The popularity of Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen relies on an audience's investment in both theatrical and supposedly candid performance. In Spectacular, dialogue is appropriated from film and television clips, as well as biographical documentation such as interview and trial footage. The viewer observes portraits of the actors that combine situations and characteristics of film and photojournalism. At the same time, a dialogue between the fake and the real versions of these actors addresses issues regarding performance, betrayal and truth.
- I've been meaning to talk to you.
Look, I'm sure you're a very nice woman but... (sigh) I don't know. I'm really tired.
I... you know, I did the best I could.
I know. I know. You know, I've been thinking and... I just...
I don't know if I'm... (sigh) I can't really explain.
Um, I just want to say that I... as far as I knew I was, um--
I wasn't expecting any special treatment.
Did you practice that in the mirror?
I... I did do everything that I was told to do and--
Because I am perfect! Is that what you're saying?
- It's me again. Don't worry I'm not stocking.
(laughter) I mean, I got nothing to hide. Come on!
Little window into old Charlie, huh? Anyway... look, here's the deal.You know all about my past. You know my flaws. Why are you still here?
Um (laugh)... it uh... it was just love. It was just seein' what's up.
Okay, okay, maybe we have developed some sort of friendship--
Whatever, it's just a joke. People take everything so literally.
Hey, I get it. You're bored.
Yes, I got bored is what happened. I think my passion is misinterpreted as anger sometimes.And as a result, it's uh... I've had people say I'm insane or that they don't think what I'm saying is true or--
Oh, don't think like that. It makes me feel horrible watching you go through this. Whose fault is it?