Jimmy Kimmel Transforms Popular YouTube Hits Into Dramatic Movie Trailers (Video)
UPDATED: In a new series that debuted on Sunday's post-Oscar special, popular viral videos "Charlie Bit My Finger!" the "Double Rainbow" guy and "Keyboard Cat" were given the star treatment.
How did Jimmy Kimmel follow up Movie: The Movie and Movie: The Movie Twovie on his ninth annual post-Oscar special? By rolling out four movie trailers based on hugely popular YouTube videos -- with the hopes of turning those into viral hits.
First up: Bitman Begins, introduced by Martin Scorsese. The plot? "Hunger, incarceration and revenge threaten a family in a visceral action-packed thriller that calls into question the human need for vengeance."
Starring real-life siblings Chris Hemsworth and Liam Hemsworth as -- you guessed it -- brothers, the movie trailer parodied "Charlie Bit My Finger!" and saw the two "estranged" siblings meet in a climactic showdown in the dead of night on a rooftop somewhere. "I will find him ... and I will destroy him," the elder Hemsworth declares prior to their head-to-head matchup. When Tom Hanks warns the younger Hemsworth about his brother's plan of attack, he scoffs at the threat: "Then let him come." As it's revealed at the end, things got dicey between the two when Liam bit off a chunk of Chris' hand. Ouch. Meryl Streep also makes a dramatic cameo.
The parody, "directed by Christopher Nolan," begins at the 0:22 mark.
The second one: Sweet Brown: Ain't Nobody Got Time for That, presented by Morgan Freeman.
Queen Latifah stars as Sweet Brown, a spoof of "Sweet Brown." Barkhad Abdi appears as a young Barack Obama, Adam Driver plays Steve Jobs and Kimmel's archnemesis Matt Damon, "in his most important deleted scene yet." Though Damon successfully hijacked Jimmy Kimmel Live! last year, looks like Kimmel has the last laugh yet again with the real Sweet Brown interrupting a Damon interview to dish out her famous line: "Ain't nobody got time for that!"
The parody begins at the 0:22 mark.
The third, Ameowdeus is a classical music spoof on "Keyboard Cat," and received a grand introduction by Anjelica Huston.
Ben Kingsley, Gary Oldman and Mandy Patinkin all don midcentury garb, with Christoph Waltz getting comfortable in an oversized hamster suit as the new Keyboard Amadeus Cat (Kevin Spacey) wins over the crowd with his "amazing" key-board playing skills. While one seems to garner all the praise -- and the ladies (most notably Abbie Cornish) -- the other spends his time in his wheel. "Why God, why must you torture me with beauty I can never attain?" Waltz asks, desperately seeking answers as he enacts his revenge on Ameowdeus. (Kimmel makes a cameo as Dramatic Chipmunk.)
Watch the spoof below.
A toothless Joseph Gordon-Levitt took on the role of "David," saying lines of dialogue that were lifted straight from the original YouTube video posted years ago. But Kimmel's original took it one step further, integrating what "David" could have been visualizing as he was hallucinating. That's where "Double Rainbow" -- with a singing Catherine Zeta-Jones, Samuel L. Jackson as an evil dentist and Seth Rogen as the drugged-out "Double Rainbow" guy -- comes in.
The parody, "directed by Baz Luhrmann," begins at the 0:22 mark.