, an act that requires so much of his concentration that he barely notices Burt’s approach.
“We caught your thing out on the streets and it was … disgusting,” says Burt. “But pretty good!”
“Good, bad … I don’t eat from that tree,” Gray snarls backs. He straightens up and gives Burt a once-over, his stitching needle dangling from the side of his face. “Any chance I can get you to sign something for me?”
Burt, visibly tickled by the ego-boosting request, says he normally doesn’t sign autographs, but supposes he can make an exception for the up-and-coming street-magician. But Gray isn’t asking for an autograph. “It’s a release form,” he clarifies. “Just in case we caught you in the background. I don’t want to have to pixelate your face.”
Is that a not-so-thinly-veiled threat? If so, it goes over Wonderstone’s head, as he complies with Gray’s request. Anton, meanwhile, asks if he needs to sign a release. “No,” Gray says, studying Buscemi’s character closely. “I can pixelate your face.”
Signatures in hand, Gray is ready to take off, but not before Wonderstone makes an offer or two of his own. “We have a show over at Balley’s and I can get you some comps, if you want to take a look at our act,” he says. “We do this one trick: it’s a man’s head…”
“Tell you what,” Gray interrupts, just as his car starts taking off. “Pretend I’m still here, and tell me all about it.”
Well, that’s one way to make a man disappear…
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