Fans keep the movie industry alive: buying tickets, anointing stars, reading magazines and websites. But when movies put fans on-screen they’re often depicted in negative ways: threatening stars, demanding attention, murdering people who threaten their dreams. If a movie features a character defined by their fandom, odds are they’ve got some issues, be they psychological or hygenic. Inspired by the release of Ken Loach’s new film “Looking for Eric,” a more positive representation of fans in which a football lover (Steve Evets) begins receiving hallucinated visits from his favorite player, Eric Cantona (playing himself), this week’s IFC News podcast examines the many ways in which fans and fan culture have been represented on-screen, some good, most bad, a few downright mean.
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