Linked from all over the place. But still, if you haven’t seen it, it’s new to you 🙂
“Brian Atene, born August 16, 1963 is a former student in the Juilliard School of performing arts, who became a minor internet phenomenon in 2006 when an audition tape he had made in 1984 for the film Full Metal Jacket was posted on YouTube. The video attracted considerable attention because of the apparent hubris (“You will find in me the finest actor of the lot, the most beautifully trained, the most capable”), and comical over-acting displayed by the 20 year old aspiring actor while attempting to attract the attention of director Stanley Kubrick. The video was mentioned on prominent web sites such as Boing Boing and Gawker and spread in classic viral fashion, inspiring numerous remixes. After the breakout of the YouTube video, a prankster crafted a response to the original tape, pretending to be a 43 year old Atene, which was posted to YouTube. The real Atene appears to have created a userid on YouTube called “juilliardropout”. He claims that he will post a video sometime in the near future and that the original video although real was done partly tongue-in-cheek.”
A two week old link from Metafilter, by the way.