“Jeopardy!” icon Ken Jennings has a huge audience on Twitter with nearly 500,000 followers. And the trivia master has been churning out tons of funny content recently. His most recent tweet? A hilarious observation about a little-known 1988 movie called “Moon Over Parador.”
What if we told you that “Jaws” star Richard Dreyfuss played a South American dictator in a major motion picture? Can you picture the Hungarian-Russian Jewish actor pulling it off?
Well, he did it. Although the movie ended up flopping commercially.
This information apparently made Ken Jennings chuckle. The “Jeopardy!” legend joked about being forced to choose an American actor to play a South American dictator. He hilariously interrupted his own question from the perspective of the 1988 movie “Moon Over Parador,” and put forward Dreyfuss as the one and only option.
“To be fair, there was a time when Dreyfuss strangely made sense to casting directors for every role,” replied one Twitter user.
Another user responded:
Jennings himself followed the tweet up with, “that one was for my 102 Paul Mazursky diehards, thanks Parador fam,” poking fun at the obscurity of his joke. Paul Mazursky directed the film. He is best know for his work on movies such as “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” and “Moscow on the Hudson.”
Richard Dreyfuss Played an Actor in the Movie Referenced by ‘Jeopardy!’ Star
So it looks a bit weird. But it’s not as weird as it looks. It’s not like the American actor was playing a role written for an actual South American.
In the movie, Dreyfuss plays the role of Jack Noah, an American actor who happens to be filming in the fictional country of Parador. After the cast and crew are invited to the palace, the real dictator dies suddenly. Because Jack Noah looks so much like the former dictator and already has the skill set, he is pressed into pretending to be the leader of Parador.
It’s a silly romantic comedy that has fun with its premise. And it’s not Richard Dreyfuss’ best work ever, but funnily enough, some critics have pointed to his casting as one of the movie’s strengths.