Strongman

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The extremely confident (and slightly delusional) Stanley "Stanless Steel" Pleskun is a modern-day Samson---an amateur strongman who lifts dump trucks and bends pennies for small crowds. He dreams of fame and fortune, weight-training like an Olympian; despite booking TV appearances around the globe, however, this parking-lot performer lacks the media savvy and dough to crack the A-list. Zachary Levy's immersive vrit approach allows the contradictions to flow naturally, contrasting Stanley's Barnumesque boasting with the realizations that he's underpaid and largely unknown. Once upon a time, raw talent was enough to get your name in lights; as this look at the underside of showbiz reminds us, you also need to know how to sell it.

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By: S. James Snyder

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