Have you ever seen a movie with a message that changes the way you think? I’ve seen many, but this morning in light of the senseless shootings in Arizona the one that sticks out in my mind is The Fisher King with Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams.
The movie centers on Jack Lucas (Jeff Bridges), a superstar talk radio DJ in the Howard Stern mold. After advising an unhinged fan to wipe out a yuppie watering hole, Lucas is naturally shocked when the madman obliges (Roger Crow).
In the movie tough-talking, radio host Jack Lucas was flying high until some psycho listener couldn’t distinguish reality from the rhetoric of hate Lucas used to maintain strong ratings. After listening to Lucas one night the psycho walks in a bar and opens fire killing numerous innocent people.
It was probably twenty years ago when I saw The Fisher King, but it hit me big then. And today the meaning seems even more poignant.
If you get a chance, catch this movie.