Being Michael Madsen

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Being Michael Madsen
Being Michael Madsen FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byMichael Mongillo
Produced byDaniel A. Sherkow
Written byJames Charbonneau
Michael Mongillo
David Wexler
StarringMichael Madsen
Jason Alan Smith
Doug Tompos
Kathy Searle
Music byChristopher Klatman
CinematographyJeff Hoyt
Edited byMichael Mongillo
Taylor Warren
Release date
  • September 28, 2007 (2007-09-28) (Raindance Film Festival)
CountryUnited States

Being Michael Madsen is a 2007 comedy film directed by Michael Mongillo and produced by Daniel A. Sherkow. The film takes a mockumentary approach in re-imagining actor Michael Madsen as a paparazzi-hounded movie star who hatches a revenge scheme against a tabloid journalist. The film co-stars Virginia Madsen, David Carradine, Harry Dean Stanton, Daryl Hannah, Lacey Chabert, and Debbie Rochon.[1][2][3]

Despite a 5/5 Film Threat review, as well as positive press from the likes of Variety and BoxOffice, and a selection to become part of the New Horizons Film Festival mockumentary retrospective (alongside such acclaimed films as This is Spinal Tap and Man Bites Dog), Madsen revealed that he regretted doing the film in a 2015 interview with The A.V. Club.[4][5][6][7]

Its title is a reference to the 1999 film Being John Malkovich.


  1. ^ “Being Michael Madsen,” Variety, December 6, 2007
  2. ^ “Being Michael Madsen,” AllMovie/New York Times
  3. ^ “Being Michael Madsen,” Box Office Magazine, February 15, 2008 Archived November 19, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Hall, Phil (7 May 2007). "Being Michael Madsen". Film Threat. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  5. ^ Leydon, Joe (6 December 2007). "Review: 'Being Michael Madsen'". Variety. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  6. ^ Schieron, Sara (15 February 2008). "mockumentary that 'plays both sides against the middle': Being Michael Madsen". BoxOffice. Archived from the original on 24 November 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  7. ^ Michael Madsen on Donnie Brasco, Free Willy, and life in the Tarantino club

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