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Matinee Monday: Hercules LIVE! (w/ Leslye Headland & Sasheer Zamata)

Matinee Monday: Hercules LIVE! (w/ Leslye Headland & Sasheer Zamata)

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The "How Did This Get Made?" podcast dives into the 1997 film "Hercules" starring Lou Ferrigno. The hosts, Paul Sheer, Jason Mantzoukas, and guest Leslie Headland, are immediately struck by the film's strange opening sequence, which features a lengthy and seemingly unnecessary depiction of the creation of the cosmos. They also point out the film's numerous inconsistencies with Greek mythology, including the presence of robots and a rainbow to hell. The hosts discuss the film's questionable special effects, particularly the slow-motion sequences that seem to be used pointlessly throughout the film. They also find humor in the film's depiction of Hercules, who is portrayed as a strong but somewhat dim-witted character who is constantly being told what to do by others. The hosts also discuss the film's strange ending, which features a confusing and nonsensical resolution to the plot. Overall, the hosts agree that "Hercules" is a bizarre and poorly made film, but they also find it to be entertaining in its absurdity. The hosts then discuss the film's surprisingly positive reviews, with many viewers praising Lou Ferrigno's physique and the film's motivational qualities. One reviewer even included over 60 stills of Ferrigno's muscular body in their Amazon review. The hosts also discuss the phenomenon of people watching the film for motivation, and they compare Ferrigno's physique to that of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is known for his own impressive physique and his competitive nature. The hosts then discuss the film's budget and box office performance, and they compare it to other films that were released in the same year. The hosts conclude by discussing whether or not they would recommend the film to others, with Leslie Headland suggesting that it might be a fun movie to watch while on acid.

Outlines

00:00:00
Introduction

This Chapter introduces the topic of the podcast episode, which is a discussion of the 1997 film "Hercules" starring Lou Ferrigno. The hosts, Paul Sheer, Jason Mantzoukas, and guest Leslie Headland, are excited to discuss the film and share their thoughts on its absurdity.

00:00:10
The Film's Opening Sequence

This Chapter focuses on the film's opening sequence, which features a lengthy and seemingly unnecessary depiction of the creation of the cosmos. The hosts are immediately struck by the strangeness of this sequence and find it to be a poor start to the film.

00:00:33
The Film's Inaccuracies

This Chapter discusses the film's numerous inconsistencies with Greek mythology. The hosts point out the presence of robots, a rainbow to hell, and other elements that are not found in traditional Greek mythology. They also discuss the film's questionable special effects, particularly the slow-motion sequences that seem to be used pointlessly throughout the film.

00:20:33
The Film's Depiction of Hercules

This Chapter focuses on the film's depiction of Hercules, who is portrayed as a strong but somewhat dim-witted character who is constantly being told what to do by others. The hosts find humor in this portrayal and discuss the film's strange ending, which features a confusing and nonsensical resolution to the plot.

00:33:54
The Film's Visuals

This Chapter discusses the film's visuals, which the hosts find to be dated and poorly made. They also discuss the film's strange depiction of Africa, which they find to be offensive and inaccurate.

00:47:00
The Film's Ending

This Chapter focuses on the film's ending, which the hosts find to be confusing and nonsensical. They also discuss the film's overall message, which they find to be unclear and poorly executed.

00:48:30
Audience Questions

This Chapter features questions from the audience about the film. The hosts discuss the film's budget and how they would have remade it if they had been given the opportunity.

00:50:45
The Film's Christian Influences

This Chapter discusses the film's possible Christian influences. The hosts point out the film's strange depiction of Zeus, who is created without sex, and the film's homophobic rainbow to hell. They also discuss the film's strange depiction of science, which they find to be inconsistent with the film's overall message.

00:53:50
Second Opinions

This Chapter features a second opinion from a member of the audience who believes that the film is great. The hosts continue to discuss the film's absurdity and share their own opinions on its merits.

00:54:07
The Film's Reviews

This Chapter discusses the film's surprisingly positive reviews, with many viewers praising Lou Ferrigno's physique and the film's motivational qualities. One reviewer even included over 60 stills of Ferrigno's muscular body in their Amazon review. The hosts also discuss the phenomenon of people watching the film for motivation, and they compare Ferrigno's physique to that of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is known for his own impressive physique and his competitive nature.

