Our salute to the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man
on 6/2/2004 (3)
In the year 1984, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man made his onscreen debut appearance in the hit movie Ghostbusters. His presence stole the show and elevated Ghostbusters into the upper echelon of American films, rubbing elbows with the likes of Gone with the Wind, Citizen Kane, and King Kong. Stay Puft's striking portrayal of a 50-foot tall marshmallow man was widely considered one of the best acting performances in the past decade and earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
|He's big, he's bad, and he's all marshmallow. |
Stay Puft has always garnished a lot of attention, "Being a 50-foot tall marshmallow man, you come to expect people to take notice," he once said. And yet, he was not a fan of all this attention. With the popularity of Ghostbusters reaching a fevered pitch, Stay Puft was continually hounded by reporters, fans, and those looking to make the world's largest S'more.
"I never had any time to myself," said Stay Puft. "I just wanted to be a normal marshmallow man, doing normal marshmallow man things like Frisbee or motocross."
It was for this reason that Stay Puft left the big budget film industry forever and took a less coveted role in the 'direct to video' market, making such critically denounced films of 'The Elephantman vs. Dracula' and 'The Elephantman in the Hood'.
"Beneath the guise of the Elephantman, I was able to avoid the prying eye of the public," Stay Puft said. "I was judged solely on my acting credentials, and at the end of the day, I could return to my giant gramcracker house without being mobbed by the media and my many fans."
"He was the best damn Elephantman there ever was," said 'The Elephantman in the Hood' director Pauly Shore.
After a string of lackluster video releases, Stay Puft decided to try his hand at writing, something that had been a hobby of his for years. Stay Puft began by writing the movie script 'There's Something About Barry Manilow', though no studios opted to produce it. One executive described this script as "a combination between Tron and that gunk that builds up on the tiles of my bathtub."
Somewhat disheartened by a movie industry that had once showered him with praise, Stay Puft turned to television and situational comedy. In 1993, he joined the writing staff of the fledgling NBC sitcom Mad About You.
"Stay Puft [Marshmallow Man] had a lot of great ideas," says series creator Paul Reiser. "Unfortunately, most of these ideas involved a giant marshmallow man attacking the city and very few of those actually made it into the show."
Stay Puft wrote for Mad About You until 1995 when he left the show, citing irreconcilable creative differences.
"As much as we all loved Puffy, he was no longer right for the show," said Executive Producer Larry Charles. "Initially he had a few good ideas, but near the end of his stay on the show, every idea he pitched was basically the last half hour of Ghostbusters. We did this twice in season three, but felt that fans had seen it enough after that."
What Stay Puft did for the next three years is a mystery. He seemingly disappeared off the face of the Earth, which is quite the impressive feat for a 50-foot tall marshmallow m
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