Spoiler alert: Ben Aldridge, star of ‘Spoiler Alert,’ is on the cusp of stardom. In his second feature film, coming out on Netflix in May, the actor/director/producer/writer from Georgia is about to become a bona fide movie star. And the guy who made the film, his pal and collaborator Greg Kinnear, is set to headline the Oscars.
It’s a very strange time to be a director in Hollywood — and maybe we’re just the strange ones. But here we are, in 2017, and the world is still talking about the films of late filmmaker Werner Herzog. So it’s fitting that Netflix has been courting him about making a movie he created, and with another actor who may be a star and a movie he co-wrote. It’s going to be his directorial debut, and his second feature film as a director. And we’ve already seen how good it is. The film is starring Aldridge’s longtime friend and collaborator Greg Kinnear as a man trying to get back on his feet but too broken to work for a living. Kinnear plays a man trying to get back on his feet but too broken to work for a living. That’s the only role for which he’ll accept that contract.
And speaking of Kinnear, he’s about to get an Oscar nomination for playing a man trying to get back on his feet but too broken to work for a living.
Before we get to that, let’s talk about the film itself. It’s called Spoiler Alert, and it stars Aldridge as Timmy, a man in his early 30s with a failing marriage who tries to make his living a few different jobs, but only manages to keep one. To do so, he turns into a professional stalker who tracks down women who’ve been dumped by their husbands (who were, of course, Timmy’s exes). And once he finds them, he tries to get them to cheat, but only succeeds at getting them to fall in love with him — and falling in love with each other. Aldridge plays the main character, but the two main other characters are also played by Kinnear — who also starred in the movie.
How that all got made can be summed up just by talking about Aldridge