Keywords

Hercules
Hercules is a figure in Greek mythology, known for his superhuman strength and his twelve labors. He is the son of Zeus, the king of the gods, and Alcmene, a mortal woman. Hercules is often depicted as a strong and heroic figure, but he is also known for his flaws, such as his anger and his tendency to be impulsive. The story of Hercules has been told and retold in many different forms, including plays, poems, and films. The most famous version of the story is probably the Disney animated film "Hercules," which was released in 1997. The film tells the story of Hercules' journey to become a hero and his eventual triumph over the evil god Hades.

Lou Ferrigno
Lou Ferrigno is an American actor, bodybuilder, and fitness personality. He is best known for his role as the Incredible Hulk in the 1970s television series of the same name. Ferrigno was born in Brooklyn, New York, and began bodybuilding at a young age. He won the Mr. Universe title in 1973 and the Mr. America title in 1974. Ferrigno's physique and his role as the Incredible Hulk made him a popular figure in the 1970s and 1980s. He has also appeared in several other films and television shows, including "The King of Queens" and "The Nanny." Ferrigno is also a fitness expert and has written several books on bodybuilding and fitness.

Greek Mythology
Greek mythology is a body of myths and legends that originated in Ancient Greece. These stories were passed down orally for centuries before being written down in the 8th century BC. Greek mythology is rich in gods, goddesses, heroes, and monsters. The stories often explore themes of love, war, death, and the human condition. Greek mythology has had a profound influence on Western culture, and its stories and characters continue to be popular today. Some of the most famous figures in Greek mythology include Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Hades, Persephone, Hermes, Aphrodite, Ares, Dionysus, Demeter, Hestia, Hephaestus, and Eros. The stories of these gods and goddesses are often complex and contradictory, reflecting the complexities of human nature. Greek mythology also features many famous heroes, such as Heracles, Odysseus, Achilles, and Perseus. These heroes are often depicted as strong and courageous figures who overcome great challenges. Greek mythology is a fascinating and enduring body of stories that continues to inspire and entertain people today.

How Did This Get Made?
How Did This Get Made? is a popular podcast hosted by Paul Sheer, Jason Mantzoukas, and June Diane Raphael. The podcast focuses on discussing bad movies, with the hosts providing their unique and often hilarious takes on the films. The podcast has become a cult classic, with a large and dedicated following. The hosts are known for their witty banter, their ability to find humor in even the most terrible films, and their willingness to poke fun at themselves. The podcast has also been praised for its ability to create a sense of community among its listeners. How Did This Get Made? is a must-listen for anyone who enjoys bad movies, comedy, and podcasts.

Special Effects
Special effects (SFX) are the illusions or visual tricks used in film, television, theatre, video games, and other media to simulate events or create fantastical imagery that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with traditional techniques. They can be broadly categorized into practical effects, which are created physically on set, and visual effects (VFX), which are created digitally in post-production. Practical effects include things like explosions, pyrotechnics, makeup, prosthetics, and animatronics. Visual effects include things like CGI, compositing, motion capture, and matte painting. Special effects have become increasingly sophisticated over the years, and they are now an essential part of many films and television shows. They can be used to create realistic environments, characters, and events, or to create fantastical and imaginative worlds. Special effects can also be used to enhance the storytelling and to create a more immersive experience for the audience.

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American actor, filmmaker, and former professional bodybuilder and politician. He served as the 38th governor of California from 2003 to 2011. Schwarzenegger gained international fame as a bodybuilder, winning the Mr. Universe title at age 20 and going on to win the Mr. Olympia contest a record seven times. He then transitioned to acting, starring in films such as Conan the Barbarian (1982), The Terminator (1984), Predator (1987), Total Recall (1990), and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). He is known for his action roles and his distinctive Austrian accent. Schwarzenegger has also been involved in politics, serving as the governor of California from 2003 to 2011. He is a Republican and has been a vocal supporter of conservative causes. Schwarzenegger has been married twice and has five children. He is a prominent figure in the entertainment industry and has been recognized for his contributions to bodybuilding, acting, and politics.

Netflix
Netflix is an American subscription streaming service and production company. Launched on August 29, 1997, it offers a film and television series library through distribution deals as well as its own productions, known as Netflix Originals. Netflix is available in over 190 countries and has over 220 million paid subscribers worldwide. The company has become a major force in the entertainment industry, and its original programming has been praised for its quality and innovation. Some of Netflix's most popular original series include "Stranger Things," "The Crown," "Bridgerton," "Ozark," and "Squid Game." Netflix has also produced several critically acclaimed films, including "Roma," "The Irishman," and "Marriage Story." The company has been credited with revolutionizing the way people consume entertainment, and it has become a major competitor to traditional television networks and movie studios.

