I have updated the gallery with 263 Screen Captures from Cannes Man, a project Johnny did back in 1996 as himself, to the photo archive as well as 35 Outtakes (Captures) and 2 Stills and Behind the Scenes.
Frank ‘Rhino’ Rhinoslavsky (Quinn) is a dumb part-time cab driver in New York who wants to break into film business. He doesn’t have anything to offer, and just thinks that he can start at the top, as a writer. Opportunity knocks on Frank’s door when he goes to the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France to deliver some props to Troma, Inc.
So, he meets Sy Lerner (Seymor Cassel), perhaps a bigger loser in movie business and as each person interviewed in this mockumentary, he has made a fool out of a lot of industry executives and cost them plenty of money. Lerner makes a bet with his friend that he can take any shmoe off the street and turn them into the biggest success around. And Frank is his shmoe. ‘Rhino’ is going to create the same success by letting others do all the work.
Sy Lerner takes on Frank as his pet project. He shows Frank how to dress and behave, tells him how to respond when being interviewed such as never saying too much, and always being ambiguous. Then Sy Lerner comes up with the vehicle for Frank’s reputation, by naming him the writer of a new movie. Only the movie doesn’t exist and Frank isn’t a writer. And, even knowing Lerner’s reputation, people buy into the garbage. And now, everyone wants a piece of that action. Lerner and Frank (now given a fitting industry name of “Frank Rhino”) have everyone knocking down their door, popular directors, big name producers, and famous actors (including Johnny Depp and Jim Jarmusch). Interviews, press opportunities, everything: Frank is the “Cannes Man,” and he didn’t have to do much to get it. So, they are at the Cannes Film Festival. It’s where deals get made, producers get laid, and stars get paid. It’s where all the movie industry meets to buy and sell all the movies on the planet. And it’s where the art of the deal can be filled with more laughs than the deal itself.