Funnyman Harry Shearer gets serious with Katrina documentary 'The Big Uneasy'
Harry Shearer is mad as hell, and he's not going to take it anymore.
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Harry Shearer, in an image from 'The Big Uneasy.'
And so, after five years of cringing whenever Hurricane Katrina is referred to as "a natural disaster," the multihyphenated entertainer (actor-humorist-commentator-musician-broadcaster-pretend rock star) and part-time New Orleanian is adding another hyphen to his job description: documentarian.
The result? "The Big Uneasy, " landing tonight (Aug. 30) in 200-plus theaters nationwide. It's an unconventional release, to say the least -- opening on a Monday and, in most cases, playing for one night only -- but one timed to coincide with the storm's fifth anniversary.
The gist: Eh, you might want to keep that ax in your attic.
"As the authors of the Berkeley report say, this was not a natural disaster, " Shearer said, calling to discuss the movie recently after a screening in Washington. "This was a man-made disaster, and therefore it could have been prevented -- and therefore its repetition can be prevented. But it won't just happen by wishing."
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