Russian Doll
Russian Doll is an American science fiction comedy-drama television series created by Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler, and Leslye Headland. The series follows Nadia Vulvokov (played by Lyonne), a game developer who is trapped in a time loop, reliving the same day over and over again, dying in a variety of ways each time. The series explores themes of death, rebirth, and the meaning of life. Russian Doll was praised for its sharp writing, its strong performances, and its unique premise. The series was nominated for several awards, including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. The series was renewed for a second season, which premiered in April 2022.

Conan the Barbarian
Conan the Barbarian is a fictional character created by Robert E. Howard. He is a Cimmerian warrior who lives in the Hyborian Age, a fictional prehistoric era. Conan is known for his strength, his swordsmanship, and his brutal nature. He is also a skilled thief and a cunning strategist. Conan has been featured in numerous novels, comics, films, and video games. The most famous adaptation of Conan is the 1982 film "Conan the Barbarian," which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film was a critical and commercial success, and it helped to launch Schwarzenegger's career as an action star. Conan the Barbarian is a popular character in fantasy fiction, and he continues to be a source of inspiration for writers, artists, and filmmakers.

Staying Alive
Staying Alive is a 1983 American musical film directed by Sylvester Stallone and starring John Travolta. It is a sequel to the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever. The film follows Tony Manero (Travolta) as he moves to New York City to pursue a career as a dancer. He faces many challenges, including competition from other dancers, financial difficulties, and the death of his friend, Bobby C. The film features a number of popular songs, including "Staying Alive" and "I'm Not Gonna Miss You." Staying Alive was a commercial success, but it was not as well-received by critics as its predecessor. The film was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, including Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.

Superman 3
Superman III is a 1983 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Superman. It is the third installment in the Superman film series, following Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980). The film stars Christopher Reeve as Superman, Richard Pryor as Gus Gorman, and Robert Vaughn as Ross Webster. The film follows Superman as he faces a new threat from a pair of businessmen who are trying to take over the world. Superman III was a critical and commercial disappointment, and it is often considered to be the weakest film in the Superman series. The film was criticized for its poor special effects, its lack of a coherent plot, and its uninspired performances.

Q&A

  • What are some of the inconsistencies with Greek mythology in the film "Hercules"?

    The hosts point out that the film features robots, a rainbow to hell, and other elements that are not found in traditional Greek mythology.

  • Why do some people find the film "Hercules" to be motivational?

    Many viewers praise Lou Ferrigno's physique and the film's motivational qualities. One reviewer even included over 60 stills of Ferrigno's muscular body in their Amazon review.

  • How does the film "Hercules" compare to other films that were released in the same year?

    The film was released in 1983, which means it was up against movies like Return of the Jedi, Terms of Endearment, and Flash Dance. It came in '66 out of all the movies made that year. It was beaten by the two films that we've done in this podcast, Staying Alive in Superman 3.

  • Would the hosts recommend watching the film "Hercules"?

    The hosts are divided on whether or not they would recommend the film. Leslie Headland suggests that it might be a fun movie to watch while on acid, while Jason Mantzoukas says that it's not as fun as he would have liked it to be.

  • What is the phenomenon of people watching the film "Hercules" for motivation?

    The hosts discuss the phenomenon of people watching the film for motivation, and they compare Ferrigno's physique to that of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is known for his own impressive physique and his competitive nature.

  • What is the film's budget and box office performance?

    The film's budget was $2.5 million, although Wikipedia says variety said it was $6 million. Opening weekend was $3.7 million. And it grossed $10.6 million dollars.

  • What is the film's overall message?

    The hosts find the film's overall message to be unclear and poorly executed.

  • What is the film's strange depiction of Africa?

    The hosts find the film's strange depiction of Africa to be offensive and inaccurate.

  • What is the film's strange ending?

    The hosts find the film's ending to be confusing and nonsensical.

  • What is the film's strange opening sequence?

    The hosts are immediately struck by the strangeness of the film's opening sequence, which features a lengthy and seemingly unnecessary depiction of the creation of the cosmos.

Show Notes

Leslye Headland (Star Wars: The Acolyte) and Sasheer Zamata (SNL) join Paul and Jason to discuss the 1983 sci-fi fantasy film Hercules starring Lou Ferrigno. LIVE from Largo in Los Angeles, they talk about the robots, Hercules tossing a bear into space, Lou Ferrigno’s dubbed voice, and much more. (Originally Released 05/23/2019)


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Matinee Monday: Hercules LIVE! (w/ Leslye Headland & Sasheer Zamata)

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