Mike Redmond presser evokes Brando’s great scene in ‘Apocalypse Now’ (video)
During Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond’s press conference following the team’s loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night, some technical difficulties ensued when the lights in the room lost power.
Order was quickly restored as the lights came back on rather quickly, but for a brief moment, chaos and madness reigned, and it could be plainly seen in Redmond’s eyes.
Cut4 has some GIFs that isolate how Redmond’s face reveals his descent into madness:
Being a student of great cinema, after watching the GIFs, the lightning and everything about the incident instantly reminded me of Marlon Brando’s legendary scene from the 1979 Francis Ford Coppola classic, “Apocalypse Now.” You know the one, when Martin Sheen’s character, Captain Benjamin L. Willard, finally meets his target when he comes face to face with the twisted madness, tortured mind and fractured psyche of Colonel Walter E. Kurtz, as portrayed by Brando:
The horror … the horror …
And yet, given how horribly the Marlins season has progressed thus far, I’m surprised Redmond’s give-and-take with the media didn’t go something like this:
Redmond: Did they say why, reporter, why they want to terminate my command?
Reporter: I was sent on a classified mission, sir.
Redmond: It’s no longer classified, is it? Did they tell you?
Reporter: They told me that you had gone totally insane, and that your methods were unsound.
Redmond: Are my methods unsound?
Reporter: I don’t see any method at all, sir.
Redmond: I expected someone like you. What did you expect? Were you an assasin sent here by Loria?
Reporter: I’m a reporter.
Redmond: You’re neither. You’re an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks, to collect a bill.
Yeah, that would have been cool.