Bowfinger True Story Explained: How Much Is Real?

Comedic actors Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy star in one of Frank Oz’s most underrated satirical films Bow finger, and the film’s ridiculous events are actually based on the truth. There are a lot of scenes in Bow finger that question reality and make viewers skeptical that the film is based on something remotely real. It doesn’t seem like there’s a Hollywood producer out there desperate enough to do anything Bobby Bowfinger does to get a picture. He’s crossing the border to recruit a camera crew. He follows Kit Ramsey by giving him lines and filming sincere responses. He even goes so far as to take advantage of Kit’s mental health, which really leads him to believe that aliens are after him. While some of the smaller details come from Steve Martin’s brilliant mind, the overall story is too crazy not to be true.


Eddie Murphy plays both Kit and Jiff Ramsey, while Steve Martin stars as Bobby Bowfinger. Heather Graham also makes appearances as aspiring actress Daisy, a girl who will make it anything to get the part. Bowfinger is a hapless B-movie producer who has raised enough cash to make his own movie ($ 2,184 to be precise). Universal manager Jerry Renfro (Robert Downey Jr.) promises the studio will distribute the film if Bowfinger can get A-listener Kit Ramsey to sign up. Ramsey refuses, so Bowfinger takes a different approach. He begins to make the film without Ramsey’s knowledge, has crew members say lines and films the actor’s responses. Everything goes well until the actor starts to believe that aliens are following him. Desperate, Bowfinger hires Jiff Ramsey, who turns out to be Kit’s nerdy brother.

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war of stars‘Based on Yoda puppeteers Frank Oz and Steve Martin Bow finger‘s story about a real event that happened to legendary film star Mary Pickford. According to IMDB, a Russian filmmaker followed the actress while she was vacationing there. Apparently the director shot undisguised footage of Pickford without her knowing it and put an entire film together around it. This sold the idea that the famous American actress was starring in a Russian film, which was beneficial for the emerging USSR film industry. While the finer details of Bow finger are different from the Russian film Potseluy meri pikford, the overall idea is exactly the same. The rumor was known in Hollywood. Steve Martin must have thought the implications of such a story might have some strange outcome – and he was right.

Eddie Murphy as Jiff in Bowfinger

There are many other comedies based on a true story such as Battle of the sexes, 50 first dates, and The big sick one. While the rumor of Pickford’s voyeuristic film raged for a while, the story of was Potseluy meri pikford was updated. While not as interesting as the rumor, another story behind the film is that Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks knowingly made cameos in the film. The reason for their appearances was to support the new film movement of the USSR. It doesn’t have to have worked out well for the director Sergey Komarov, as he only directed one other film afterwards (although his acting career began). Bow finger is not based on this rendering, and obviously for good reason.

Beverly Hills police officer Star Eddie Murphy brings his comedic A-Game to the big screen using one of his main pieces by playing both Kit and Jiff Ramsey. Steve Martin grabs the ridiculously ambitious Bobby Bowfinger with full force as he tries to make his secret film come true. All in all, Bow finger is an underrated, half-reality satire that makes fun of movies and the Hollywood industry as a whole.

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